11.10 upgrade fails with dpkg: error: unknown option 'foreign-architecture'

Asked by Benjamin Rubinger on 2011-10-14

I am upgrading from 11.04 to 11.10. In the "Installing the upgrades" step, the upgrade fails with "Could not install the upgrades. The upgrade has aborted. Your system could be in an unusable state." The errors show up in the distribution upgrade UI as:

E:Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2), E:Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2), ... (repeated many times)

/var/log/dist-upgrade/apt-term.log shows a slightly more specific error (many times):

dpkg: error: configuration error: /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/multiarch:1: unknown option 'foreign-architecture'

I attempted to remove 'user installed' packages in synaptic, but synaptic fails with the same dpkg error. Loading update manager, I receive this error in the UI:

Could not calculate the upgrade

An unresolvable problem occurred while calculating the upgrade.

Please report this bug against the 'update-manager' package and include the following error message:
'E:Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks, this may be caused by held packages.'

/var/log/dist-upgrade/apt.log has

  Installing gir1.2-rb-3.0 as Depends of rhythmbox-plugins
  Installing distro-info as Depends of ubuntu-dev-tools
  new important dependency: python-mmkeys
  Installing python-mmkeys as Recommends of quodlibet
  Installing gtk3-engines-unico as Depends of light-themes
  Installing gir1.2-cogl-1.0 as Depends of gir1.2-clutter-1.0
  Installing gir1.2-json-1.0 as Depends of gir1.2-clutter-1.0
  Installing libexporter-lite-perl as Depends of libparse-debcontrol-perl
  new important dependency: libgphoto2-l10n
  Installing libgphoto2-l10n as Recommends of libgphoto2-2
Starting 2
Investigating (0) python2.7 [ amd64 ] < 2.7.1-5ubuntu2 -> 2.7.2-5ubuntu1 > ( python )
Broken python2.7:amd64 Conflicts on python-profiler [ amd64 ] < 2.6.6-0ubuntu1 > ( multiverse/python ) (<= 2.7.1-2)
  Considering python-profiler:amd64 0 as a solution to python2.7:amd64 1161
  Added python-profiler:amd64 to the remove list
  Fixing python2.7:amd64 via remove of python-profiler:amd64
Investigating (0) libdbusmenu-glib4 [ amd64 ] < none -> 0.5.0-0ubuntu3 > ( libs )
Broken libdbusmenu-glib4:amd64 Breaks on gir1.2-unity-3.0 [ amd64 ] < 3.8.4-0ubuntu1 > ( libs ) (< 3.8.4-0ubuntu2)
  Considering gir1.2-unity-3.0:amd64 5 as a solution to libdbusmenu-glib4:amd64 85
  Added gir1.2-unity-3.0:amd64 to the remove list
  Fixing libdbusmenu-glib4:amd64 via remove of gir1.2-unity-3.0:amd64
Investigating (0) gvfs [ amd64 ] < 1.8.0-0ubuntu3 -> 1.10.0-0ubuntu1 > ( libs )
Broken gvfs:amd64 Conflicts on libgvfscommon0 [ amd64 ] < 1.8.0-0ubuntu3 > ( libs )
  Considering libgvfscommon0:amd64 -1 as a solution to gvfs:amd64 75
  Added libgvfscommon0:amd64 to the remove list
  Fixing gvfs:amd64 via remove of libgvfscommon0:amd64
Investigating (0) libjack-jackd2-0 [ amd64 ] < none -> 1.9.7~dfsg-1ubuntu2 > ( libs )
Investigating (2) libpulse-browse0 [ amd64 ] < 1:0.9.22+stable-queue-24-g67d18-0ubuntu3.1 > ( sound )
Broken libpulse-browse0:amd64 Depends on libpulse0 [ amd64 ] < 1:0.9.22+stable-queue-24-g67d18-0ubuntu3.1 -> 1:1.0-0ubuntu3 > ( libs ) (= 1:0.9.22+stable-queue-24-g67d18-0ubuntu3.1)
  Considering libpulse0:amd64 119 as a solution to libpulse-browse0:amd64 5
  Removing libpulse-browse0:amd64 rather than change libpulse0:amd64
 Try to Re-Instate (2) flashplugin-installer:amd64
Investigating (3) indicator-applet [ amd64 ] < 0.4.12-0ubuntu1 > ( gnome )
Broken indicator-applet:amd64 Depends on gnome-panel [ amd64 ] < 1:2.32.1-0ubuntu6.5 -> 1:3.2.0-0ubuntu1 > ( universe/gnome )
  Considering gnome-panel:amd64 20 as a solution to indicator-applet:amd64 20
  Removing indicator-applet:amd64 rather than change gnome-panel:amd64
Investigating (3) padevchooser [ amd64 ] < 0.9.3-2ubuntu4 > ( sound )
Broken padevchooser:amd64 Depends on libpulse-browse0 [ amd64 ] < 1:0.9.22+stable-queue-24-g67d18-0ubuntu3.1 > ( sound ) (>= 0.9.8)
  Considering libpulse-browse0:amd64 119 as a solution to padevchooser:amd64 5
  Removing padevchooser:amd64 rather than change libpulse-browse0:amd64
dpkg: error: configuration error: /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/multiarch:1: unknown option 'foreign-architecture'
.: 19: Can't open base-installer/kernel/.sh
  Installing evince as Depends of ubuntu-desktop
  Setting NOT as auto-installed (direct Depends of pkg in APT::Never-MarkAuto-Sections)
    Installing libevince3-3 as Depends of evince
(end of log)

