"Could not install the security updates."

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1nuBJim
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"Could not install the security updates."

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I have Linux Mint 19.3 cinnamon. I was playing Freeciv when it crashed, and sent me to the sign-in screen. I logged back on, and noticed that the update manager icon was blue, so I clicked on it, on install updates, and on okay for additional changes. I then got a message saying "Could not install the security updates." I then got a window labeled System Reports which said a new version of Linux Mint is available. Since I wasn't ready to upgrade to Mint 20 as yet, I clicked on Crash reports. The Local Files and Bug Tracker buttons were grayed out. The Pastebin button Works, but I have no idea what it does. Linuxese is a foreign language to me, and I doubt that I'll ever learn it. I have no idea about what most of the info is in the System information tab (Linuxese again), but I figured you'd need it, so here it is.
System: Host: jim-ThinkPad-T430s Kernel: 5.3.0-62-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc
v: 7.5.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.4.8 wm: muffin dm: LightDM Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia
base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic
Machine: Type: Laptop System: LENOVO product: 2355DQ4 v: ThinkPad T430s serial: <filter>
Chassis: type: 10 serial: <filter>
Mobo: LENOVO model: 2355DQ4 serial: <filter> UEFI: LENOVO v: G7ET63WW (2.05 )
date: 11/12/2012
Battery: ID-1: BAT0 charge: 38.0 Wh condition: 38.1/44.0 Wh (87%) volts: 12.5/11.1
model: SANYO 45N1037 serial: <filter> status: Unknown
CPU: Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Core i5-3320M bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Ivy Bridge
rev: 9 L2 cache: 3072 KiB
flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 20753
Speed: 1197 MHz min/max: 1200/3300 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1197 2: 1197 3: 1197
4: 1198
Graphics: Device-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics vendor: Lenovo driver: i915 v: kernel
bus ID: 00:02.0 chip ID: 8086:0166
Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa
resolution: 1366x768~60Hz
OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile v: 4.2 Mesa 19.2.8 compat-v: 3.0
direct render: Yes
Audio: Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio vendor: Lenovo
driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1b.0 chip ID: 8086:1e20
Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.3.0-62-generic
Network: Device-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network vendor: Lenovo driver: e1000e v: 3.2.6-k
port: 5080 bus ID: 00:19.0 chip ID: 8086:1502
IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter>
Device-2: Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel port: efa0
bus ID: 03:00.0 chip ID: 8086:4238
IF: wlp3s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives: Local Storage: total: 119.24 GiB used: 65.20 GiB (54.7%)
ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Samsung model: MZ7TD128HAFV-000L1 size: 119.24 GiB
speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: <filter>
Partition: ID-1: / size: 116.38 GiB used: 65.19 GiB (56.0%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2
USB: Hub: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 3 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002
Hub: 1-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 6 rev: 2.0
chip ID: 8087:0024
Device-1: 1-1.6:3 info: Acer type: Video driver: uvcvideo rev: 2.0 chip ID: 5986:02d5
Hub: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 3 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002
Hub: 2-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 8 rev: 2.0
chip ID: 8087:0024
Hub: 3-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0002
Hub: 4-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 4 rev: 3.0 chip ID: 1d6b:0003
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0 C mobo: 0.0 C
Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 3504
Repos: No active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/graphics-drivers-ppa-bionic.list
1: deb http: //ppa.launchpad.net/graphics-drivers/ppa/ubuntu bionic main
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/lutris-team-lutris-bionic.list
1: deb http: //ppa.launchpad.net/lutris-team/lutris/ubuntu bionic main
Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list
1: deb http: //packages.linuxmint.com tricia main upstream import backport #id:linuxmint_main
2: deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main restricted universe multiverse
3: deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates main restricted universe multiverse
4: deb http: //archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-backports main restricted universe multiverse
5: deb http: //security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-security main restricted universe multiverse
6: deb http: //archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ bionic partner
Info: Processes: 247 Uptime: 7d 10h 02m Memory: 7.60 GiB used: 1.17 GiB (15.4%) Init: systemd
v: 237 runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.5.0 alt: 7 Client: Unknown python3.6 client
inxi: 3.0.32

My ability to use the computer doesn't seem to be impaired at all, but I think not being able to install security updates could develop into a major issue. I appreciate any help y'all will be able to give me.

Thanks
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Re: "Could not install the security updates."

Post by Terryphi »

@1nuBJim,
This is probably a false error message which can be ignored. I have seen it before on my system. On checking I found that the security updates had been installed and all was well. In Update Manager look in View>History of Updates. Make a note of security updates before running the update so you can check afterwards.
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Re: "Could not install the security updates."

Post by twerq »

Hi 1nuBJim
There are such topic with the same name here on linuxmint forums.
Check the Could not install the security updates, try Pjotr instructions and post here.
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Re: "Could not install the security updates."

Post by 1nuBJim »

Thanks guys! I decided to try Terryphi's solution first, since it seemed the simpler way to go. The system wouldn't do a normal shutdown, so I did a hard boot using the power button. When I started it back up, the update manager worked the way it is supposed to, so I'm pretty happy!
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