Ubuntu – Dpkg error: “trying to overwrite file, which is also in…”

aptdpkgsoftware installation

For example:

$ sudo apt-get install curl
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
bsh : Depends: libjline-java but it is not going to be installed
groovy : Depends: libjline-java but it is not going to be installed
rhino : Depends: libjline-java but it is not going to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. 

Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

I get the same or similar errors when I attempt to install clojure1.3, leiningen, and several other packages.

When I try the suggestion made in the error message, this is what happens:

$ sudo apt-get -f install 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Correcting dependencies... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  diffstat linux-headers-3.2.0-26-generic linux-headers-3.2.0-26 dh-apparmor dkms html2text libmail-sendmail-perl libsys-hostname-long-perl
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following extra packages will be installed:
  libjline-java
Suggested packages:
  libjline-java-doc
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libjline-java
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
23 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0 B/72.0 kB of archives.
After this operation, 129 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
(Reading database ... 226243 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking libjline-java (from .../libjline-java_1.0-1_all.deb) ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/libjline-java_1.0-1_all.deb (--unpack):
 trying to overwrite '/usr/share/java/jline.jar', which is also in package scala 2.9.2-400
Errors were encountered while processing:
 /var/cache/apt/archives/libjline-java_1.0-1_all.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

$ sudo apt-get upgrade
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 bsh : Depends: libjline-java but it is not installed
 groovy : Depends: libjline-java but it is not installed
 rhino : Depends: libjline-java but it is not installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f.

Best Answer

  • Please don't go for the danjjl answer directly, if you face this kind of "trying to overwrite" error, is likely that you have conflicting packages that need to be solved first.

    The immediate fix for the issue is to remove the conflicting package that is undesirable, in this case scala,

    sudo dpkg -P scala
    

    Next it would be recommended to submit a bug report with the respective package maintainers. This normally imply adding a Conflict: package line in the control file.

    Also see this answer for more detailed explanation about this error.