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
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.
$ aptitude show flashplugin-nonfree
State: partially configured
Automatically installed: no
Maintainer: Ubuntu MOTU Developers <email@example.com>
It looks like I must remove the broken flashplugin-nonfree package manually. Can someone tell me what changes I must make?