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    Re: How to remove file?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buenadriver View Post
    If I remember correctly I just installed 13.10 over 12.04 from a CD.
    It is recommended to upgrade step-wise from version via next version(s) except between LTS versions. So from 12.04 LTS you will be able to upgrade to 14.04 LTS in the end of April (or better beginning of May, when the worst bug are squashed). Otherwise upgrade in a chain

    12.04 LTS - 12.10 - 13.04 -13.10

    which is a long chain prone to breakage. But skipping 12.10 a dn 13.04 might have caused your problem, and other problems might be lurking.

    Maybe the best thing would be to copy your home directory to an own partition and let it be a home partition, and reinstall 13.10 (with separate root and home partitions).

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    Re: How to remove file?

    Did you see the original screenshot? Before I could install VLC I had to remove this file. Just learning this system and it's tough navigating. I do appreciate all help.

    Don't quite understand the partition method but willing to give a try. Probably was an error to do it the way I did but thats my dilemma. Best solution??
    Last edited by howefield; February 23rd, 2014 at 12:21 AM.

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    Re: How to remove file?

    Buenadriver; Hi !

    Learning a new operating system is always tough, and there is a steep learning curve. We are trying our best to help.
    Please bear in mind that the file " xserver-common-lts-raring" is a critical system file and can not just be removed, rather, it must be replaced with the proper version.
    Now, before it can be replaced we must determine why that old version is resident on your system. Most likely is an old PPA.

    PPA is Personal Package Archive = a third party addition of software that is not standard to ubuntu. So we need to know what PPAs you have added to the system (maybe like a PPA from a prior install is not supported in the current install of saucy ??).

    EDIT: Failed to notice sudodus' advise, (re-)install is always a sure fire fix, and please bear in mind that it is possibly the best solution.
    Else we can continue to work to fix this present installation.

    So to continue:
    Post back to us the output of terminal codes:
    Code:
    ls -la /etc/apt/sources.list.d
    apt-cache policy xserver-common-lts-raring
    dpkg -l | grep "xserver-common*"
    for our inspection ->
    a tale will be told
    Last edited by Bashing-om; February 22nd, 2014 at 11:15 PM.
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    RE: How to remove file?

    Code:
    dale@dale-System-Product-Name:~$ ls -la /etc/apt/sources.list.d
    total 8
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr 20  2012 .
    drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Feb 14 19:46 ..
    dale@dale-System-Product-Name:~$
    Code:
    dale@dale-System-Product-Name:~$ apt-cache policy xserver-common-lts-raring
    xserver-common-lts-raring:
      Installed: 2:1.13.3-0ubuntu6~precise3
      Candidate: 2:1.13.3-0ubuntu6~precise3
      Version table:
     *** 2:1.13.3-0ubuntu6~precise3 0
            100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
    dale@dale-System-Product-Name:~$
    Code:
    dale@dale-System-Product-Name:~$ dpkg -l | grep "xserver-common*"
    ii  xserver-common                            2:1.14.5-1ubuntu2~saucy1                all          common files used by various X servers
    rH  xserver-common-lts-raring                 2:1.13.3-0ubuntu6~precise3              all          common files used by various X servers
    dale@dale-System-Product-Name:~$
    Last edited by howefield; February 23rd, 2014 at 12:22 AM.

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    Re: How to remove file?

    Buenadriver; Well !

    A surprise, It is not due to a PPA, unless the source is in the main control file.
    show us the out put of:
    Code:
    cat -n /etc/apt/sources.list
    and still of interest is // dpkg -l | grep "xserver-common*" //.

    Then will see what course of action is best.

    just try'n to help
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    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: How to remove file?

    Code:
    dale@dale-System-Product-Name:~$ cat -n /etc/apt/sources.list
         1	# deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release i386 (20130820.1)]/ precise main restricted
         2	
         3	# See http://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes for how to upgrade to
         4	# newer versions of the distribution.
         5	deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy main restricted
         6	deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy main restricted
         7	
         8	## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
         9	## distribution.
        10	deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy-updates main restricted
        11	deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy-updates main restricted
        12	
        13	## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
        14	## team. Also, please note that software in universe WILL NOT receive any
        15	## review or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
        16	deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy universe
        17	deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy universe
        18	deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy-updates universe
        19	deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy-updates universe
        20	
        21	## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu 
        22	## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to 
        23	## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in 
        24	## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
        25	## security team.
        26	deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy multiverse
        27	deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy multiverse
        28	deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy-updates multiverse
        29	deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy-updates multiverse
        30	
        31	## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
        32	## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
        33	## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
        34	## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
        35	## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
        36	deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
        37	deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ saucy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
        38	
        39	deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu saucy-security main restricted
        40	deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu saucy-security main restricted
        41	deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu saucy-security universe
        42	deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu saucy-security universe
        43	deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu saucy-security multiverse
        44	deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu saucy-security multiverse
        45	
        46	## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
        47	## 'partner' repository.
        48	## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
        49	## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
        50	# deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner
        51	# deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner
        52	
        53	## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party
        54	## developers who want to ship their latest software.
        55	deb http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu saucy main
        56	deb-src http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu saucy main
    dale@dale-System-Product-Name:~$

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    Re: How to remove file?

    Buenadriver;
    Well, nothing I see out of the ordinary in /etc/apt/sources.list either.
    Back to the why !
    show us:
    Code:
    dpkg -l | grep "xserver-common*"
    and will consider a way to replace it with the correct version.

    where there is a will there is a way
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    Re: How to remove file?

    Code:
    dale@dale-System-Product-Name:~$ dpkg -l | grep "xserver-common*"
    ii  xserver-common                            2:1.14.5-1ubuntu2~saucy1                all          common files used by various X servers
    rH  xserver-common-lts-raring                 2:1.13.3-0ubuntu6~precise3              all          common files used by various X servers
    dale@dale-System-Product-Name:~$

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    Re: How to remove file?

    Buenadriver. OK !

    The version is installed and can not co-exist with that older version.
    Let's try an easier method to rid ourselves of that old version. I propose that you use the tool "synaptic" to effect that removal:
    "synaptic" is no longer installed by default, so let's see if we can install it .
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install synaptic
    else. we will do it from terminal.

    many paths to one end
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    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: How to remove file?

    Now it's understandable as to what happened.
    Somehow that package wasn't correctly identified and removed during the upgrade.
    But that upgrade technique isn't one of the more normal ways to do an upgrade, so problems like that are probably more common, but less reported.

    That said, I wonder if bodhi.zazen's method of fixing very broken packages would work in this case.
    A quick breakdown would be this
    Code:
    cd /var/lib/dpkg/info
    sudo rm xserver-common-lts-raring.*
    sudo dpkg --remove --force-remove-reinstreq xserver-common-lts-raring
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