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Ubuntu 12.04, couple days old. Multiarch is installed. Checked in Synaptics and Software Center.. reinstalled a couple times, from both places. It still gives me these errors:

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure -a
Package `ia32-libs-multiarch' is not installed and no info is available.
Use dpkg --info (= dpkg-deb --info) to examine archive files,
and dpkg --contents (= dpkg-deb --contents) to list their contents.
/usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure: ia32-libs-multiarch is not installed

$ sudo dpkg --info ia32-libs-multiarch
dpkg-deb: error: failed to read archive `ia32-libs-multiarch': No such file or directory

$ dpkg -l ia32-libs-multiarch
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version        Description
+++-==============-==============-============================================ 
un  ia32-libs-mult <none>         (no description available)

$ dpkg -l *multiarch*
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version        Description
+++-==============-==============-============================================
un  ia32-libs-mult <none>         (no description available)
un  libgl1-mesa-gl <none>         (no description available)
ii  multiarch-supp 2.15-0ubuntu10 Transitional package to ensure multiarch com
un  pango1.0-multi <none>         (no description available)
un  xserver-xorg-c <none>         (no description available)

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I installed Ia32 shared libraries - transitional package and multiarch-support (multiarch-supprt:i386 is not installable as it wants to remove the other one), and tried unpacking, configuring, and installing: still says not there.

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you could try purging and reinstalling multiarch-support –  hbdgaf Aug 23 '12 at 10:15
    
I actually just installed multiarch-support after getting this error, still same issue and still told that ia32-libs-multiarch:i386 is installed. $ sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-multiarch Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done ia32-libs-multiarch:i386 is already the newest version. 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded. Is there some kind of.. re-write the dpkg list so it stops looking for things command? –  user85041 Aug 23 '12 at 10:18
    
that's what purge+apt-get autoremove and re-install is supposed to accomplish...if it doesn't you probably have something already installed that "depends" on it or it's set to manually installed. -f reinstall might help –  hbdgaf Aug 23 '12 at 10:33
    
All of the above.. same dpkg-reconfigure issue. –  user85041 Aug 23 '12 at 19:35
    
When trying apt-get purge multiarch support, I receive a big bunch of unmet dependencies and "is to be installed".. although I believe a lot of these are installed. –  user85041 Aug 23 '12 at 19:49
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I'm getting the same problem. Unfortunately, the update manager today told me that it had a bunch of upgrades for me. Stupidly, I said yes, and it deleted a bunch of important things, the most important being acroread! I have work to do! Documents to send out, but I can't verify that they're correct without viewing them!

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