seemingly uncurable package install failure

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http://askubuntu.com – Similar to how-to-get-dpkg-working-again my daily apt-get has had this error, completely failing to update anything: root@chopin~ Wed Feb 01,16:23:56# (5473) apt-get -y install Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree... 50% Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following extra packages will be installed: python-twisted-core Suggested packages: python-qt3 python-profiler The following packages will be upgraded: python-twisted-core 1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 82 not upgraded. 1 not fully installed or removed. Need to get 0 B/1 (HowTos)