I would like to complete the upgrade to 11.10 without errors. Any suggestions?

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Sam_ (and-sam) said : #1

Open the file via terminal:
gksudo gedit /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/multiarch

Insert only in the first line (rest of file is empty):
foreign-architecture i386

Save the file.
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Any errors?


Just in case, deactivate third party repos, make sure Natty is fully up-to-date.

Thank you for the reply!

I opened that file, and found the line you asked me to add was already there. I continue to get the same error.

~$ cat /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/multiarch
foreign-architecture i386
~$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
dpkg: error: configuration error: /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/multiarch:1: unknown option 'foreign-architecture'

sudo apt-get update completed, and I am running sudo apt-get upgrade right now. It will be downloading items for some time, but I suspect that will still lead to the same result, since I haven't changed anything. Currently, my repositories are only set to the official Canonical Oneiric ones due to the partially completed upgrade.

sudo apt-get upgrade did crash out wit this message:
E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'util-linux'. Please see man 5 apt.conf under APT::Immediate-Configure for details. (2)

These seem to be the relevant parts of the terminal output:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
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The following packages will be upgraded:
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E: Could not perform immediate configuration on 'util-linux'. Please see man 5 apt.conf under APT::Immediate-Configure for details. (2)

Sam_ (and-sam) said : #4

> man 5 apt.conf under APT::Immediate-Configure for details. (2)

Refer to 'Immediate-Configure'

Thanks for the suggestion about immediate configure. This did not solve the main problem, which is that dpkg is erroring.

~$ sudo apt-get -o APT::Immediate-Configure=false upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
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dpkg: error: configuration error: /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/multiarch:1: unknown option 'foreign-architecture'
keyboard-configuration failed to preconfigure, with exit status 2
dpkg: error: configuration error: /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/multiarch:1: unknown option 'foreign-architecture'
dpkg: error: configuration error: /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/multiarch:1: unknown option 'foreign-architecture'
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)

gregory (gregory-hainaut) said : #6

Your current dpkg version seem to not support the foreign-architecture option. In my opinion,
1/remove the file /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/multiarch (save it somewhere).
2/Upgrade dpkg to the latest.
3/ Readd /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/multiarch
4/ finish your upgrade

Steph (steph-8) said : #7

Unfortunately it says dpkg is the latest version.

gregory (gregory-hainaut) said : #8

Are you sure it is the latest of 11.10 and not the latest of 11.04. You can check dpkg version with this command
"dpkg -l | grep dpkg"

In any case for the moment remove multiarch stuff, do a full upgrade. You can still add multiarch later anyway.

Thank you very much for your replies, gregory and Steph!

I removed the multiarch configuration file.

I loaded up Synaptic, and noticed something strange last night - in the sources configuration, all of the checkboxes on the first tab were unchecked. It seemed like those were the primary repositories, so I checked them. It could be that they were unchecked during the first upgrade attempt, and incorrect versions of packages were installed?

The installed version of dpkg was something like "natty+1" which was somehow later than the official Oneiric version, which I believe is In Synaptic, I downgraded dpkg, which worked because of the fixed configuration suggestion from gregory. I then ran update and upgrade, but that failed with the problem above, could not perform immediate upgrade on util-linux. I followed my findings above to force immediate on the upgrade of that package, and that seemed to work.

