telenux wrote:I don't know what it means. I was hoping someone could interpret it. I googled it and there's not much out there that is returned.
"(Reading database ... 85%dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting" -> after 85% of the install process, it cannot continue?
Something wrong with the package, package `mint-x-theme?'
Looking at the error message in your original posting I'd say the cached files list of that package can't be read (but that's just me and I'm not a native English speaker). Apparently dpkg's database has become corrupted.
Does the file /var/lib/dpkg/info/mint-x-theme.list
exist? Can you display its contents without errors (the directory /var/lib/dpkg/info can have a lot of files, so
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in a terminal is probably the quickest way to check)?
Is that consistent with the output of
If the file is bad, maybe you can remove it. Mind you, I'm not at all sure removing the file would fix things. For all I know the file is in fact missing and that
is what's causing the problem.
Perhaps you can find something useful in the man pages for dpkg.
Those were some interesting ideas, grizzler!
Beforehand, I tried someone else's idea, to update and dist-upgrade but there's no change.
I think you're right that the database is corrupted. However, I perceive that as a MINT problem. I've installed various distros so many times, I've used Debian, Mepis, sidux (now, aptosid), Fedora and Mint - Ubuntu versions, and never had this problem.
Here is the output for the suggestions you gave:
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/usr/share/themes/Mint-cat: /var/lib/dpkg/info/mint-x-theme.list: Input/output error
The other one just re-produced the same error message as before which I included in my initial post.
I'll have to install Debian, for e.g., since you can't use the system when you can't install a printer. I believe other packages won't install either.