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    Lightbulb reinstalling xubuntu

    need some help. got some errors with xubuntu-too much playing around. when i tried this got this error

    THIS IS A LINUX COMPUTER HAVE FUN
    ray@ray-GC660AA-ABA-SR5123WM:~$ sudo apt-get reinstall xubuntu-desktop
    [sudo] password for ray:
    E: Invalid operation reinstall
    ray@ray-GC660AA-ABA-SR5123WM:~$ sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
    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:
    xubuntu-desktop : Depends: thunar but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: thunar-volman but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: xfce4-panel but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: xfdesktop4 but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: orage but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: thunar-archive-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: thunar-media-tags-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-cpugraph-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-dict but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-indicator-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-mailwatch-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-netload-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-notes-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-places-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-quicklauncher-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-systemload-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-terminal but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-verve-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-weather-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: xfce4-xkb-plugin but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
    ray@ray-GC660AA-ABA-SR5123WM:~$

    however when i opened the spm to correct it showed i had no broken packages.

    looking for command to reinstall xubuntu. maybe force remove and then reinstall or whatever. not worried about data loss have xfce,classic,mate and cinnamon installed so i am covered.

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    Re: reinstalling xubuntu

    Sounds to me like you really only want to reinstall XFCE.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge xfce4
    sudo apt-get autoremove
    sudo apt-get install xfce
    I doubt that will eliminate the problem of dependencies refusing to install, though. That problem might be caused by sources you added in order to install Cinnamon and Mate. Perhaps you could provide more information about that...
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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    Lightbulb Re: reinstalling xubuntu

    note output

    ray@ray-GC660AA-ABA-SR5123WM:~$ sudo apt-get install xfce4
    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:
    xfce4 : Depends: xfce4-panel (>= 4.10.0) but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: xfdesktop4 (>= 4.10.0) but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: thunar (>= 1.4.0) but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: xfce4-mixer (>= 4.8.0) but it is not going to be installed
    Depends: orage (>= 4.8.0) but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: thunar-volman (>= 0.8.0) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
    ray@ray-GC660AA-ABA-SR5123WM:~$

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    Re: reinstalling xubuntu

    My goodness, what a bunch of confusion!

    There is no such command in Linux as "reinstall." Only "install." I'm a graphical user, so for most of my installation / removal / reinstallation stuff I use Synaptic Package Manager.

    The package you want to reinstall may be "xubuntu-desktop" rather than "Xfce." Try using Synaptic to locate that metapackage, select Mark for Reinstallation, and go with that.

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    Lightbulb Re: reinstalling xubuntu

    per tks but if i open the spm it shows that i dont have the xubuntu-desktop installed and if i try to install it get the dependencies error. really weird since i have both a xfce and xubuntu session on the log in menu and both work. just weird

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    Lightbulb Re: reinstalling xubuntu

    and new mate and cin sources havent been the problem. just somehow mess up by installing xfce4.10 and .12 dev ppas which i have since purged

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    Re: reinstalling xubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Peripheral Visionary View Post
    My goodness, what a bunch of confusion!

    There is no such command in Linux as "reinstall." Only "install." I'm a graphical user, so for most of my installation / removal / reinstallation stuff I use Synaptic Package Manager.

    The package you want to reinstall may be "xubuntu-desktop" rather than "Xfce." Try using Synaptic to locate that metapackage, select Mark for Reinstallation, and go with that.
    xubuntu-desktop is a metapackage. Its only purpose is as a dependency placeholder. Uninstalling or reinstalling it won't do anything.

    Have you tried directly installing the packages it says "won't be installed" to see if it kicks any helpful error messages?
    Last edited by newb85; November 8th, 2012 at 01:55 PM.
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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    Lightbulb Re: reinstalling xubuntu

    new it is like i am in a non-ending loop if i try to install any sub package i get an error of an unresolved dependency happens with about everything i try. must be an easy way to fix if not just will live with until 13.04 come out.

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    Lightbulb Re: reinstalling xubuntu

    there has to be a way of completely removing xfce and xubuntu including all preferences. then i could log back into a unity or classic session and install xfce and xubuntu.

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