[Bug 693751] [NEW] Impossible to type in passwords or update software packages in KUbuntu 10.10 fresh install

Aswarp 693751 at bugs.launchpad.net
Thu Dec 23 11:45:29 UTC 2010

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: kpackagekit

I will describe my sympthoms:
Fresh install of KUbuntu 10.10.
I log in and get connected to a WiFi connection. I run the rekonq new embedded web browser and it offers details about some packages to be installed (flash player, etcetera). I try to install those and I am asked for authentication. I choose my username and try to type in a password but nothing happens. Apparently, password pop-up dialogs have some trouble in this new release, because nothing gets written. So I can not authenticate and install the packages.
So I try Firefox web browser instead, but it does not come preinstalled. I have to install it and I am asked again for password confirmation, and again it won't work.
So I try tu update my package list and web browsers from the terminal. I try apt-get, aptitude and synaptic, but none of them will work. I enter /var/lib/dpkg and sudo rename the archive 'lock' into 'lock_old' and try to run apt-get again, but to no avail.
I try kdesudo kpackagekit and it says that I need to update my software source (as I if didn't know by now...), but when I try, a message appears telling that the package cache could not be opened.
And that is it. I hope that you can help me. The patch in https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/kpackagekit/+bug/578605 does not help me clarify the problem or its solution because I do not understand what it is or how to use it, and I think that the average user wouldn't either.

** Affects: kpackagekit (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

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