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    help with installation

    I've had Edubuntu for a while now, and any time I try and install something, either from the Add/Remove Programs or the Internet, I can't. When I try and install something from the Add/Remove programs, nothing happens. When I try and install something from the internet, it goes to the package installer, and then a message pops up telling me that synaptic or one of the other package managing programs is running, and I have to close it before I can install. I don't have any other programs like that running, so what do I do?

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    Re: help with installation

    Dumb question here, but I'm notorious for such: have you closed Add/Remove totally after using it?

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    Re: help with installation

    Can you add from Synaptic or the Terminal or both?
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    Re: help with installation

    Quote Originally Posted by runandjump View Post
    I don't have any other programs like that running, so what do I do?
    You can check which processes are running with:
    Code:
    ps -u username
    ps -u root

    For instance, the Add/Remove app is listed as "gnome-app-insta" under my username, and Synaptic is listed as "synaptic" when searched for with the 'root' variation above.

    Added: Should you find any listed under the root command, you can kill the process with:
    Code:
    sudo killall appname_or_process
    For those found with your username, you don't need to add the "sudo". Interestingly, the identified processes are sometimes truncated, so gnome-app-insta is actually killed by the command:
    Code:
    killall gnome-app-install
    Last edited by drs305; June 8th, 2008 at 02:28 AM. Reason: Added ps and killall info

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    Re: help with installation

    haha. Yes, I've closed Add/Remove Programs. when I try and install something with the package manager I don't have anything open but firefox and rhythmbox

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