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Old 02-27-2013, 01:28 PM   #1
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dpkg: error processing dictionaries-common


I try to update my wheezy and get this error:
# apt-get update
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
Setting up dictionaries-common (1.12.11) ...
update-default-wordlist: Question empty but elements installed for class "wordlist"
  dictionaries-common/default-wordlist: return code: "0", value: ""
  Choices: , Manual symlink setting
  shared/packages-wordlist: return code: "10" owners/error: "shared/packages-wordlist doesn't exist"
  Installed elements: american (American English)

  Please see "/usr/share/doc/dictionaries-common/README.problems", section
  "Debconf database corruption" for recovery info.

update-default-wordlist: Selected wordlist "" 
does not correspond to any installed package in the system
and no alternative wordlist could be selected.
dpkg: error processing dictionaries-common (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 255
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
Old 02-27-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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According to the /usr/share/doc/dictionaries-common/README.problems for Squeeze,
If everytime you upgrade any wordlist or ispell dictionary are asked
about preferred language (and not only at most the first time you
installed it) there is a problem, because that is not what current
code should do.

This has been noticed to happen due to debconf database corruption,

usually caused by nearly full /var partitions.
* Emphasis mine.
May or may not be applicable for Wheezy.
Old 03-05-2013, 06:03 PM   #3
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Thx, but it still doesn't work!

Last edited by cccc; 03-05-2013 at 06:09 PM.
Old 03-16-2013, 06:53 AM   #4
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running as root:
# /usr/share/debconf/
# dpkg-reconfigure dictionaries-common
solved this problem!


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