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    Re: VLC Player has been removed, now I can't reinstall it

    Also I just remembered that this happened after I did a partial upgrade if that helps.

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    Re: VLC Player has been removed, now I can't reinstall it

    Quote Originally Posted by jakkups View Post
    Also I just remembered that this happened after I did a partial upgrade if that helps.
    Ah. Partial upgrades are a bad idea. You generally only get them if the repos are in an unstable condition and the package manager isn't able to resolve all the dependencies require to do a full update.

    Are you running the testing branch (Raring Ringtail)? Getting a partial upgrade offered is extremely rare unless you're testing.

    Either way, the best way to resolve a problem with the repos is to wait a day or two then try again. Sometimes switching to a different server helps, but you've already done that once.

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    Re: VLC Player has been removed, now I can't reinstall it

    Quote Originally Posted by Paqman View Post
    Ah. Partial upgrades are a bad idea. You generally only get them if the repos are in an unstable condition and the package manager isn't able to resolve all the dependencies require to do a full update.

    Are you running the testing branch (Raring Ringtail)? Getting a partial upgrade offered is extremely rare unless you're testing.

    Either way, the best way to resolve a problem with the repos is to wait a day or two then try again. Sometimes switching to a different server helps, but you've already done that once.
    This is what version I'm running.

    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=12.04
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=precise
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS"

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    Re: VLC Player has been removed, now I can't reinstall it

    OK, that's the regular release then. So you've definitely refreshed your sources and switched to a different server? Have you added or removed any new repos, PPAs, etc lately?

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    Re: VLC Player has been removed, now I can't reinstall it

    Quote Originally Posted by Paqman View Post
    OK, that's the regular release then. So you've definitely refreshed your sources and switched to a different server? Have you added or removed any new repos, PPAs, etc lately?
    Since this partial upgrade added videolan/master-daily PPA and added libavcodec & libavutil 4:0.8.4ubuntu0.12.04.1 repos.

    Unchecked and then rechecked all the software sources and chose a different server aswell.

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    Re: VLC Player has been removed, now I can't reinstall it

    Righto, you may not be running a testing branch of Ubuntu, but you've got a testing PPA enabled. That's where the breakage has come from. For future reference, anything calling itself a "daily" is likely to be unstable, and should be treated with a bit of caution.

    If you do enable some unstable sources and get offered a "partial upgrade", open up a tool like Synaptic and check exactly what will be removed before you decide to either accept or refuse the upgrade.

    Uncheck that PPA, open a terminal with Ctrl-T and run:
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    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get autoremove
    sudo apt-get install vlc
    This will get a list of packages minus all the stuff from the PPA, remove anything you don't need installed, then try to install VLC. Post back any errors you get.

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    Re: VLC Player has been removed, now I can't reinstall it

    Everything worked fine up until the installation part. This is what I got back:

    sudo apt-get install vlc
    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.
    vlc : Depends: vlc-nox (= 2.0.3+git20121114+r428-0~r41~precise1) but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: vlc-plugin-notify (= 2.0.3+git20121114+r428-0~r41~precise1) but it is not going to be installed
    Recommends: vlc-plugin-pulse (= 2.0.3+git20121114+r428-0~r41~precise1) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

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    Re: VLC Player has been removed, now I can't reinstall it

    Quote Originally Posted by jakkups View Post
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
    Right, we're getting there. Try:
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    sudo apt-get -f install
    Or if you have Synaptic installed it has a filter to locate and fix broken packages. They both do the same thing AFAIK.

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    Re: VLC Player has been removed, now I can't reinstall it

    OK, this is what I got:

    sudo apt-get -f install
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

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    Re: VLC Player has been removed, now I can't reinstall it

    If (for the moment or for good) you want to return to the ubuntu repo vlc vs. the videolan ppa version try this -

    Disable the ppa in sources (if not already done

    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge vlc-data
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc
    see what occurs ...

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