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: gnome-settings-daemon 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?