I have a package (say kaupackage) installed on my ubuntu machine. Now I want to replace it with higher version.

I run command

dpkg -i -R -B -a --force-confold /tmp/kaupackage.deb

The dpkg log shows

2018-01-31 06:37:22 upgrade kaupackage:amd64
2018-01-31 06:37:22 status half-configured kaupackage:amd64


dpkg -l


iFR kaupackage  amd64  pkgdescription

I am not looking for workaround or solution to recover from this state. This command was working before and suddenly stopped working. So I need to know why.

How can I find out root cause ? Where can I find more logs ? How can I enable more logging ?


I don't think dpkg have a verbose option for installing packages... Although, I know there is a dpkg log in /var/log/dpkg.log.

I'd rather recommend to uninstall and install new version and or install package from a repository using apt-get kaupackage...

Do you see maybe something in syslog or in dpkg.log?


  • In dpkg.log I see message saying package is half configured – Kaushik Lele Feb 1 '18 at 5:43
  • Have you tried installing the package in other host? Did it help you? could you give me a vote? – Alvaro Niño Feb 1 '18 at 8:52

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