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I keep on receiving this message when ever i use apt-get but I cant update the packages as this message pops up please help.

In reply to @Jos The results of apt policy poppler-*

> poppler-utils:
  Installed: 0.41.0-0ubuntu1.5
  Candidate: 0.41.0-0ubuntu1.5
  Version table:
 *** 0.41.0-0ubuntu1.5 100
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     0.41.0-0ubuntu1 500
        500 http://za.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/main amd64 Packages
poppler-dbg:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.41.0-0ubuntu1
  Version table:
     0.41.0-0ubuntu1 500
        500 http://za.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/main amd64 Packages
poppler-data:
  Installed: 0.4.7-7
  Candidate: 0.4.7-7
  Version table:
 *** 0.4.7-7 500
        500 http://za.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/main amd64 Packages
        500 http://za.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

If i try `sudo apt install --reinstall poppler-utils

>justin@HomePc:~$ sudo apt install --reinstall poppler-utils
 [sudo] password for justin: 
 Reading package lists... Done
 Building dependency tree        
 Reading state information... Done
 E: The package poppler-utils needs to be reinstalled, but I can't 
 find an archive for it.

The output sudo dpkg --configure poppler-utils

`

> justin@HomePc:~$ sudo dpkg --configure poppler-utils
  [sudo] password for justin: 
  dpkg: error processing package poppler-utils (--configure):
  package is in a very bad inconsistent state; you should
  reinstall it before attempting configuration
  Errors were encountered while processing:
  poppler-utils
  • Should be in the normal repos. What does apt policy poppler-* tell you? – Jos Nov 2 '17 at 14:06
  • @Jos edited it what do you think now – Justin West Nov 2 '17 at 14:20
  • What is the exact error message you get if you do sudo apt install --reinstall poppler-utils? – Jos Nov 2 '17 at 14:26
  • @Jos added in the error code – Justin West Nov 2 '17 at 14:35
  • Please run sudo dpkg --configure poppler-utils and add the output to your question, if it is informative at all – Zanna Nov 3 '17 at 7:31
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The problem was that some files had been moved to another partition on another disk while dual booting after removing the other disk I was able to Install stuff.

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