Then apt, synaptic, and aptitude would all crash during reading package lists by seg faulting in libc. I found this thread:

and found that
sudo apt-get check -o dir::cache=/tmp
worked, so I
cd /var/cache/apt
sudo rm *.bin*

and now apt is running again. I am running the upgrade again now. I suspect that it will still fail, but will update this question with results. Thank you again for the assistance so far.

Steph (steph-8) said : #10

How did you change the installed version of dpkg?

How I changed the installed version of dpkg:

In synaptic I searched for dpkg.
One of the columns in the search results indicates which version is currently installed, which was something like "natty+1".
I searched for the proper release version of dpkg somewhere on ubuntu.com, and it was not "natty+1".
Under the package menu, I selected "force version" and looked at the options available.
The version listed on the website was in the list, along with this "natty+1" version. I selected the version shown on the website.
Synaptic indicated in all caps that the version I chose was a downgrade, and I told it to proceed.
Synaptic then installed the proper version of dpkg, as far as I know.

I then ran sudo apt-get upgrade. The upgrade completed, I rebooted, but did not get unity. X welcomed me with the error:
"There is a problem with the configuration server. (/usr/lib/libgconf2-4/gconf-sanity-check-2 exited with status 32512)"

It then repeated the error once or twice more, loaded into a desktop, which seems like the older style gnome - no unity. I did not record the error message, but it told me I should select a different desktop on login. The system seems to be working otherwise.

I loaded up synaptic, did a reload, and a mark all upgrades. There was a large list of changes. It held back evolution, so I marked evolution-common and evolution-plugins for complete removal (I don't use evolution, I use Thunderbird, and they switched the default mail client to Thunderbird in this release as far as I know, so it seemed OK to finally remove evolution). It still held back wine and flash-plugin-nonfree, probably because I have newer versions of those from PPAs previously. Right now Synaptic is processing the long list of removals, installs, and upgrades.

Since I just completed an upgrade, that seems suspicious. But maybe this round it will sort everything out. I will update with more information later.

The Synaptic 'mark all upgrades' failed with

E: Internal Error, Could not early remove libaudio2

I found this thread talking about it:

and this seemed to do the trick:
dpkg --remove --force-depends libaudio2

then Synaptic said there were broken packages, so I ran a repair broken packages which completed.

Now I am running the 'mark all upgrades again'. More to follow.

Synaptic would not complete its updates, claiming it couldn't remove libaudio2 and another package, after I force removed it.

I specially asked Synaptic to remove that package, and it had to remove some other software from the system, including things like VLC, but no core system packages (thankfully). The remove succeeded, then I tried again with mark all updates.

It could not 'early remove' something else, and I repeated the process. After that, the update completed successfully, requiring a restart. Now that I have rebooted, I seem to have full Oneiric. The list of updates was short, and I was able to reinstall VLC and other things I need back.

Thanks for all the replies, Sam, gregory, and Steph!

SwitchDK (switchdk) said : #14

Hi Benjamin,

I'm curious to know if you by any chance have Redmine installed and if you are using
Ondřej Surý's archive (https://launchpad.net/~ondrej/+archive/redmine/+build/2804798). I have just noticed more Ubuntu users experiencing the same problem as you and at least one of them had the same version of dpkg-1.16.1~natty+1, which as I understand it (my apologies if I am incorrect) is part of Ondřej Surý's PPA.

Many thanks,
Peter Dam (SwitchDK)

Bingo. Yes I was using the ondrej PPA. Coincidentally, I was just now editing project notes in my local redmine. I would be very happy if my question led to a fix for the problem! Let me know if I can be of any further service.

SwitchDK (switchdk) said : #16

Many thanks for confirming that Benjamin.

I have been able to reproduce the problem by creating a clean installation of Ubuntu 11.04 and then adding Ondřej Surý's PPA by:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ondrej/redmine
sudo apt-get install dpkg dpkg-dev libdpkg-perl redmine

When I run the Update Manager and attempt upgrade to 11.10 it then fails with the same errors as you have reported.

To fix the problem I did the following:

sudo rm /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/multiarch
sudo apt-get install dpkg=
Ran the Update Manager again and then the upgrade commenced.

I will create a bug report to capture all the information you provided and also the fix.

Many thanks,
Peter Dam (SwitchDK)

SwitchDK (switchdk) said : #17

My apologies but I forgot to add a step in post #16:

To reproduce do the following:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ondrej/redmine
-->sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dpkg dpkg-dev libdpkg-perl redmine

Mehman Jamalov (sensenku89) said : #18

Please, can you upgrade the source for Ubuntu 17.10?