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i am getting a broken count in synaptic and unable to fix it by running
sudo apt-get -f installlooking out for suggestions.

Following is the extract from the Terminal

sudo apt-get check
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree

Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
linux-generic-pae : Depends: linux-image-generic-pae (= but is installed Depends: linux-headers-generic-pae (= but is installed
N: Ignoring file '50unattended-upgrades.distrib' in directory '/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/' as it has an invalid filename extension
E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f.

The extract after running sudo apt-get -f install is below

sudo apt-get -f install
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Correcting dependencies... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
openclient-about 3270-common ibm-config-anyconnect
openclient-agnclient-notifications xfonts-x3270-misc libqt4-gui
ibm-3270-emulator x3270 unity-lens-ocdc anyconnect ibm-cck-ff4
ibm-lotus-upgrade-fix ibm-ocdc-documentation ocdc-unity-tweaks
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following extra packages will be installed:
The following packages will be upgraded:
1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 181 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0 B/1,728 B of archives.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-generic-pae:
linux-generic-pae depends on linux-image-generic-pae (=; however: Version of linux-image-generic-pae on system is
linux-generic-pae depends on linux-headers-generic-pae (=; however: Version of linux-headers-generic-pae on system is
dpkg: error processing linux-generic-pae (--configure):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure.

Errors were encountered while processing:
N: Ignoring file '50unattended-upgrades.distrib' in directory '/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/' as it has an invalid filename extension
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

i am stuck and unable to do any further installs .. hoping some response at the early

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I resolved a nearly identical problem (see below) by running dpkg --remove linux-image-server followed by apt-get install linux-image-server. Or in your case:

sudo dpkg --remove linux-generic-pae
sudo apt-get install linux-generic-pae

My problem was with the linux-image-server kernel metapackage rather than the linux-generic-pae metapackage, but the version numbers were the same:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 linux-server : Depends: linux-image-server (= but is to be installed
                Depends: linux-headers-server (= but is to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).
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Had the same problem but with linux-generic package depending on a specific version of linux-image-generic and linux-headers-generic, but a newer version to be installed caused 'Unmet dependencies' error. Solved it with sudo dpkg --remove linux-generic && sudo apt-get install linux-generic. Thanks! –  Simón Sep 28 at 4:07

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