dpkg: error processing [package_name].deb (--unpack): failed in buffer_read(fb)

Asked by luchon on 2007-10-17

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04

trying to install updates either at cmd line or synaptic results in error message:

(Reading database ... dpkg: error processing [package_name].deb (--unpack):
 failed in buffer_read(fd): files list for package `package_component`: Input/output error
Errors were encountered while processing:
 [package_name].deb
Process was halted because there were too many errors.
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

This issue occur trying to install any package, at both command line and synaptic interfaces.

please help

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Wrwrwr (wrwrwr) said :
#1

Maybe some hard disk error(s). Have you tried checking your partitions with fsck?
In terminal: "sudo touch /forcefsck" and "sudo reboot now".

If there are a lot of errors you may have to reinstall some things afterwards to get it going.

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luchon (ichekryg) said :
#2

I did sudo touch /forcefsc followed by sudo reboot now
Once Ubuntu rebooted it ran fsck - and did not find any errors.
Once fsck completed - ubuntu booted up and yet the same issue exists.

Is there a way to test if I have bad sectors on HD causing I/O errors during dpkg?

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Gord Allott (gordallott) said :
#3

if your drive is an ext3 drive (by default it is) you can run
sudo e2fsck -cc -C stdout /dev/hda1

replacing /dev/hda1 with whatever device node you want to check. it may take a long time as it has to test each sector (or 'block') for errors. if it finds any it will flag it as bad and not write data to there anymore.

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Wrwrwr (wrwrwr) said :
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It's not too safe to perform a check on a mounted filesystem. So, it would be better to do the latter from the liv e cd first dismounting the filesystem to check (e.g. umount /dev/hda1).

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leocancy (leocancy) said :
#5

 I have downloaded some flash plug in like adobe flash player but cannot run it and some third party software for application, how to run this?

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :
#6

@leocancy thank you for your question.
But...
Please don't append a new question on a marked as solved question.
Please make new question from here: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+addquestion
you will get better chance to get right answer on a fresh tagged "open" question.
Solved or answered questions are usually not read from answering people.

Thank you

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leocancy (leocancy) said :
#7

My ubuntu is just few days old after down loading this immediately firefox is available, It tells me that @ 100 are available updates i down loaded it. Now are all this package relevant, Why up to now Os is not working pro perly especially for some media and plug ins

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marcobra (Marco Braida) (marcobra) said :
#8

@leocancy thank for your question

But... i repeat

Please don't append a new question on a already answered or marked as solved question.

Please make new question from here: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+addquestion

And we will answer to you.

Thank you

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