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When I try to sudo apt-get upgrade on my Ubuntu 16.04 I consistently get the following error:

Preconfiguring packages ...
dpkg: error processing package mount (--configure): package is in a very bad inconsistent state; you should reinstall it before attempting configuration
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

How can I solve this?

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  • ... you should reinstall it before attempting configuration - Did you? – M. Becerra Mar 1 '17 at 10:46

You probably need to "reinstall" the "mount" package by doing: sudo apt --reinstall mount;


sudo apt upgrade

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