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apt-get update ending in Problem executing scripts APT::Update::Post-Invoke-Success

  • Posted September 30, 2014

Hello, I have recently added node sources to my Ubuntu 14.04 droplet (the LEMP package) and today when trying to run apt-get update I’m getting following error message:

...
Ign http://apt.newrelic.com newrelic/non-free Translation-en
Get:5 https://deb.nodesource.com trusty/main Translation-en_US
Hit http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/universe Translation-en
Ign https://deb.nodesource.com trusty/main Translation-en_US
Ign https://deb.nodesource.com trusty/main Translation-en
Fetched 6,413 B in 4s (1,566 B/s)
Killed
E: Problem executing scripts APT::Update::Post-Invoke-Success 'test -x /usr/bin/apt-show-versions || exit 0 ; apt-show-versions -i'
E: Sub-process returned an error code

The package list seems to be read but at the end there’s this error. The only sensible solution I found googling is to remove apt-show-versions package if I don’t use it. I haven’t done that yet, hoping I would find another solution.

Thanks in advance.

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I have tried reinstalling the apt-show-versions package, removal went smoothly, the subsequent installation however did not:

vps sources.list.d # apt-get install apt-show-versions
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  apt-show-versions
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/33.9 kB of archives.
After this operation, 173 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Selecting previously unselected package apt-show-versions.
(Reading database ... 101099 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../apt-show-versions_0.22.3_all.deb ...
Unpacking apt-show-versions (0.22.3) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.6.7.1-1) ...
Setting up apt-show-versions (0.22.3) ...
** initializing cache. This may take a while **
Killed
dpkg: error processing package apt-show-versions (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 137
Errors were encountered while processing:
 apt-show-versions
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

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What’s the memory usage on the droplet look like? My first guess would be that apt-show-versions is running out of memory while initializing its cache based on:

** initializing cache. This may take a while **
Killed

If you haven’t done so yet, try adding a swap file.

It’s a bug in apt-show-versions, which is apparently fixed in the next version (0.22.9) - check out https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?archive=no&bug=912695

Im having a similar behaviour:

Suddenly im having issues with my apt upgrade

Excuting: apt-update & apt-upgrade -y I'm getting this error:

Max. recursion depth with nested structures exceeded at /usr/local/lib/perl/5.18.2/Storable.pm line 278, at /usr/bin/apt-show-versions line 271.
E: Problem executing scripts APT :: Update :: Post-Invoke-Success 'test -x /usr/bin/apt-show-versions || exit 0 ; apt-show-versions -i'
E: Sub-process returned an error code

I reinstalled apt-show-versions I upgraded CPAN modules

My error wasn’t exactly the same–mine was just saying Killed. After messing around with it for a while, a reboot fixed it.