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E: Waited for /usr/sbin/dpkg-preconfigure --apt || true but it wasn't there
E: Failure running script /usr/sbin/dpkg-preconfigure --apt || true 

I know this question has been asked before but the answer given returns an error. Ubuntu version 10.04.3

$ sudo sh -c "echo 'DPkg::Pre-Install-Pkgs {"/usr/sbin/dpkg-pr econfigure --apt || true";};' >> /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/70debconf" 
econfigure: 1: Syntax error: Unterminated quoted string
sh: true;};' >> /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/70debconf: not found
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possible duplicate of Package system is broken. How to fix it? –  Kaobear Jan 23 '14 at 18:49
@Kaobear: No, this question isn't about a broken package system. –  Florian Diesch Jan 23 '14 at 18:59

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echo 'DPkg::Pre-Install-Pkgs {"/usr/sbin/dpkg-preconfigure --apt || true";};' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/70debconf

instead of

sudo sh -c "echo 'DPkg::Pre-Install-Pkgs {"/usr/sbin/dpkg-pr econfigure --apt || true";};' >> /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/70debconf" 
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