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# -*- readme-debian -*-

Some known problems and debugging hints

Debugging dictionaries-common first configuration from debian-installer
If you want to debug dictionaries-common behavior during its first
pre-configuration when running debian-installer, you need to run
debian-installer in expert mode. Open a shell and near the top of




This way, you should get debugging info in the syslog for the installation.

debconf question asked on every upgrade
If everytime you upgrade any wordlist or ispell dictionary are asked
about preferred language (and not only at most the first time you
installed it) there is a problem, because that is not what current
code should do.

This has been noticed to happen due to debconf database corruption,

usually caused by nearly full /var partitions. Please read below
section "Problems installing or removing a wordlist/ispell dictionary"
about how to work around this.

Problems installing or removing a wordlist/ispell dictionary
Something like
# dpkg --purge wbritish
(Reading database ... 111027 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing wbritish ...
Can't call method "choices" on an undefined value at /usr/share/perl5/Debconf/ line 85, <GEN0> line 4.
dpkg: error processing wbritish (--purge):
 subprocess post-removal script returned error exit status 29
Errors were encountered while processing:
is usually related to debconf type 1 db corruption, see e.g.,

or pages for bug reports 224400, 247849, 255193, 282587, 284287, 297534.

Please take a look at those bug reports to check whether the problem is
actually the same, and see if you can provide more information about
the problem before proceeding further. As a side note, it has been
pointed out that there is a high probability of this problem being related
to a nearly full /var partition.

After that, the suggested fix is, quoting Joey Hess message in above bug page

> By purging and reinstalling the package, you only fixed the entries for
> that package. I suggest you run /usr/share/debconf/ as root,
> which will delete all the orphaned questions. You may end up having to
> repeat your answers to some debconf questions during future upgrades,
> but that's a small price to pay for a consistent debconf database.

 -- Agustin Martin Domingo <>, Tue, 13 Feb 2007 15:40:06 +0100

 LocalWords:  debian debconf usr alioth org wordlists wordlist debhelper http
 LocalWords:  iamerican wspanish miscfiles xemacs wbritish var html dpkg
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