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After installing wine and failed to agree on the agreement on the font. this message is shown, and I cannot install or remove the ttf-mscorefonts-installer anymore.

The package 'ttf-mscorefonts-installer' is in an inconsistent state and needs to be re-installed, but no archive can be found for it. 

I use this command first to re install the 'ttf-mscorefonts-instaler'

sudo apt-get --reinstall install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

This error message shows.

Reading package lists... Done 
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: The package ttf-mscorefonts-installer needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it.

and using this command "sudo apt-cache policy ttf-mscorefonts-installer" this error message shows.

Installed: 3.4ubuntu3
  Candidate: 3.4ubuntu3
  Version table:
 *** 3.4ubuntu3 0
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     3.3ubuntu4 0
     500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ oneiric/multiverse amd64 Packages

and with this command "sudo dpkg-reconfigure ttf-mscorefonts-installer" this message shows.

/usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure: ttf-mscorefonts-installer is broken or not fully installed

how to solve this problem??

  • Could you run sudo apt-get --reinstall install ttf-mscorefonts-installer and tell us the output? note that is totally different that Mitch answer. – Braiam Oct 28 '13 at 13:50
  • sorry i copied a wrong command.. but that is the output after entering the command line you gave me. ;) – Mark Anthony Oct 28 '13 at 13:56
  • Try using sudo dpkg-reconfigure ttf-mscorefonts-installer it may ask for the licence agreement again. – Apurba Oct 28 '13 at 13:58
  • Please add apt-cache policy ttf-mscorefonts-installer. – Braiam Oct 28 '13 at 14:00
  • @Braiam this message is showing after I use your command. "ttf-mscorefonts-installer: Installed: 3.4ubuntu3 Candidate: 3.4ubuntu3 Version table: *** 3.4ubuntu3 0 100 /var/lib/dpkg/status 3.3ubuntu4 0 500 archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu oneiric/multiverse amd64 Packages" – Mark Anthony Oct 28 '13 at 14:04
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You should reinstall it, otherwise it won't get removed:

sudo apt-get --reinstall install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
sudo apt-get install -f

That should solve your issue.

  • good day. thanks for your reponse. after using the first line of code, this error message shows. "Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: The package ttf-mscorefonts-installer needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it." thanks.. hope you can recommend more command line to solve my problem. – Mark Anthony Oct 28 '13 at 13:20
  • Could you edit your question instead and add he output? – Braiam Oct 28 '13 at 13:27
  • I edited my question brother.. :) thanks for your response. – Mark Anthony Oct 28 '13 at 13:34
  • Nono, edit your question and include the output when you run the commands I gave you. – Braiam Oct 28 '13 at 13:35
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Try this. Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo apt-get purge ttf-mscorefonts-installer
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer

Make sure you accept the agreement.

  • Good day.. thanks for your response. after using the first line of code. this error message shows. "Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: The package ttf-mscorefonts-installer needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it." hope you can give more recommendation. – Mark Anthony Oct 28 '13 at 13:19
  • Have you tried the second line? Also try rebooting your system, and then run this command in the Terminal sudo dpkg --configure -a – Mitch Oct 28 '13 at 16:06
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This worked for me

February 24th, 2014 #8 todionut

Re: The package ttf-mscorefonts-installer needs to be reinstalled.

Thank you all to support, I find a way solve the problem with this :

sudo apt-get -f install
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Thx again for your support. 
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just reinstall

sudo apt-get install upgrade

when you reach at the menu, just type OK with the help of the ↹ TAB button.

So you can place a clear install, then everything will be ok. Just accept download policies (with the tab and press enter button). Don't force close window or it will break the procedure and crash.

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