I am getting the following error on my terminal

E: The package libllvm3.8 needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it.

when I try to run apt-get install or apt-get upgrade. Please help. Thanks in advance.

  • run sudo apt install -f then run sudo dpkg --configure -a Dec 18 '16 at 8:41

run sudo apt install -f then run sudo dpkg --configure -a

From man page: Configure a package which has been unpacked but not yet configured. If -a or --pending is given instead of package, all unpacked but unconfigured packages are configured.

from man page : -f, --fix-broken Fix; attempt to correct a system with broken dependencies in place. This option, when used with install/remove, can omit any packages to permit APT to deduce a likely solution. If packages are specified, these have to completely correct the problem. The option is sometimes necessary when running APT for the first time; APT itself does not allow broken package dependencies to exist on a system. It is possible that a system's dependency structure can be so corrupt as to require manual intervention (which usually means using dpkg --remove to eliminate some of the offending packages). Use of this option together with -m may produce an error in some situations. Configuration Item: APT::Get::Fix-Broken.

  • I tried this. It is not working. Something about the package status being half installed is showing up Dec 18 '16 at 11:07
  • try sudo dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq --dry-run libllvm3.8 if that's the package in question Dec 18 '16 at 15:32

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