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Re: [vox-tech] debian force removal

On 2003.05.04 13:22, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
the following package doesn't seem to want to be removed:

   satan# apt-get remove xfonts-abi
   Reading Package Lists... Done
   Building Dependency Tree... Done
   The following packages will be REMOVED:
   0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0  not
   Need to get 0B of archives. After unpacking 504kB will be freed.
   Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
   (Reading database ... 83243 files and directories currently
   Removing xfonts-abi ...
   W: type1: Category not found.
   W: type1: Category not found.
   W: type1: Category not found.
   W: type1: Category not found.
   dpkg: error processing xfonts-abi (--remove):
    subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 1
   Errors were encountered while processing:
   E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

looks like it might be a buggy script in the package.

would this be a good a good candidate for "apt-get remove

or is there a more graceful way of handling this kind of thing?

--force-yes simply answers yes to any questions (similar to saying
`yes | apt-get remove`).

The usual way to fix an error of this kind is to debug the offending script (located in /var/lib/dpkg/info, in this case the offending script would be /var/lib/dpkg/info/xfonts-abi.prerm

Another way you might look at solving the problem is to use dpkg directly and look at its various --force options, but please consider that this might not be the ideal solution for a Debian system (if you do these things too much, you could start breaking things and eventually require a reinstall)

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