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installing ubuntu.desktop failed and I get message

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run sudo dpkg --configure -a to correct.

When I run that command I get the following message:

dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0013' near line 0: EOF after field name.

I'm trying to reinstall the ubuntu.desktop but not sure how to proceed. any ideas would be appreciated.

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Run these commands in terminal. Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

cd /var/lib/dpkg/updates; sudo rm 0013
sudo dpkg --configure -a
  • Thanks, that appears to move things along, but I'm now stepping thru sudo rm00xx one line at a time. Is that to be expected? – user276516 May 1 '14 at 2:41
  • yes you have to cded into the directory and remove the corresponding file. – Avinash Raj May 1 '14 at 2:48
  • have removed the files it suggested, but now I get an error "not using locking for read only lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock and it says run sudo dpkg -configure -a again. Do I remove the lock file from the dir indicated? and actually I get that message after running the sudo get-apt update again which fails to fetch a bunch of http pages with 404 errors – user276516 May 1 '14 at 3:07
  • post the output of ls -l /var/lib/dpkg/lock – Avinash Raj May 1 '14 at 3:08
  • alternatives, available, available-old, cmethopt, diversions, diversions-old,info, lock, parts, statoverride, statoverride-old, status, status-old, tmp.ci, triggers, updates – user276516 May 1 '14 at 4:20

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