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dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
files list file for package 'libapt-pkg5.0:amd64' is missing final newline
# 8th November, 2009
# update manager failed, giving me the error:
# 'files list file for package 'xxx' is missing final newline' for every package.
# some Googling revealed that this problem was due to corrupt files(s) in /var/lib/dpkg/info/
# looping though those files revealed that some did not have a final new line
# this script will resolve that problem by appending a newline to all files that are missing it
# NOTE: you will need to run this script as root, e.g. sudo python newline_fixer.py
dpkg_path = '/var/lib/dpkg/info/'
paths = os.listdir(dpkg_path)
for path in paths:
path = dpkg_path + path
f = open(path, 'a+')
data = f.read()
if len(data) > 1 and data[-1:] != '\n':
print 'added newline character to:', path