Thanks to all.
I can't get synaptic, kpakcage, apt-get, dpkg to complete the removal of the brscan2 package which is part of the drivers for a brother multi-function printer. It was installed using the instructions on the Brother site. I have not been able to get the printer to work, but that is in a different thread. This package removal is part of trying to solve that issue.
When I do # dpkg -purge brscan2, or synaptic,
aptitude, kpackage or,apt-get the uninstall runs ok but returns the error that it can't remove some files/folders because they don't exist.
I actually think this is a problem with the script in the package because the whole package management system is working fine for all other packages.
After any attempted removal of this brscan2 package, before I can do anything else, I have to reinstall the package, as per normal, before the system will go on to something else. Both synaptic and kpackage report the package size as 0 byts.
strange. In the installed state all the files from the package seam to be there in the file system. Even the ones that the unistall failuer says are not there.
I have looked and haven't found a posting on this problem. Others that are fixed by the typical reinstall and unistall. My question is that this:
After I do the uninstall w/purge can I just delete the entry in the /var/lib/dpkg/status file to this package?
I know this is not the recomended method, and I would rather use a more conventional method if one exists.
Debian Etch (mostly upto date as of yesterday)
Thanks to the may people who will read this for there help.