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Re: After upgrading to stretch, a package refuses to purge or upgrade




On Sat, 30 Mar 2019 22:18:52 -0500
"Martin McCormick" <martin.m@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>I am stuck between old package and script files which I can't
>seem to get rid of so new ones can stop and start services in the
>new way.
>
>	The package in question is called speakup and is the
>screen reader for debian among other Linuxen.  I need to blow
>away the old package and install an upgraded version of the same
>program but this is what happens:
>
>root@wb5agz:~# apt-get install speakup
>The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
>  espeak espeak-data espeak-ng-data libespeak-ng1 libespeak1 libpcaudio0
>  libsonic0
>Use 'apt autoremove' to remove them.
>The following packages will be REMOVED:
>  espeakup*
>0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 25 not upgraded.
>12 not fully installed or removed.
>After this operation, 79.9 kB disk space will be freed.
>Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
>dpkg: error processing package espeakup (--remove):
> package is in a very bad inconsistent state; you should
> reinstall it before attempting a removal
>Errors were encountered while processing:
> espeakup
>E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
>
>Oh.  It gets better.
>
>root@wb5agz:~# apt-get autoremove
>
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Reading package lists... Done
>
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Building dependency tree       
>
Reading state information... 0%

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Reading state information... Done
>The following additional packages will be installed:
>  espeakup
>The following packages will be upgraded:
>  espeakup
>1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 25 not upgraded.
>12 not fully installed or removed.
>Need to get 0 B/37.2 kB of archives.
>After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
>Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
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>Preparing to unpack .../espeakup_1%3a0.80-5+deb9u3_i386.deb ...
>Failed to stop espeakup.service: Unit espeakup.service not loaded.
>invoke-rc.d: initscript espeakup, action "stop" failed.
>dpkg: warning: subprocess old pre-removal script returned error exit status 5
>dpkg: trying script from the new package instead ...
>Failed to stop espeakup.service: Unit espeakup.service not loaded.
>invoke-rc.d: initscript espeakup, action "stop" failed.
>
>It wasn't running anyway.
>
>dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/espeakup_1%3a0.80-5+deb9u3_i386.deb (--unpack):
> subprocess new pre-removal script returned error exit status 5
>update-rc.d: warning: start and stop actions are no longer supported; falling back to defaults
>Failed to start espeakup.service: Unit espeakup.service is not loaded properly: Invalid argument.
>See system logs and 'systemctl status espeakup.service' for details.
>invoke-rc.d: initscript espeakup, action "start" failed.
>● espeakup.service - Software speech output for Speakup
>   Loaded: error[0m (Reason: Invalid argument)
>   Active: inactive (dead)
>     Docs: man:espeakup(8)
>
>Mar 28 10:12:29 wb5agz systemd[1]: [/lib/systemd/system/espeakup.service:12…CE}'
>Mar 28 10:12:29 wb5agz systemd[1]: espeakup.service: Service lacks both Exe…ing.
>Mar 28 10:46:36 wb5agz systemd[1]: [/lib/systemd/system/espeakup.service:12…CE}'
>Mar 28 10:46:36 wb5agz systemd[1]: espeakup.service: Service lacks both Exe…ing.
>Mar 28 10:46:38 wb5agz systemd[1]: [/lib/systemd/system/espeakup.service:12…CE}'
>Mar 28 10:46:38 wb5agz systemd[1]: espeakup.service: Service lacks both Exe…ing.
>Mar 28 10:46:44 wb5agz systemd[1]: [/lib/systemd/system/espeakup.service:12…CE}'
>Mar 28 10:46:44 wb5agz systemd[1]: espeakup.service: Service lacks both Exe…ing.
>Mar 28 10:46:45 wb5agz systemd[1]: [/lib/systemd/system/espeakup.service:12…CE}'
>Mar 28 10:46:45 wb5agz systemd[1]: espeakup.service: Service lacks both Exe…ing.
>Hint: Some lines were ellipsized, use -l to show in full.
>dpkg: error while cleaning up:
> subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
>Errors were encountered while processing:
> /var/cache/apt/archives/espeakup_1%3a0.80-5+deb9u3_i386.deb
>E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
>
>	Basically, I am hosed getting rid of the old scripts and
>hosed installing and starting new scripts because the old scripts
>are being handled in the old way.  I need to get rid of the old,
>completely and want to do it as safely as possible.
>
>	The system is running as systemd so what is the safest
>way to break the impasse.  Every sort of purge command I have
>tried basically ends the way you see here.  The old scripts
>squawk and die.  The new scripts squawk and die.  Game over.
>
>I am not sure how much of the diagnostic messages will come
>across because the scripts apparently send curses codes.  There are actually
>two debian systems here with exactly the same issue so whatever
>fixes one will most likely fix the other.
>
>	Both systems appear to be otherwise okay.
>
>	I appreciate any constructive suggestions for breaking
>the deadlock.
>


You may have to remove Orca and all associated programs before you can
remove espeakup. 

Other than that, someone much wiser than myself will step in and help
out.

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Charlie Kravetz
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