I just had the same problem, having Linux Mint 14 with KDE, wanting to try out the Cinnamon desktop instead.
The problem seems to be that there is a question asked in the installation, one that doesn't come up with the Synaptic (or other) Package Manager.
What you can do is the following:
- Interrupt the installation process: If you aren't able (like i was) to click 'Cancel' , try just killing it by open a console/terminal and typing : sudo kill -9 <id of the installation process>
If you don't know the id, try running the command top
and look for an item called mintinstaller
. The id in the front is the process id of the process you want to kill.
- Run the installation from the command line: Open a new console/terminal window (if you did the previous step, it should still be open)
What the installation manager actually does is similar to a command called apt-get
. If you try running that now, it will probably tell you the install process was interrupted.
To illustrate this, this is the output i got:
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jeroen@jeroen-HP-EliteBook-8460p ~/Documents $ sudo apt-get install cinnamon
E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
If you do as specified, namely rerunning the dpkg
command as mentioned, you will encounter a prompt:
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Configuration file `/etc/gnome/defaults.list'
==> File on system created by you or by a script.
==> File also in package provided by package maintainer.
What would you like to do about it ? Your options are:
Y or I : install the package maintainer's version
N or O : keep your currently-installed version
D : show the differences between the versions
Z : start a shell to examine the situation
The default action is to keep your current version.
*** defaults.list (Y/I/N/O/D/Z) [default=N] ?
I chose the yes option, and my install continued and finished as expected.
(Alternatively, you could take the time to examine the differences and chose another option)
Hope this helps !