After removing console-tools using

apt-get --purge remove console-tools

I am getting the following error during boot

init: Failed to spawn console-setup main process: unable to execute: No such file or directory
fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2
fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2

So it looks like remove messed up to correctly remove console-tools package. How to get rid of this error message?

I'm using 10.04 Server edition.

  • Because I've installed it myself to check something, now I no more need it!
    – Pablo
    Feb 22, 2012 at 14:56

1 Answer 1


That's talking about console-setup, not console-tools. Is console-setup installed?

If it isn't, it probably left /etc/init/console-setup.conf behind.

If it is, maybe reinstall it? apt-get install --reinstall console-tools.

  • dpkg shows console-setup deinstall which I guess means uninstalled. So is it safe to delete /etc/init/console-setup.conf?
    – Pablo
    Feb 25, 2012 at 12:55
  • dpkg --purge console-setup
    – tumbleweed
    Feb 25, 2012 at 15:01

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