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    Red face Synaptic won't start

    Hello!

    I can't start the synaptic package manager I get the following error starting it from a terminal and from the system/admin menu.

    Code:
    E: ERROR: no s'ha pogut crear el directori de configuració /root/.synaptic - mkdir (2: El fitxer o directori no existeix)
    (I translated it here)
    Code:
    E: ERROR: unable to create setup directory /root/.synaptic - mkdir (2: File or directory does not exist)
    I've been struggling with Wine recently in order to install an old game (which I have't succeeded yet) Maybe I changed something I shouldn't have... but I don't know what might that be

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    Re: Synaptic won't start

    Can you access a terminal and enter this command
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    if you can successfully update the underlying code stucture for synaptic is working and you probably just need to add the directory listed in the error message.
    So from terminal type this command
    Code:
    sudo mkdir /root/.synaptic
    Then reattempt to start Synaptic
    It's okay, I'm a limo driver

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    Re: Synaptic won't start

    I can't edit the last post so here is additional info.
    If during your attempt to configure wine did you give root a password ?
    I found this thread describing a similar error message here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=733932
    It's okay, I'm a limo driver

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    Talking Re: Synaptic won't start

    Yes, your first post solved the problem.
    Error message came after typing the password... I wonder how did I manage to erase that directory?

    Works perfectly. Much obliged

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    Red face Re: Synaptic won't start

    i have the same problem but with another error message :/

    Code:
    Could not launch 'Synaptic Package Manager'
    Failed to execute child process "gksu" (No such file or directory)

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    Re: Synaptic won't start

    Try to open Synaptic through terminal
    Code:
    gksudo synaptic
    And see if that solves your problem. But your menu item should open with the same process and isn't Hmmmm ?
    It's okay, I'm a limo driver

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