Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ubuntu Oneiric 11.10 - problem with package dictionaries-common

I started getting troubles with dictionaries-common package right from the beginning of upgrading into Ubuntu Oneiric (11.10). The error message looks kind of like the following:

Setting up dictionaries-common (1.11.5ubuntu1) ...
update-default-wordlist: Question empty but elements installed for class "wordlist"
  dictionaries-common/default-wordlist: return code: "0", value: ""
  Choices: , Manual symlink setting
  shared/packages-wordlist: return code: "10" owners/error: "shared/packages-wordlist doesn't exist"
  Installed elements: american (American English)
  Please see "/usr/share/doc/dictionaries-common/README.problems", section
  "Debconf database corruption" for recovery info.
update-default-wordlist: Selected wordlist "" 
does not correspond to any installed package in the system
and no alternative wordlist could be selected.
dpkg: error processing dictionaries-common (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 255
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of xscreensaver-data-extra:
 xscreensaver-data-extra depends on dictionaries-common; however:
  Package dictionaries-common is not configured yet.
dpkg: error processing xscreensaver-data-extra (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure.
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

May be I was too quick to have skimmed over the error message and did not realize what is missing. It looks like the problem actually is that I do not have any word-list installed (or, somehow uninstalled during the distribution upgrade process) on my machine for the dictionary to point to. The quick solution is to install the preferred word-list as following:
sudo apt-get install wamerican-insane
 This should remove fix the package installation error with dictionaries-common package.


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