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justsmit1@moodle:~$ sudo aptitude safe-upgrade
The following packages will be upgraded:
  linux-image-generic-pae
1 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/2,578 B of archives. After unpacking 1,024 B will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?] Y
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-image-generic-pae:
 linux-image-generic-pae depends on linux-image-3.2.0-36-generic-pae; however:
  Package linux-image-3.2.0-36-generic-pae is not installed.
dpkg: error processing linux-image-generic-pae (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
No apport report written because MaxReports is reached already
                                                              Errors were encountered while processing:
 linux-image-generic-pae
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
A package failed to install.  Trying to recover:
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-image-generic-pae:
 linux-image-generic-pae depends on linux-image-3.2.0-36-generic-pae; however:
  Package linux-image-3.2.0-36-generic-pae is not installed.
dpkg: error processing linux-image-generic-pae (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
 linux-image-generic-pae

Does anyone know how to fix this? I've tried sudo apt-get clean and sudo apt-get autoremove along with sudo apt-get install -f. None of these have fixed my issue.

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You should read How do I resolve unmet dependencies? and try with some of the answers there. –  Lucio Apr 21 '13 at 21:23
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linux-image-generic-pae it's a transitional package, which means it doesn't exist anymore in the repos since linux-image-generic includes already the pae funcionality.

I would remove it, making sure you have the real package installed:

sudo apt-get install linux-image-generic

If it's already installed, just in case:

sudo apt-get reinstall linux-image-generic

And then:

sudo apt-get remove linux-image-generic-pae
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