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22-May-2012, 04:37 AM #1
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Hello.

I've had Ubuntu 11.04 ('Natty Narwhal', as they call it. ), installed inside Windows and as a dual boot for about a month now and I'm already very much addicted to it. Unfortunately, maybe 40 minutes ago this morning something went wrong.

My computer is a Toshiba Satellite and has had a few overheating issues in the past. though nothing too serious has happened, not yet, anyhow.

Anyway, today, I was attempting to install 'Kate', the text editor, and another program like it, as an alternative to Open Office so I can work on multiple platforms at the same time. Not long after I started installing these two programs, though, my computer suddenly turned off. This has happened a few times before but never had it affected the system. Unfortunately, this time, there was a problem; the system informed me that the software index was broken, somehow.

I've already tried the Terminal option, but without success.

I have come to the conclusion that a repair of my system may be the only feasible option for me, since I'm no tech wiz: is there any way I can repair my Ubuntu installation easily, and can I avoid losing my data?

Please, I desperately need the help.
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22-May-2012, 09:16 AM #2
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and can I avoid losing my data?
If the data is important you have at least one other copy on different media, right? So, when contemplating something risky with the OS it's wise to have at least two other copies in case the hard drive copy is lost.

It appears that you can still boot into the system. If you can access the data make sure you have at least one, but preferably two, copies on CD, DVD, external hard drive, USB flash drive, etc.

I cannot help on your primary issues.
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22-May-2012, 11:44 AM #3
According to the screenshot you typed in a ':'
The correct line is
stevenspc@ubuntu:-$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
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22-May-2012, 03:03 PM #4
Everything's fine now.
Thanks everyone. Fortunately, I was able to solve the problem thanks to a solution provided by plucky on the Ubuntu forums. It was merely a case of running the command line sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/updates/* -vf followed by the more standard sudo dpkg --configure -a .

I'm gonna try to familarize myself with some of the code sometime to make things easier on me, so I'd (hopefully) have an easier time solving problems.
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