Whenever I perform a major system update using apt-get, I have noticed the following error (or a variant thereof) appearing during the package configuration phase:
Error: '/etc/mailcap' is not in required format -- not updated
Restore from backup or delete and re-install mime-support package
I attempted to reinstall the mime-support package using apt-get --reinstall install mime-support
but got the same error message. Uninstalling mime-support would delete most of my window manager, office tools and other major system programs, so is there a less invasive way of fixing this problem?