Ubuntu – How to fix “Package is in a very bad inconsistent state” error


I can't update my system because it freezes while installing a third-party update (zramswap-enabler)!

Sometimes I get the following message in Update manager:

Could not initialize the package information An unresolvable problem occurred while initializing the package information.

Please report this bug against the 'update-manager' package and include the following error message:

E:The package zramswap-enabler needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it.

I tried to remove the zramswap-enabler, but it's impossible because I get the following message:

dpkg: error processing zramswap-enabler (--remove):
 Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
 reinstall it before attempting a removal.
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Actually I would really reinstall that package, but it is unable to do it! If I remove this third-party PPA then the system is warning me about a very very serious problem.

So why can I not install/reinstall/remove/update this package and why freezes the updater if I try to update?

Best Answer

  • Edited out of the question and added as an answer.

    1. Make sure that your PPA is set up.

    2. Remove the broken package via the following command:

      sudo dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq zramswap-enabler
    3. Install the package again:

      sudo apt-get install zramswap-enabler
    4. After restart (not necessary), you are able to install the updates correctly!

    Actually you can fix any "Package is in a very bad inconsistent state” issues with this solution!

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