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Old 05-12-2010, 05:01 PM   #1
bagley
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Broken Adobe flashplayer - Can neither remove nor reinstall


I am running Ububtu Linux 10.04. When I attempt to install the latest version of the Adobe flashplayer (10.0.45.2ubuntu1), the Synaptic Package Manager (SPM) tries to remove flashplugin-nonfree and install flashplugin-installer. That fails with the message
Code:
E: flashplugin-nonfree: Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should  reinstall it before attempting a removal.
So, then I attempted to reinstall flashplugin-nonfree package but the SPM does not allow me to either install or remove the broken flashplugin-nonfree package.

I tried the same things using the Ubuntu Software Center (USC) with the same failure.

Tried:
Code:
$ aptitude show flashplugin-nonfree
Got:
Code:
Package: flashplugin-nonfree
State: partially configured
Automatically installed: no
Version: 10.0.1.218+really9.0.262.0ubuntu1
Priority: optional
Section: contrib/web
Maintainer: Ubuntu MOTU Developers <ubuntu-motu@lists.ubuntu.com>
It looks like I must remove the broken flashplugin-nonfree package manually. Can someone tell me what changes I must make?

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Old 05-12-2010, 07:26 PM   #2
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try via your terminal:
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$ sudo apt-get install -f
$ sudo apt-get autoclean
$ sudo apt-get autoremove
$ sudo dpkg configure -a
$ sudo apt-get remove --purge flashplugin-nonfree
 
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:15 PM   #3
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rm /var/lib/dpkg/info/flashplugin-nonfree.prerm ### that is the most important step, the manual removing of the bad script ###
dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq flashplugin-nonfree ### after the above step this is possible now ###
dpkg --purge --force-remove-reinstreq flashplugin-nonfree ### use this in order to purge everything is *package* related ###
 
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:45 PM   #4
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Cool Problem resolved.

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rm /var/lib/dpkg/info/flashplugin-nonfree.prerm ### that is the most important step, the manual removing of the bad script ###
dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq flashplugin-nonfree ### after the above step this is possible now ###
dpkg --purge --force-remove-reinstreq flashplugin-nonfree ### use this in order to purge everything is *package* related ###
Remember to use sudo.
 
  


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