[R-sig-Debian] ess 17.11-3 won't install on Ubuntu 16.04

Eva Myers E@R@Myer@ @ending from @t@t@l@b@c@m@@c@uk
Mon Aug 20 16:29:57 CEST 2018

Attempting to install ess (17.11-3xenial0) on our Ubuntu 16.04 systems
is failing with an error message.

root using kore:/home/eva# apt-get install ess
Install ess for emacs24
install/ess: Handling install for emacsen flavor emacs24
ERROR: install script from ess package failed
dpkg: error processing package ess (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Installing the previous version worked perfectly.  The relevant
sources.list line is

deb https://cloud.r-project.org/bin/linux/ubuntu xenial/

What is causing this error and how can it be fixed?

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