I have tried to install wine (using apt-get install wine) up today. However, after working a bit, the whole desktop decided to hang and I couldn't move the mouse.

IIRC, it was showing up "processing triggers for libc6" when that happened. I needed to force shutdown and restart elementary OS again and I did not have issue after then, but Wine was not installed and for that reason i could not start it.

But now when I am trying to do anything with apt-get it says :

E: dpkg a été interrompu. Il est nécessaire d'utiliser « sudo dpkg --configure -a » pour corriger le problème.

Which in english should mean :

E: dpkg was stopped. You need to use "sudo dpkg --configure -a" to fix this problem.

However, when I am doing so, it tries to end up the Wine installation again and so crashes again. It requires me to use this command even if I try uninstalling Wine, so now I cannot use apt-get (and probably nothing dpkg-related).

I doubt this issue is related to Wine, but because of some download corruption. However I cannot manage to cancel anything I've done.

Probably marking the wine package as not installed would be a very bad workaround but it would work. Is there any way to do this?


It probably could be a kernel panic as well, however, nothing showed up on the screen - It just decided to hang and I couldn't even move the cursor. I cannot find anything about a kernel crash in /var/crash. Attempting switching TTYs with Ctrl+Alt+F2 didn't work neither.

  • Did you make sure to add the PPA first? It's really recommended to do that first. winehq.org/download/ubuntu
    – Lewis Goddard
    Sep 5, 2015 at 20:48
  • Either way, I cannot do anything dpkg-related, else I am making the whole desktop hang. I believe the download was corrupt. But as I said, I'd need a way to fix up the dpkg problem before trying to install it again.
    – asu
    Sep 6, 2015 at 17:42
  • You should be able to remove the package with apt-get remove and then apt-get autoremove the dependencies that are no longer required. If that does not work, you can delete the contents of /var/lib/dpkg/updates to force it to download them again.
    – Lewis Goddard
    Sep 6, 2015 at 17:53

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If faced such problem some time ago, when I got a libc update in a machine with nVidia proprietary driver install, It hanged with blinking leds.

The solution was:

  1. Reboot and Press Shift to show grub menu
  2. Select recovery mode.
  3. Run a file system check
  4. Enable network
  5. Drop to shell
  6. Continue installation there

    dpkg --configure -a

    and install Wine (if previous command didn't)

    apt-get install wine
  7. reboot

  • 1
    Hello, thanks for the answer (and sorry for the extremely long delay). Since I switched to a SSD and installed a fresh Arch setup on this laptop I now don't encounter such trouble anymore. The issue is that the "dpkg --configure -a" command caused the kernel panic.
    – asu
    Apr 26, 2016 at 16:07

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