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Old 07-12-2008, 01:29 PM   #1
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Unable to install new package-updates... missing /info folder from /var/lib/dpkg/

From what Iīve read appearantly after manually removing gnash, I no longer have a /info folder in the /var/lib/dpkg/info... itīs missing.

When I clicked on the new updates I get this...

dpkg: serious warning: files lists file for package ī<package name>ī missing. Assuming package has no files currently installed.

unable to create update files list for package winbind, wine, libisc32, libdns35, etc, etc... (14 updates)

How do I restore the missing /info folder...
or is there a workaround this problem...

any help would be appreciated.


Old 07-12-2008, 02:21 PM   #2
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First of all, check that the /var/lib/dpkg/info folder still exists and that there are files in it. It is usually huge - mine has over 5000 files - and it contains information on every package installed.

If you are just missing the info files for certain packages, you could try repairing them with one of the following...

sudo apt-get -f install packagename

sudo dpkg --configure -a packagename

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Old 07-13-2008, 11:09 AM   #3
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/info folder Missing

gone - not there - missing - MIA...

No /info folder at all....

I did a manual remove of gnash... so that when it may have been deleted by mistake... I donīt know...

here is whatīs in the /dpkg folder:

then files: available

NO /INFO folder

What can I do?

Old 07-14-2008, 06:31 AM   #4
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Oh dear. As I said, that folder contains masses of data including config files for every application, so I don't see how you can recreate it easily.

I hope someone else may know a way, but otherwise all I can suggest is to back up you home folder, do a reinstall and then copy your home folder back. At least that will preserve your data and most configuration settings.
Old 07-15-2008, 03:24 AM   #5
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Maybe a stupid question, but I must ask: how did you manually remove the package. Did you use one of the installers such as apt-get or dpkg? Or did you manually delete the package and all of it's files?


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