In my Ubuntu 10.04, the Synaptic package manager reports the "empathy" and "empathy-common" packages as being broken, however it cannot fix it with "repair broken packages". This problem is critical because it tries and fails to fix the problem every time I try to update or install anything; it exits before anyting is applied.
I have also tried in the bash shell using "sudo apt-get remove empathy", which tells me the following:
Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should reinstall it before attempting a removal.
OK, I try to install it in the bash shell using "sudo apt-get install empathy", which fails with a lot of cryptic error messages. I attach the output in a text file.
Thanks in advance for your help.