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    Synaptic / apt-get broken packages problem (?)

    Good morning:

    I'm a reincident/persistent linux user, having tried many times to move from the MS platform with little success.
    So to all extents and purposes I can say that I'm sort of new(ish) to linux.

    I'm now giving Ubuntu 12.04 LTS a try.

    I started by installing 10.04 and then doing an online upgrade to 12.04 LTS.

    I have been attempting to get the infamous ath9k_htc driver problems fixed and the Matrox G400 twin head card properly configurated but I have not had much success save being able to narrow the ath9k_htc driver problems to something related to CRDA configuration data in the adaptor's EEPROM and how 12.04 LTS deals with it.

    I've installed Synaptic Package Manager (absent from 12.04 LTS) and used it to install and upgrade the system.
    I've also installed deborphan.

    The question at hand is this:

    If I run Synaptic Package Manager, select the 'custom filter' tab and then the 'broken' package list, I see that Synaptic says:

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    1683 packages listed, 1683 installed, 0 broken, 0 to install/upgrade, 0 to remove.
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    According to the help file, the procedure is this:

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    To show all broken packages choose the Broken filter.

    To correct the broken packages perform the following steps:

    Choose Edit ▸ Fix Broken Packages from the menu.

    Apply the marked changes to actually fix the packages:

    Click on Apply in the toolbar.

    Choose Edit ▸ Apply Marked Changes from the menu.

    Press the key combination Ctrl+E.
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    But when I do --> Choose Edit ▸ Fix Broken Packages from the menu the 'Apply' button remains shaded and cannot be clicked on.

    Code:
     --> sudo apt-get upgrade
    
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    
    --> sudo apt-get install -f
    
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    
    sudo apt-get clean && sudo apt-get update
    
    --> sudo apt-get install --fix-broken
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Why are 1683 packages listed as broken?
    Am I missing something here?

    Thanks in advance,

    CIV

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    Re: Synaptic / apt-get broken packages problem (?)

    I don't know why synaptic is showing 1600+ packages and 0 broke. Install -f is showing 0 packages broke.

    I started by installing 10.04 and then doing an online upgrade to 12.04 LTS.
    You should really do a reinstall of 12.04 fresh from the CD. By installing and upgrading your out of date 10.04 install you are off to a bad start IMO. 10.04 runs on gnome2 and 12.04 uses the new gnome3. Upgrades can go smooth or cause headaches.
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    Re: Synaptic / apt-get broken packages problem (?)

    Hello:

    Thanks for your input.
    I'm sorry, the original install was 11.10 and not 11.04.
    My bad ...

    You should really do a reinstall of 12.04 fresh from the CD
    Hmmm ...
    That sounds 'very' MS like ... I 'was' hoping that with linux it would now be part of a distant past.
    Maybe not? =-P

    Seriously, I did my best but 12.04 LTS would not install no matter what I tried, for days on end.
    So I decided on 11.10 which I (initially) had no intention of upgrading.

    But in the end, thinking that 'maybe' the Xorg.conf problem would have been fixed, I updated to 12.04 LTS.
    But (as it has been for the longest time) the Xorg.conf problem has 'not' been fixed. =-/
    Yet.

    Cheers,

    CIV
    Last edited by sawbona; August 31st, 2013 at 05:37 PM.

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    Re: Synaptic / apt-get broken packages problem (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by sawbona View Post

    Why are 1683 packages listed as broken?
    Am I missing something here?

    Thanks in advance,

    CIV
    1683 packages listed, 1683 installed, 0 broken, 0 to install/upgrade, 0 to remove
    1683 is the total number of packages installed, not the number broken. 0 (zero) is the number broken.

    Edit: I see your point. I did the broken filter on mine and get:

    0 packages listed, 1539 installed, 0 broken, 0 to install/upgrade 0 to remove.

    Is the Synaptic window empty after using the filter? Mine is.

    Possibly some artifact from your upgrade is causing this. Consider complete removal and reinstall of Synatptic, or as suggested above, a fresh install if that fails. Or live with it as is.
    Last edited by Dennis N; August 31st, 2013 at 04:29 PM.

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    Re: Synaptic / apt-get broken packages problem (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    1683 is the total number of packages installed, not the number broken. 0 (zero) is the number broken.
    Correct, but ..

    broken synaptic.png

    Is the way it should read
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    Re: Synaptic / apt-get broken packages problem (?)

    Hello:

    Thanks for your input.

    Is the way it should read
    Thought so ...

    This is what my screen looks like:

    Attachment 245868

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    I did as sugegsted above and did a complete removal of SPM, rebooted and:

    Code:
    --> sudo apt-get upgrade
    --> sudo apt-get install -f
    --> sudo apt-get install --fix-broken
    Then:

    Code:
    --> sudo apt-get install synaptic
    Unfortunately, the situation has not changed at all.
    Same thing reported by SPM.

    What I did find interesting/strange was that in the course of removing SPM (using SPM, of course) I noticed that the number of packages listed by SPM as 'broken' was suddenly reduced to five or six packages. The application dissapeared from screen as I intended to delve further.

    Could it be that SMP 'itself' is breaking the packages that dissapeared or something SPM needs is missing?

    I have no idea what to do now.

    Any firther input will be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

    CIV
    Last edited by sawbona; August 31st, 2013 at 07:14 PM.

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    Re: Synaptic / apt-get broken packages problem (?)

    Open SPM in terminal and see if it gives any errors

    Code:
    gksudo synaptic
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    Re: Synaptic / apt-get broken packages problem (?)

    Hello:

    Thanks for your input.

    Open SPM in terminal and see if it gives any errors
    Same behaviour.
    Just opens up SPM GUI.

    Cheers,

    CIV

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    Re: Synaptic / apt-get broken packages problem (?)

    Hello:

    Thanks for your input.

    1683 is the total number of packages installed, not the number broken. 0 (zero) is the number broken.
    Hmmm ...

    If I look under 'Sections --> All', SPM tells me that the system has 39763 packages listed, 1683 installed, 0 broken, 0 to remove.
    If I look under 'Custom filters' --> 'Broken' SPM tells me that the system has 1683 packages listed, 1683 installed, 0 broken, 0 to remove.

    I think that it being the 'Broken' filter, if there are 1683 'listed', it would mean that there are 1683 'broken' packages.
    If this is so, there's a discrepancy between the 'listed' packages (1683) and '0 broken'.

    I see your point. I did the broken filter on mine and get:
    0 packages listed, 1539 installed, 0 broken, 0 to install/upgrade 0 to remove.
    Exactly ...

    Is the Synaptic window empty after using the filter?
    No ...

    Like I wrote in my OP, there's a long liste which I'm willing to bet counts up to 1683.

    Possibly some artifact from your upgrade is causing this.
    Could be ...
    In any case, it was an upgrade from 11.10 and not from 10.04, corrected above.

    Consider complete removal and reinstall of Synatptic.
    I'll try that one.

    Thanks.

    CIV

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    Re: Synaptic / apt-get broken packages problem (?)

    as above, or Synaptic does a great job of fixing broken packages

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