Whenever I try to install, update, or do anything with apt-get, I always get a error message similar to this, griping about vim:
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 2 not upgraded. 1 not fully installed or removed. After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y Setting up vim (2:7.3.154+hg~74503f6ee649-2ubuntu3.1) ... update-alternatives: error: /var/lib/dpkg/alternatives/vim corrupt: invalid status dpkg: error processing vim (--configure): subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 2 Errors were encountered while processing: vim
Not exactly sure what's going on here. My assumption is that something is corrupt with vim? Here is what I've tried to fix the issue:
- Uninstall vim (
sudo apt-get remove vim) - Removing fails and gives back an error similar to the one above.
sudo apt-get purge vim- Fails, same errors.
/var/lib/dpkg/alternatives/vimfile mentioned in the error message and then trying remove/purge again - Removing/purging still fails, but instead of:
update-alternatives: error: /var/lib/dpkg/alternatives/vim corrupt: invalid status
In its place, I get:
update-alternatives: error: /var/lib/dpkg/alternatives/vimdiff corrupt: line not terminated while trying to read status
Installing vim again - Fails, same errors.
sudo apt-get clean && sudo apt-get autoremove- Fails, same errors.
sudo apt-get install --fix-broken- Fails, same errors.
This is getting a bit annoying. vim just won't die. What's going wrong? What am I doing wrong? How do I fix this?
Help would be greatly appreciated.
** EDIT **
LC_MESSAGES=C update-alternatives --query vim:
Link: vim Status: auto Best: /usr/bin/vim.basic Value: /usr/bin/vim.basic Alternative: /usr/bin/vim.basic Priority: 30
Can't fetch the content of /var/lib/dpkg/alternatives/vim because I deleted it, haha sorry.