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    installing gnome

    Hullo all. I am trying to install gnome through the terminal, but keep getting the following error message:

    Code:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
     gnome : Depends: swfdec-mozilla but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages
    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: installing gnome

    How exactly are you trying to install gnome? Please list the commands you are using.
    What version of Ubuntu are you using? And what desktop are you using now?

    You need to provide some pertinent information if you want anyone to help you.

    Do you have any third party repositories in your sources? This includes those all too problematic PPA repositories???

    The easy way to install gnome, and the whole Ubuntu desktop with gnome, is to run in the terminal:
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    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    You could then uninstall any programs that you do not want.
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    Re: installing gnome

    I am running Ubuntu 10.10 on a netbook, so UNR 10.10. Here is how I have been trying to install GNOME:

    Code:
    thedoctor@TheDoctorsTARDIS:~$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    [sudo] password for thedoctor: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    ubuntu-desktop is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    thedoctor@TheDoctorsTARDIS:~$ sudo apt-get install gnome
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:
    
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
     gnome : Depends: swfdec-mozilla but it is not going to be installed
    E: Broken packages
    I know I have third-party repos in my source (at least I think I do), so how do I find that info, so I can display it to get more help? Thanks.

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    Re: installing gnome

    Quote Originally Posted by thedoctor81877 View Post
    I know I have third-party repos in my source (at least I think I do), so how do I find that info, so I can display it to get more help?
    You should know if you if you have installed any third party repos, since this is something that you have done to your system.

    Post your /etc/apt/sources.list file.
    Also post any files you may have in your /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory.

    Your output from <sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop>indicates that you already have gnome installed.
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    Re: installing gnome

    But, and maybe I just do not know enough about this, but when I say try to use the Ubuntu Software Center to install GNOME desktop environment with the extras (for lack of the proper term), I get the previous unmet dependencies as I did when using the terminal.

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    Re: installing gnome

    Can you post the contents of your /etc/apt/sources.list file as I asked in my last post?
    Also post any files in your /etc/apt/sources.d/ directory.
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    Re: installing gnome

    That behavior is typical when trying to install the package "gnome". UNR uses Unity which is a "tweak" to the Ubuntu desktop.

    Try either logging out, or killing X with Alt>SysReq>K, and when you click on the username window look at the bottom panel. I think you'll be able to "toggle" and select "Classic desktop".

    BTW the package to install the actual Debian flavor gnome desktop is "gnome-desktop-environment" but it will not look at all like Ubuntu, it'll look much more like Debian.

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    Re: installing gnome

    To: tommcd. When I try the /etc/apt/sources, all I get is the following.

    Code:
    thedoctor@TheDoctorsTARDIS:~$ /etc/apt/sources.list 
    bash: /etc/apt/sources.list: Permission denied
    For the /etc/apt/sources.d/ directory, I get the following:
    Code:
    /etc/apt/sources.d/ directory
    That is what you were referring to isn't it?
    Thanks again.

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    Re: installing gnome

    To kansasnoob : When I try to use the terminal to sudo-apt get install gnome-desktop-envioronment, I get the following:

    Code:
    thedoctor@TheDoctorsTARDIS:~$ sudo apt-get install gnome-desktop-envioronment
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package gnome-desktop-envioronment
    Thanks.

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    Re: installing gnome

    Quote Originally Posted by thedoctor81877 View Post
    To kansasnoob : When I try to use the terminal to sudo-apt get install gnome-desktop-envioronment, I get the following:

    Code:
    thedoctor@TheDoctorsTARDIS:~$ sudo apt-get install gnome-desktop-envioronment
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package gnome-desktop-envioronment
    Thanks.
    Your spelling is wrong, but I really don't think that's what you want to do!

    Did you try logging into the Classic Desktop option? Right after clicking on the username click on Session in the lower panel and I believe you'll find that option.

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