java6 rte was broken while installing , making synaptic package manager hang up

Asked by drsaid on 2008-11-29

i was installing java 6 , by the command line interface, then hanged up,, then the package apport
i tryied to remove , but dont , it sayesThe following details are provided:
E: sun-java6-jre: Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
, how can i remove and repair my package manager

ProblemType: Package
Architecture: i386

DistroRelease: Ubuntu 8.10
ErrorMessage: Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
Package: sun-java6-jre 6-10-0ubuntu2 [modified: /var/lib/dpkg/info/sun-java6-jre.list]
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: sun-java6
Title: package sun-java6-jre 6-10-0ubuntu2 [modified: /var/lib/dpkg/info/sun-java6-jre.list] failed to install/upgrade: Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
Uname: Linux 2.6.27-9-generic i686

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drsaid (drphsdsk) said : #1
Florian Diesch (diesch) said : #2

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better.

Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see

Florian Diesch (diesch) said : #3

You need to install the package first before you can remove it. Currently the package seems to be only half-installed, so just install it again.

James Stansell (jamesstansell) said : #4

To play online java games you need a browser plugin package installed. Try the sun-java6-plugin package. If that doesn't work please let us know.

How to install Java

To install sun-java6

Please first enable the multiverse repository:

Open System → Administration → Software sources → [ Tab Ubuntu software ]
enable "Software restricted by copyright or legal issue ( multiverse )"
Close and confirm the repository reload.

Then open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal and type:

sudo aptitude update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo aptitude install sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin

give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter.

Hope this helps

i cant play ajava game so i uninstaled java so now i dont know how to re install it on ubuntu some one plz help

Tom (tom6) said : #7

    Is the java game in firefox web-browser? If so maybe open the web-browser and go to
Tools - Add-ons
    In the pop-up box choose
Get Add-ons
    Look in there or else try search in Synaptic (System - Administration - Synaptic near the bottom)

Alternatively read Marcoba's excellent guide in the post immediately prior to yours

Good luck and welcome to Linux :)

Tom (tom6) said : #8

umm, follow MarCobra's advice - he seems an expert or installing/uninstalling packages from what i've seen in other Answers. Mine is a bit iffy. Just follow the link into Launchpad to re-read his advice.

Good luck
Tom :)

Tom (tom6) said : #9

If you are still having trouble with this then please post it as a new question. Only the most recent questions tend to get looked at so posting/reposting a question just before america arrives online gives the best chance of getting a good few answers.

If the problem has been resolved then please follow the link to the forum thread and mark it as Solved.

Good luck and many regards from
Tom :)

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