I updated my system using the Update Manager and now I am getting a "Broken Package" error.

I went into Synaptic Package Manager and clicked on Fix Broken Packages but then I got this error:

E: /var/cache/apt/archives/dockmanager_0.1.0~bzr80-0ubuntu1~10.10~dockers1_i386.deb:
trying to overwrite '/usr/share/dockmanager/data/skype_away.svg', which is also in package faenza-icon-theme 0.8

I cannot install or remove anything until the broken package is fixed. What should I do now?


As suggested in the answers, I ran the commands

sudo apt-get purge faenza-icon-theme
sudo apt-get -f install

But still get the same error, here is what I get:



Fixed using http://www.webupd8.org/2011/02/fix-dpkg-error-trying-to-overwrite-x.html

  • If you get the solution then please mark the question as answered
    – aneeshep
    Feb 16, 2011 at 13:00

4 Answers 4


Exact duplicate of my error trying to overwrite '*', which is also in package faenza-icon-theme 0.8

Follow the same steps and you should have no issue.

I sent an email to the package manager of Faenza icons about this but received no answer...

  • Didn't fix mine. Feb 11, 2011 at 15:08
  • Faenza writes icons in some folders outside its icons folder ... and it shouldn't. For this reason, many things like this happen - the same with RadioTray and other apps. Use --force-all as suggested above when that happens and it'll work. Feb 11, 2011 at 18:10

First, remove the faenza-icon-theme package:

sudo apt-get purge faenza-icon-theme

Now, try to reinstall the dockmanager.

You can also try to run:

sudo apt-get install -f

...And here is the fix -- http://www.webupd8.org/2011/02/fix-dpkg-error-trying-to-overwrite-x.html

  • While this link may theoretically answer the question, it is best to include the essential parts of the answer here in case that link disappears.
    – amc
    Jul 14, 2016 at 4:09

Faenza replaces some of the icons in order to integrate certain programs into the theme. To install this you'll have to overwrite.

sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite var/apt/cache/archives/dockmanager_0.1.0~bzr80-0ubuntu1~10.10~dockers1_i386.deb

You can also use --force-all instead of --force-overwrite

One thing I'm not sure about is the fact that you need to purge faenza-extra not faenza-icon-theme

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