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On a recent Ubuntu 12.10 install, something innocent like apt-get install xfonts-75dpi is giving this message:

dpkg: error processing gnome-settings-daemon (--configure):
 package gnome-settings-daemon 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)

When I open the Ubuntu Software Center, it says the package is installed.

I don't know what the gnome-settings-daemon is, but I do see it running:

hostname:~> ps auxww | grep gnome-settings
username   2468  0.1  0.1 744532 17396 ?        Sl   12:54   0:00 /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-settings-daemon
username   2513  0.0  0.0 452380  9268 ?        Sl   12:54   0:00 /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gnome-fallback-mount-helper

What configuration has not been done? How do I get the daemon to be ready for configuration? Or, what diagnostic tools (e.g. logs) are relevant?

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It means that during a previous installation, the configure script didn't end or was killed for the gnome-settings-daemon package. This can be solved simply by configuring it

sudo dpkg --configure gnome-settings-daemon

If it won't budge, you might need to reinstall it:

sudo apt-get --reinstall install gnome-settings-daemon
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Thanks for the answer! Unfortunately the system where I needed this is no longer available, so I can't try your answer myself. – jfklein Aug 28 '13 at 21:10

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