"The installation or removal of a software package failed." is not useful

Bug #1118210 reported by Alan Pope 🍺🐧🐱 πŸ¦„
This bug affects 3 people
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update-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

update-manager 1:0.180, Ubuntu Raring

Did my usual updates on raring this morning. After update manager finished I am left with a dialog which has the text "The installation or removal of a software package failed" and a settings and ok button. I am not informed what the error is, how I can discover what the error is, nor how to report it or fix it. This message seems pretty much unhelpful to me as a user. :)

Attached my dpkg.log and a screenshot..

<https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SoftwareUpdates#After_installing>: "If there are any errors while installing the updates, then the error tracker should generate its own alert (bug 1152578). Therefore, Software Updater should not duplicate the error presentation itself."

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Alan Pope 🍺🐧🐱 πŸ¦„ (popey) wrote :
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Alan Pope 🍺🐧🐱 πŸ¦„ (popey) wrote :
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Brian Murray (brian-murray) wrote :

Here is the error:

Preparing to replace linux-image-3.8.0-4-generic 3.8.0-4.8 (using .../linux-image-3.8.0-4-generic_3.8.0-4.9_amd64.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement linux-image-3.8.0-4-generic ...
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-3.8.0-4-generic_3.8.0-4.9_amd64.deb (--unpack):
 trying to overwrite '/lib/modules/3.8.0-4-generic/kernel/drivers/ata/ahci_platform.ko', which is also in package linux-image-extra-3.8.0-4-generic 3.8.0-4.8
dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste was killed by signal (Broken pipe)

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
status: New → Confirmed
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Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :
Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
assignee: Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) → nobody
status: Confirmed → Triaged
description: updated
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