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I'm complete new to Ubuntu so please pardon my ignorance.

Every time I install something I get the same error at the end. for example...

sudo apt-get clean && sudo apt-get autoremove 
Fetched 386 kB in 0s (545 kB/s)       
dpkg: error processing lib32asound2 (--configure):
 package lib32asound2 is not ready for configuration
 cannot configure (current status `half-installed')
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

I have tried to remove and reinstall this package:

sudo apt-get install lib32asound2 

but with no joy same issue.

How can I resolve?

P.S. I'm running 64bit Ubuntu 12.10 beta 2. Error came after trying to install Skype which failed.

Many thanks

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Fix it by typing

sudo dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq lib32asound2
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Try purging it.

sudo apt-get remove --purge lib32asound2

And then install it again if you want / need it.

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Tried that too, but i get the error Package is in a very bad inconsistent state. however I have reinstall and get an error too! :( – Spike Oct 6 '12 at 17:08

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