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Whenever I run aptitude safe-upgrade, I get this output:

The following partially installed packages will be configured:
  cups gconf2 ufw update-manager 
No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 2 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B of archives. After unpacking 0 B will be used.

How can I configure the four mentioned packages?

I tried dpkg-reconfigure gconf2 but that fails with

/usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure: gconf2 is broken or not fully installed
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up vote 15 down vote accepted

Run these codes

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get clean

sudo apt-get autoremove

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo dpkg --configure -a

sudo apt-get install -f

This will clean and configure your packages

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Might be useful to some. During autoremove I got one additional error: E: Could not perform immediate configuration on SOMEPACKAGE. That was resolved by apt-get install -o APT::Immediate-Configure=false -f apt SOMEPACKAGE – dnsmkl Mar 3 '15 at 19:50

This command fixed my problem:

apt-get --purge remove program_name

But of course you need to try also @ringtail answer.

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