package libavutil49 4:0.5.1-1ubuntu1 failed to install/upgrade: Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should reinstall it before attempting a removal.

Asked by John Rogers on 2011-01-02

Binary package hint: ffmpeg

Attempted to play an AVI video with musical content. Movie player error "Plugin required". Search for plugin executed. Plugin and ancillary files downloaded but error on installing. Attempted to remove package. Error as above. Attempted to re-install. Error. What next?

ProblemType: Package
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: libavutil49 4:0.5.1-1ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-27.49-generic 2.6.32.26+drm33.12
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-27-generic i686
AptOrdering: libavutil49: Purge
Architecture: i386
Date: Sun Jan 2 18:16:57 2011
DpkgTerminalLog:
 Log started: 2011-01-02 18:16:57
 dpkg: error processing libavutil49 (--purge):
  Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
  reinstall it before attempting a removal.
ErrorMessage: Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should reinstall it before attempting a removal.
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release i386 (20091028.5)
SourcePackage: ffmpeg
Title: package libavutil49 4:0.5.1-1ubuntu1 failed to install/upgrade: Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should reinstall it before attempting a removal.

Question information

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Solved by:
mycae
Solved:
2011-01-03
Last query:
2011-01-03
Last reply:
2011-01-02
John Rogers (john-t-rogers) said : #1
Reinhard Tartler (siretart) said : #2

I'm converting this bugreport to a question because the reporter is obviously very confused.

The error message is surely not from the ffmpeg package, I would guess it was from the gnome media player totem. Reinstalling ffmpeg will not help with this problem. The reinstallation issue of ffmpeg is also not related to the original question, but maybe some other bug. in any case, the installation log and activated software sources are required for proper investigation.
Please provide these pieces of information in order to get further assistance. Thanks for your understanding.

Best mycae (mycae) said : #3

try running the following command from a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T or from applications menu)

sudo apt-get --reinstall install libavutil49

John Rogers (john-t-rogers) said : #4

Thank you for your response.
I hope that the following will be of assistance.

 1. Opened directory.
 2. Double clicked on required file.
 3. Movie Player opened and following message appeared:

Search for suitable plugin?
The required software to play this file is not installed. You need to install
suitable plugins to play media files. Do you want to search for a plugin that
supports the selected file?

The search will also include software which is not officially supported.

    4. Clicked "Search"
    5. Message "Please select the packages for installation to provide the
following plugins: -XVID MPEG-4 decoder - gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg"
    6. Clicked "Install"
    7. Message "Confirm installation of restricted software"
    8. Authenticated
    9. Package downloaded from Ubuntu server
    10. Installation failed. Message -
"package libavutil49 4:0.5.1-1ubuntu1 failed to install/upgrade: Package is in
a very bad inconsistent state - you should reinstall it before attempting a
removal"
    11. A "bug" report request then appeared on the screen. I simply completed
the report and forwarded it as requested.
As you will see, the message in step 10 was entered into the subject line of the
report. This was entered automatically.

I upgraded to UBUNTU 10.10 following this. I have since been able to upload and
install the plugins.

Regards.
John Rogers.

________________________________
From: Reinhard Tartler <email address hidden>
To: <email address hidden>
Sent: Sun, 2 January, 2011 22:14:44
Subject: Re: [Question #139944]: package libavutil49 4:0.5.1-1ubuntu1 failed to
install/upgrade: Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
reinstall it before attempting a removal.

Your question #139944 on ffmpeg in ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ffmpeg/+question/139944

Reinhard Tartler posted a new comment:
I'm converting this bugreport to a question because the reporter is
obviously very confused.

The error message is surely not from the ffmpeg package, I would guess it was
from the gnome media player totem. Reinstalling ffmpeg will not help with this
problem. The reinstallation issue of ffmpeg is also not related to the original
question, but maybe some other bug. in any case, the installation log and
activated software sources are required for proper investigation.
Please provide these pieces of information in order to get further assistance.
Thanks for your understanding.

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John Rogers (john-t-rogers) said : #5

Thank you for your help. I tried "sudo apt-get --reinstall install libavutil49"
without success. Later I upgraded to UBUNTU 10.10 which took several hours due
to the poor internet speeds available here. I was able to download and install
the required plugins without difficulty and then to play the video in "Movie
Player".
Many thanks and best regards.
John R.

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From: mycae <email address hidden>
To: <email address hidden>
Sent: Sun, 2 January, 2011 22:27:53
Subject: Re: [Question #139944]: package libavutil49 4:0.5.1-1ubuntu1 failed to
install/upgrade: Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
reinstall it before attempting a removal.

Your question #139944 on ffmpeg in ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ffmpeg/+question/139944

    Status: Open => Answered

mycae proposed the following answer:
try running the following command from a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T or from
applications menu)

sudo apt-get --reinstall install libavutil49

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John Rogers (john-t-rogers) said : #6

Updating to Ubuntu 10.10 and installing - XVID MPEG - 4decoder - gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg solved the problem.
Thank you for your assistance.
Regards.
John R.