After looking at the file mentioned in the error
/var/lib/dpkg/status on line 55497, I saw this:
Section: GTK, system, admin
Maintainer: Arick McNiel <arickmcniel AT yahoo DOT com>
Depends: python, python-gtk2, python-central (>= 0.6.1), python-notify, python-appindicator, compiz
AppIndicator to interface with Compiz / Xrandr / Emerald.
The Displex (indicator-displex) application provides an AppIndicator to the display
interfaces of Compiz / Emerald / and Gnome Display Manager. In doing so, it hopes
to provide a product that is helpful for those applications without an AppIndicator
interface AND to minimize icons by combinine some functionality of the
gnome-display-manger AppIndicator icon.
DisPlex has the following features:
-Uses the new Ubuntu AppIndicator interface
-Provides interface for: COMPIZ, EMERALD, GNOME Display Properties
-Enables you to change decorators from the AppIndicator Tray
-Enables you to activate / deactivate Compiz Effects
-Enables you to switch window manager
-Provides the ability to hide/show desktop icons
Homepage: https://launchpad.net/displex; http://sourceforge.net/projects/displex/
I made a backup of this file, and then opened it in a text editor. (
sudo vi /var/lib/dpkg/status, then
:55497 to go to that line.)
Adding a single
. to the blank line before "DisPlex has the following features:" fixed the problem.
(if unfamiliar with vi... here's a hint:
A to append line, add a space & period
ESC to exit insert mode, then
:wq to write & quit)
I was then able to run
sudo dpkg --configure -a. After running
sudo apt-get -f install, I saw a similar error for the file
/var/lib/dpkg/available. I added a single
. to this file on the line mentioned in the error, and now it mostly works.
I ran into one last problem which is the same as this bug.
Unpacking libatk-adaptor-schemas (from .../libatk-adaptor-schemas_2.4.0-1ubuntu2_amd64.deb) ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/libatk-adaptor-schemas_2.4.0-1ubuntu2_amd64.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite '/usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/org.a11y.atspi.gschema.xml', which is also in package libatk-adaptor 2.2.1-0ubuntu1
ErrorMessage: trying to overwrite '/usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/org.a11y.atspi.gschema.xml', which is also in package libatk-adaptor 2.2.1-0ubuntu1
To fix this problem:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade