Virtualbox installation failure and consequent failure of Synaptic Package Manager

Derek Broughton news at
Fri Sep 14 23:20:53 UTC 2007

Henry Gladney wrote:

> Operating system: Ubuntu 7.10 with all update patches until approx. 31st
> Aug 2007.
> An attempt to install VirtualBox from the download page, using "VirtualBox
> 1.5.0 for Linux Hosts: Ubuntu 7.04 ("Feisty Fawn")
> Please let me know how to:
> (1) Clean up all vestiges of VirtualBox, or at least enough to avoid its
> interfering with the Synaptic Package Manager and Update Manager.

# sudo aptitude purge virtualbox

if that doesn't work

# dpkg --force-all --purge virtualbox

> (2) How to accomplish a working installation of VirtualBox.  Presumably
> this would be after you believe the original problem repaired.
> This message is a copy of one already sent to the VirtualBox owners (

I could have sworn I installed VirtualBox (not necessarily that version)
previously from the Ubuntu repos, but I don't find it there now.

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