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

Dirk Eddelbuettel edd @ending from debi@n@org
Mon Aug 20 17:43:52 CEST 2018

On 20 August 2018 at 15:29, Eva Myers wrote:
| Hello,
| Attempting to install ess (17.11-3xenial0) on our Ubuntu 16.04 systems
| is failing with an error message.

This can happen. I (with my Debian hat on) had to make 17.11-3 because the
ess package did not behave with Debian untable and Emacs 26.2. It does now.

Changes can have side effects. Turn out that in this case 16.04 is
affected. Your easiest recourse would be to not use this package, but the
(much older) ESS from 16.04, or an older release (and then put it on 'hold'
to supress updates).

There will be a newer elpa-ess which may work for you (or not). You could try


and you need both. "Works for me" on 18.04.  Not tested on 16.04. YMMV.

| 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:
|  ess
| 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?
| Thanks,
| Eva.
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