Don't worry, I'm not here with a controvercial and/or misguided oppinion
this time... ;) I need a little help from those much wiser than myself...
I'm running Debian; mostly sarge (little woody, a pinch of sid, and maybe
even a few potato's here and there), and am having some rather annoying
trouble with apt/dpkg...
Is there anyway to regenerate the /var/lib/apt/status (or similar) file
which holds the list of installed and avaliable packages...?
The file became corrupt after an mmap failure which running "apt-get
update", and hasn't been the same since (basically, short of deleting the
file, there was no way to get apt to run without that mmap error). I have a
copy of the corrupted status file, but the daily backups prior to the
corruption were not being made due to another (unrelated) glitch which I've
only recently become aware of and fixed.