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    Ubuntu Software Centre repairs package catalogue but deletes Skype

    I have a new computer which has the amd64 version of Ubuntu 12.04.3 installed. (Also has unity and unity2d removed and gnome-shell installed - I use Gnome Classic.)

    Attempts to install FreeWRL led to dependencies getting tangled (details in another thread).
    Finally apt-get says
    "E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages."

    Running Ubuntu Software Centre leads to a message something like


    So I said yes.

    However the Update Manager decided to remove more than I wanted (see attachment).
    It removed Skype as well and I cannot reinstall it:

    Code:
    $ sudo  gdebi skype-ubuntu-precise_4.2.0.13-1_i386.deb 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree        
    Reading state information... Done
    Building data structures... Done 
    Building data structures... Done 
    This package is uninstallable
    Cannot install 'libqtgui4:i386'
    I can't install Wine either for similar reasons.

    Is there any way of restoring my missing :i386 packages without reinstalling Ubuntu yet again?
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    Last edited by desconocido; February 18th, 2014 at 03:28 AM. Reason: title improved
    I have a Toshiba Satellite C50D laptop with 3.4 GB of RAM and (AMD E1-1200 APU @ 1.4 GHz with Radeon HD Graphics) x 2 processor; Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), Kernel Linux 3.8.0-36-generic. (older posts refer to 8.04 or 9.10 on other hardware).

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    Re: Ubuntu Software Centre repairs package catalogue but deletes Skype

    You seem to be plagued with problems. You just fixed skype a week ago.

    From what I make of your post you have installed the gnome-shell ppa and run gnome-classic.

    Maybe you need to try a different install method.

    You could do a standard install and add gnome-classic to it.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-panel
    That command would add the classic desktop without using the ppa. I would also suggest using metacity (no-effects), compiz can be problematic.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Pr...eClassicTweaks

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    Re: Ubuntu Software Centre repairs package catalogue but deletes Skype

    Do you think maybe following the advice that was posted in your other thread on installing skype from the partner repos instead jumping through the same hoops with a package that keeps causing problems might be a better solution at this point?
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    Re: Ubuntu Software Centre repairs package catalogue but deletes Skype

    Your use 64bit ?
    Try
    Code:
    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 && sudo apt-get update

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    Re: Ubuntu Software Centre repairs package catalogue but deletes Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    You seem to be plagued with problems. You just fixed skype a week ago.
    Yes, but I fixed it by re-installing Ubuntu!

    You could do a standard install and add gnome-classic to it.

    sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

    That command would add the classic desktop without using the ppa. I would also suggest using metacity (no-effects), compiz can be problematic.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Pr...eClassicTweaks
    Yes, although I have now got on top of the desktop problems. Do you think the ppa might be causing my dependency problems? The link is excellent, I wish I had found it a month ago.
    I have a Toshiba Satellite C50D laptop with 3.4 GB of RAM and (AMD E1-1200 APU @ 1.4 GHz with Radeon HD Graphics) x 2 processor; Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), Kernel Linux 3.8.0-36-generic. (older posts refer to 8.04 or 9.10 on other hardware).

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    Re: Ubuntu Software Centre repairs package catalogue but deletes Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    Do you think maybe following the advice that was posted in your other thread on installing skype from the partner repos instead jumping through the same hoops with a package that keeps causing problems might be a better solution at this point?
    Thanks, could you point me to exactly where that advice was (I have more than one thread about 12.04 problems).
    I have a Toshiba Satellite C50D laptop with 3.4 GB of RAM and (AMD E1-1200 APU @ 1.4 GHz with Radeon HD Graphics) x 2 processor; Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), Kernel Linux 3.8.0-36-generic. (older posts refer to 8.04 or 9.10 on other hardware).

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    Re: Ubuntu Software Centre repairs package catalogue but deletes Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    Do you think maybe following the advice that was posted in your other thread on installing skype from the partner repos instead jumping through the same hoops with a package that keeps causing problems might be a better solution at this point?
    Ah, maybe that was the bit in the thread where you say
    Skype is in the Partners repo. Instead of trying to reinstall those i386 libs I would just try to install Skype with synaptic. In Precise you should install ia32 for 32 bit program in 64 bit platform.
    I found the bit in Update Manager settings where you can turn "Canonical Partners" on (see attachment).
    Now:
    Code:
     sudo  apt-get update
    ...
    $ sudo apt-get install skype
    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.
     skype : Depends: skype-bin
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
    I found some useful info on askubuntu.com:

    http://askubuntu.com/questions/7498/...-install-skype
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/28472...-04-lts-64-bit

    However, it looks like I'm going to have to re-install Ubuntu again, but probably not until the weekend.
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    Re: Ubuntu Software Centre repairs package catalogue but deletes Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by desconocido View Post
    Ah, maybe that was the bit in the thread where you say
    Skype is in the Partners repo. Instead of trying to reinstall those i386 libs I would just try to install Skype with synaptic. In Precise you should install ia32 for 32 bit program in 64 bit platform.
    That wasn't me, but yes.

    This might give a good reason to use the one in the repos,
    from here
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Skype
    It is highly recommended to use the package provided in the Canonical partner repository, not the one distributed from the skype website, as the skype website currently points users to the wrong package for 64-bit systems of Ubuntu 11.10 and above
    Last edited by deadflowr; February 21st, 2014 at 01:21 AM. Reason: added info
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    Re: Ubuntu Software Centre repairs package catalogue but deletes Skype

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    From what I make of your post you have installed the gnome-shell ppa and run gnome-classic.

    Maybe you need to try a different install method.

    You could do a standard install and add gnome-classic to it.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-panel
    That command would add the classic desktop without using the ppa. I would also suggest using metacity (no-effects), compiz can be problematic.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Pr...eClassicTweaks
    Yes, but when I try that on a freshly installed 12.04.3, I get:

    Code:
    $ sudo apt-get install gnome-panel
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Package gnome-panel is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    
    E: Package 'gnome-panel' has no installation candidate
    Am I missing something here?
    I have a Toshiba Satellite C50D laptop with 3.4 GB of RAM and (AMD E1-1200 APU @ 1.4 GHz with Radeon HD Graphics) x 2 processor; Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), Kernel Linux 3.8.0-36-generic. (older posts refer to 8.04 or 9.10 on other hardware).

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    Re: Ubuntu Software Centre repairs package catalogue but deletes Skype

    Should of worked.

    Try

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

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