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Old 02-19-2007, 02:43 PM   #1
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/etc/mailcap formatting error


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:

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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?
 
Old 02-20-2007, 09:35 AM   #2
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Backup /etc/mailcap, download and unpack "mime-support" package, replace /etc/mailcap?
 
Old 02-20-2007, 11:57 AM   #3
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Yep, and
If you have done apt-get --reinstall install mime-support
Then you have the package in /var/cache/apt/archives/
so:
Code:
cd /tmp
mkdir mime
cd mime
dpkg -x /var/cache/apt/archives/mime-support*.deb
as root:
cp /tmp/etc/mailcap /etc/mailcap
edit: not using ar but dpkg

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Old 02-21-2007, 11:49 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by nx5000
Yep, and
If you have done apt-get --reinstall install mime-support
Then you have the package in /var/cache/apt/archives/
so:
Code:
cd /tmp
mkdir mime
cd mime
dpkg -x /var/cache/apt/archives/mime-support*.deb
as root:
cp /tmp/etc/mailcap /etc/mailcap
edit: not using ar but dpkg
mime-support-3.39-1 doesn't have a mailcap file - it has mailcap.order; does this file need to be postprocessed?
 
Old 02-21-2007, 12:09 PM   #5
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True.

I looked at it and yes, you have to put the /etc/mailcap.order and then launch as root:
update-mime
 
Old 02-22-2007, 02:42 AM   #6
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True.

I looked at it and yes, you have to put the /etc/mailcap.order and then launch as root:
update-mime
I tried that, and got the same error message as above.
 
Old 02-22-2007, 07:55 AM   #7
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Arggg!
Do you have a /etc/mime-type ?
You get the error when you use update-mime or just after when using apt-get or anything?

Did update-mime recreate the /etc/mailcap?

Otherwise I send you my mailcap
 
  


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