Beginner Q2: Installing software

Chris G cl at
Thu Jan 14 17:06:04 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 04:27:35PM +0000, Chris Jones wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > Did synaptic suggest that you run: "sudo apt-get install -f"?  Try
> > this anyway, it may clear up your problems.
> I would not recommend the force option (-f) just yet without knowing what is wrong.
The -f option with no package is a way to get apt-get to try and clear
up any missing dependencies etc.  It doesn't mean force, it means fix.
There isn't a short form for --force-yes.

> Try just
>   sudo apt-get install <package>
> at the command line (replace <package> with the name of whatever you wish to install). Assuming this fails, report back the *full* error message.
> Chris
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