i can not install any programs the system ask me to type sudo dpkg --configure -a

Asked by oki_machine on 2009-10-07

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.04
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/gnome-terminal
Package: gnome-terminal 2.26.0-0ubuntu2.1
ProcEnviron:
 LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: gnome-terminal
Uname: Linux 2.6.28-15-generic i686

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Last query:
2009-10-07
Last reply:
2009-10-07

This question was originally filed as bug #445258.

oki_machine (turino-oki) said : #1
Philip Muškovac (yofel) 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 https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs#When%20not%20to%20file%20a%20bug.

Philip Muškovac (yofel) said : #3

Did you try to run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' in a terminal?

And in case you wanted to report bug because something went wrong, please open another bug next time and describe how you got into this situation in as much detail as possible (and give the dpkg error if you can).

The "dpkg --configure -a" is asked by the system when a previous update/upgrade process have not completely performed good, and it must run with "root" privileged administrative user.
Using the "sudo" command we can do a command as "root" user, and "dpkg --configure -a" need be run from root user.
After the "dpkg --configure -a" command i add all the usual commands (see below) you can run to be sure your system became fully upgraded.

Please also subscribe this bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager/+bug/108601/

Typing the commands as sudo the system will ask you for a password, please give your user password when requested, you don't see nothing when you type it, then press enter.

So please be sure your system is fully updated/upgraded with no pending packages or errors:

Open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal and type:

Suggestion: right click with mouse on the terminal title caption and select the item "Always on Top" doing this you will force the terminal window to stay on top of the other windows and you will find very easy to copy single row from this web page into the terminal...

(if the system ask you a password give your user password, you will not see nothing when you type it, then press enter)

sudo dpkg -P --force-all nameofpackage

sudo dpkg --clear-avail

sudo dpkg --configure --pending
sudo dpkg --configure -a

then to update and upgrade and also check pending or missing packages, still using terminal type:

sudo apt-get -f install
sudo apt-get --fix-missing install
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove

Hope this helps

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