Utilities apparently missing from Ubuntu15.10

Bret Busby bret.busby at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 20:35:21 UTC 2015

On 01/11/2015, Bret Busby <bret.busby at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 01/11/2015, Colin Law <clanlaw at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 31 October 2015 at 16:48, Bret Busby <bret.busby at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On 31/10/2015, Colin Law <clanlaw at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On 31 October 2015 at 12:12, Bret Busby <bret.busby at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> On 31/10/2015, Colin Law <clanlaw at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> On 31 October 2015 at 09:38, Bret Busby <bret.busby at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>>> ...
>>>>>>> Synaptic did not install using apt-get, due to unmet dependencies
>>>>>> That is a surprising bug which should be reported.  I don't suppose
>>>>>> you kept a record of the output.  Unfortunately to late to easily
>>>>>> repeat the exercise as you have now installed it anyway.
>>>>>> Colin
>>>>> Since it is said to be a bug that should be reported....
>>>>> Would some log file exist, that would have retained the output, that
>>>>> would allow me to retrieve the output, to forward on to the relevant
>>>>> people?
>>>> Probably, not sure exactly what though.  Can you tell us exactly the
>>>> command you entered (in the terminal if you press up arrow it shows
>>>> you previous commands so you may be able to get  back to it like
>>>> that).  Preferably copy/paste it from the terminal.  If you run it
>>>> again, what does it say?
>>>> Colin
>>> I had used "sudo apt-get install synaptic" , as suggested, but I doubt
>>> that I would now be able to reproduce the error output, given that the
>>> package is now successfully installed, using the Software Centre, as
>>> previously mentioned, and, I assume that the success of the
>>> installation of Synaptic, in using the Software Centre, will have
>>> eliminated the unmet dependencies problem.
>> Probably.  Worth trying again with apt-get just in case it shows anything
>> silly.
>> The logs for apt-get are in /var/log/apt/term.log but I think that
>> only shows the actual operations performed, not ones that did not get
>> as far as doing anything.
> "
> bret at bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE:~$ cat /var/log/apt/term.log
> bret at bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE:~$ ls /var/log/apt/term.log
> /var/log/apt/term.log
> bret at bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE:~$ ls -l /var/log/apt/term.log
> -rw-r----- 1 root adm 0 Nov  1 07:48 /var/log/apt/term.log
> bret at bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE:~$ sudo cat /var/log/apt/term.log
> sudo: unable to resolve host bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE
> [sudo] password for bret:
> bret at bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE:~$
> "
> Which, to me, shows the log file to be empty, which, I believe to be
> surprising, in the circumstances.
> So, ....
> "
> bret at bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE:~$ ls -l /var/log/apt/
> total 52
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root     0 Nov  1 07:48 history.log
> -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 29056 Nov  1 04:57 history.log.1.gz
> -rw-r----- 1 root adm      0 Nov  1 07:48 term.log
> -rw-r----- 1 root adm  17549 Nov  1 04:57 term.log.1.gz
> bret at bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE:~$
> "
> Unfortunate that the two files are zipped.
> However, in unzipping them, and, searching for synaptic, while it is
> mentioned in both files, the error messages are not included (perhaps,
> it would be good, for error message outputs, to be included in such
> files, for monitoring and processing such errors?).
> I found, at line 605, in the file term.log.1 , the apparent first
> reference to synaptic, but I lack the knowledge to be able to
> interpret the information so as to derive any useful meaning of the
> information.
> I have attached copies of the two .gz log files. I do not know whether
> they will be transmitted by the mailing list software.

I tried to post the relevant material, but the post was rejected by
the list administrator, so there it ends.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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