Like another user, I have accidentally deleted
/var/lib/dpkg and have poor backups. I need to reinstall
dpkg from beginning. The solution provided to that answer is not working for me.
$ lsb_release -a Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS Release: 16.04 Codename: xenial $ ls -l /var/lib/dpkg total 16 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Mar 25 21:26 alternatives drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Mar 25 21:26 info -rw-r----- 1 root root 0 Mar 25 21:46 lock -rw-r----- 1 root root 0 Mar 25 21:46 lock-frontend drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Mar 25 21:26 parts drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Mar 25 21:26 status
What I've tried
References to what I've tried:
From (1), I was able to recover
sudo cp /var/backups/dpkg.status.0 into
/var/lib/dpkg/status. But attempting
apt-get download dpkg fails. So, trying the solution from link (2) above, I get partway:
mkdir /tmp/dpkg cd /tmp/dpkg wget http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/d/dpkg/dpkg_1.17.5ubuntu5.2_i386.deb ar x dpkg*.deb data.tar.gz tar xvzf data.tar.gz ./usr/bin/dpkg cp ./usr/bin/dpkg /usr/bin/ sudo apt-get update
apt-get update gets my package lists, but then returns an error. Attempting
apt-get clean first, as suggested in Solution 3, returns the same error. I get the same error with anything related to
Reading package lists... Error!
E: Read error - read (21: Is a directory)
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
Note that I am missing / have deleted file
Continuing to run down the rabbit hole of help resources, I found Solution 4. But when I tried
sudo dpkg -a configure, it produces:
dpkg: error while loading shared libraries: libselinux.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory `
This is the same error I get from solution (1) when running
sudo dpkg -i dpkg*.deb
Solution 4 further suggests using the program synaptic. But I cannot install since package manager is broken :(.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!