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dpkg: error processing package nvidia-l4t-bootloader (--configure)

You may see this error, or something similar, while trying to install VS Code (or anything else) on the Jetson

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Setting up nvidia-l4t-bootloader (32.7.1-20220219090432) ...
Starting bootloader post-install procedure.
ERROR. Procedure for bootloader update FAILED.
Cannot install package. Exiting...
dpkg: error processing package nvidia-l4t-bootloader (--configure):
 installed nvidia-l4t-bootloader package post-installation script subprocess returned error exit status 1
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.27-3ubuntu1.3) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

To resolve, try the following (with thanks to Carlos on the NIVIDIA forums).The issue is related to the information that dpkg saves. To do a hacky fix we'll move the dpkg info to a backup, update and reinstall dpkg packages, and then copy back the info we backed up. This will correct corrupted the information that had been stored

  1. Backup /var/lib/dpkg/info
sudo mv /var/lib/dpkg/info/ /var/lib/dpkg/backup/
sudo mkdir /var/lib/dpkg/info/
  1. Update the repos and force install
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -f install
  1. Copy the corrected dpkg/info files over our old backup
sudo mv /var/lib/dpkg/info/* /var/lib/dpkg/backup/
  1. Remove the new info and copy our backup (with corrected info) back into place
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/dpkg/info
sudo mv /var/lib/dpkg/backup/ /var/lib/dpkg/info/

Things should now work properly.