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[SOLVED] Can't install programmes from application manager

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:11 pm
by Hazkin
I use Linux Mint Maya MATE-32 version and everytime I want to install a program from the manager, I click install, it asks for my password, I write it, it is accepted and then nothing happens. Usually after some retries, it eventually installs, but this time, I want to install Firefox 13 and I just can't.

There was a problem with upgrading to Firefox 13. While attempting to install the update from update manager, it returned this error (I translated it from my language to English).

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 /var/cache/apt/archives/firefox_13.0+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1_i386.deb
    W: Waited for dpkg --assert-multi-arch but was not there - dpkgGo (10: There are no "child" processes).
I could not figure out a way to upgrade it. I tried to delete the .deb file at the referred location so it would download it again but it is not possible to delete! So I removed Firefox 12 to install again, now with the 13th version. But it won't install.

Any ideas on how to fix this?

Re: Can't install programmes from application manager

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:21 pm
by kc1di
go to a terminal and type or copy and paste the following commands and try again:

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sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf 
sudo apt-get update
one at a time.
See if that works to clear the problem.

Re: Can't install programmes from application manager

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:33 pm
by Hazkin
No, I did it and still it won't start the installation of firefox from application manager.
After I type my password nothing else happens.
The same thing is going on with rhythmbox, since yesterday I am trying to install it from the manager but no success.

Re: Can't install programmes from application manager

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:37 pm
by kc1di
ok then try this
again in a terminal

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sudo apt-get autoclen
sudo apt-get clean
sudo dpkg --configure -a
While your in the terminal you might as well try installing firefox from there.

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sudo apt-get install firefox

Re: Can't install programmes from application manager

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 4:48 pm
by Hazkin
When running

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sudo dpkg --configure -a

it returns the following (I translated it from my language to English):

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dpkg: problems with dependencies prevent the configuration of firefox-globalmenu:
 firefox-globalmenu depends on firefox (= 13.0+build1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1); however:
  The package is not installed.
dpkg: error while processing firefox-globalmenu (--configure):
 problems com dependencies - leaving unconfigured
There has been found errors while processing:
 firefox-globalmenu

Re: Can't install programmes from application manager

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:20 pm
by DeanNG
I too am having the same problem with the Software Manager. It doesn't seem to be doing anything whenever I try to install one of the packages. It requests my password but after it has been entered nothing appears to be happening.

Edit: Seems to be working again after running an update and restarting Software Manager

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sudo apt-get update

Re: Can't install programmes from application manager

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:41 pm
by Hazkin
Well, since the output of this command

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sudo dpkg --configure -a
was returning problems with firefox-globalmenu
I went to synaptics package manager and installed this specific package from there.
It worked fine and then I could install Firefox 13 from Synaptics. Strangely, now there is no trouble installing other applications from the application manager. I just tested it by installing mtpaint.

Re: Can't install programmes from application manager

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:54 pm
by Hazkin
After doing what I described above...

While attempting to search for updates with update manager or typing

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sudo apt-get update
The following error returns:

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Failed to get gzip:/var/lib/apt/lists/partial/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise_main_binary-i386_Packages  Verification code hash doesn't match.

E: Some archives index failed at being downloaded. They have been ignored, or older copies are used instead.
So in order to fix this I used this command in terminal this time

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sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf 
.
Then sudo apt-get update worked fine again.
Everything is now solved and updated.