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I am getting this error in Ubuntu 12.04 , while doing the below operation.

frank@august:~$ sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
[sudo] password for frank: 
E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct    the problem. 
frank@august:~$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0045' near line 0:
 newline in field name `#padding'


frank@august:~$ head /var/lib/dpkg/updates/0045


I can't see where is the error , help me to solve this. Thank you.

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up vote 20 down vote accepted

Ok I have solved the issue myself.

I ran these two commands in terminal (CTRL+ALT+T):

cd /var/lib/dpkg/updates && rm -rf 0045
sudo dpkg --configure -a

And my issue was solved.

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Since attempting to run sudo rm -rf /var/lib/dpkg/updates/0045 is safe and proper but could have disastrous results if one types in a stray space next to any of the /es (especially the first two!), it may be best to warn about this danger or to suggest something like cd /var/lib/dpkg/updates && rm -rf 0045. Good solution though! – Eliah Kagan Mar 25 '14 at 4:24

Looks like the file is corrupted. Suggest you do the following ( pls do take a backup and do it at ur risk ;) )

sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/updates/000*
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
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Thanks for your answer , but it didnt helped me – Raja Nov 6 '12 at 17:13

It seems that status file corrupted,To fix this you have to delete/clear the file using the command.

sudo dpkg --clear-status

(NB: the --clear-status option is not available anymore. The printout from 'dpkg -?' does not suggest a clear replacement. ) then rebuild the file using the command:

sudo apt-get update
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Thanks for your answer but it didnt helped me . here is the link – Raja Nov 6 '12 at 17:12
URL doesn't work any more. – K.K Patel Oct 2 '15 at 6:03

Try this:

sudo rm -rf /var/lib/dpkg/updates/*
dpkg --configure -a
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Can you add more details to your answer please? Like what this does and why it does it? – Seth Jan 4 '13 at 19:52

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