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Thread: Update manager, software center don't work

  1. #1

    Update manager, software center don't work

    Update manager and software center both run, but when I click on "install," they both just sit there and don't respond. If I run software center from a command line, I get the error "WARNING - _on_trans_error: org.freedesktop.PolicyKit.Error.Failed." (There are no updates right now, so I can't get an error from the update manager.) Apparently they aren't invoking gksudo or whatever it is they need to elevate privileges.

    I can get around this by running them as root, but it is kind of annoying. I'm really surprised that no one else has had this problem, but I've searched it a number of times and I can't find any indication of someone having the same symptoms.

    Sincerely,
    Derek

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    Re: Update manager, software center don't work

    Please post the complete output of these commands.

    Applications > Accessories > Terminal:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install -f
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  3. #3

    Re: Update manager, software center don't work

    sudo apt-get update
    Code:
    Hit http://linux.dropbox.com maverick Release.gpg
    Ign http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en              
    Ign http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en_US           
    Hit http://linux.dropbox.com maverick Release                                  
    Hit http://archive.canonical.com maverick Release.gpg                          
    Ign http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ maverick/partner Translation-en       
    Get:1 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security Release.gpg [198B]          
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/main Translation-en   
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/main Translation-en_US
    Get:2 http://extras.ubuntu.com maverick Release.gpg [72B]                      
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en              
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick Release.gpg                          
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en          
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en_US       
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick Release.gpg                              
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net/fkrull/deadsnakes/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net/fkrull/deadsnakes/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en_US
    Hit http://linux.dropbox.com maverick/main i386 Packages                       
    Ign http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ maverick/partner Translation-en_US    
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick Release.gpg                              
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net/gloobus-dev/gloobus-preview/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net/gloobus-dev/gloobus-preview/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick Release.gpg                              
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net/slicer/ppa/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en   
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en_US           
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com maverick Release                                  
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net/slicer/ppa/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en_US
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick Release.gpg                              
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net/spring/ppa/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en   
    Hit http://archive.canonical.com maverick Release                              
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/multiverse Translation-en
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/restricted Translation-en
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/universe Translation-en
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-security/universe Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/multiverse Translation-en    
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/multiverse Translation-en_US 
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/restricted Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/universe Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick/universe Translation-en_US   
    Get:3 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates Release.gpg [198B]         
    Get:4 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security Release [27.2kB]            
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/main Translation-en  
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net/spring/ppa/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en_US
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick Release.gpg                              
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/multiverse Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/restricted Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/universe Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-updates/universe Translation-en_US
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com maverick/main i386 Packages                       
    Hit http://archive.canonical.com maverick/partner Sources                      
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-wine/ppa/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-wine/ppa/ubuntu/ maverick/main Translation-en_US
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick Release                                
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick Release                                  
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick Release                                  
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick Release                                  
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-backports Release.gpg                
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-backports/main Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-backports/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-backports/multiverse Translation-en
    Hit http://archive.canonical.com maverick/partner i386 Packages                
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-backports/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-backports/restricted Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-backports/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-backports/universe Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ maverick-backports/universe Translation-en_US
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick Release
    Get:5 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security/main Sources [20.1kB]       
    Get:6 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates Release [31.4kB]           
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick Release                                  
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick/main Sources                             
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick/main i386 Packages                       
    Get:7 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security/restricted Sources [14B]    
    Get:8 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security/universe Sources [8,221B]   
    Get:9 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security/multiverse Sources [649B]   
    Get:10 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security/main i386 Packages [66.3kB]
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick/main i386 Packages                       
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick/main Sources                             
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick/main i386 Packages                       
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick/main Sources                             
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick/main i386 Packages                       
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-backports Release                    
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick/main Sources                         
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick/restricted Sources                   
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick/universe Sources                     
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick/multiverse Sources                   
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick/main i386 Packages                   
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick/restricted i386 Packages
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick/universe i386 Packages               
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick/multiverse i386 Packages             
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick/main Sources                             
    Get:11 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security/restricted i386 Packages [14B]
    Get:12 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security/universe i386 Packages [33.4kB]
    Get:13 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates/main Sources [71.8kB]     
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick/main i386 Packages                       
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick/main i386 Packages                       
    Get:14 http://security.ubuntu.com maverick-security/multiverse i386 Packages [1,655B]
    Err http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick/main Sources                             
      404  Not Found
    Err http://ppa.launchpad.net maverick/main i386 Packages
      404  Not Found
    Get:15 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates/restricted Sources [14B]
    Get:16 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates/universe Sources [23.7kB]
    Get:17 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates/multiverse Sources [1,068B]
    Get:18 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates/main i386 Packages [196kB]
    Get:19 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates/restricted i386 Packages [14B]
    Get:20 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates/universe i386 Packages [77.3kB]
    Get:21 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-updates/multiverse i386 Packages [2,522B]
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-backports/main i386 Packages
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-backports/restricted i386 Packages
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-backports/universe i386 Packages
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com maverick-backports/multiverse i386 Packages
    Fetched 562kB in 1s (323kB/s)
    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/slicer/ppa/ubuntu/dists/maverick/main/source/Sources.gz  404  Not Found
    
    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/slicer/ppa/ubuntu/dists/maverick/main/binary-i386/Packages.gz  404  Not Found
    
    E: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
    sudo apt-get install -f:
    Code:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
      libwildmidi0 libzbar0 libflite1 libopenspc0 libfftw3-3 libgme0 libcdaudio1
      libmimic0 librtmp0 libofa0 libmms0 libiptcdata0
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 12 not upgraded.

  4. #4
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    Re: Update manager, software center don't work

    There doesn't seem to be any problem with that output except that 2 of the Launchpad PPA's servers are down thus giving a 404 Error.

    Go to Software Center > Edit > Software Sources > Other Software Tab and disable the offensive PPAs and try using Software Center again.

  5. #5
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    Re: Update manager, software center don't work

    The problem isn't his repo setup its with the policy kit

    softwarecenter.backend - WARNING - _on_trans_error: org.freedesktop.PolicyKit.Error.Failed: ('system-bus-name', {'name': ':1.225'}): org.debian.apt.install-or-remove-packages

    Happens with both update manager and software center when not in gnome, kde, or xfce

    I too am looking for the answer to this issue. I'm still coming up dry.
    Last edited by aimless_e; July 11th, 2011 at 11:11 PM. Reason: typo

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