[xubuntu-users] Synaptic doesn't work on a new 14.04 installation

Juan R. de Silva juan.r.d.silva at gmail.com
Fri Jul 18 00:36:15 UTC 2014

On Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:57:39 +0100, Chris Green wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 08:05:38PM +0000, Juan R. de Silva wrote:
>> On Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:13:10 +0100, Chris Green wrote:
>> > I have just installed xubuntu 14.04 on an IBM Thinkpad x201i.
>> > 
>> > I like to use synaptic for adding software so I installed that (from
>> > the command line using apt-get) but it doesn't work, there are
>> > various symptoms according to how you try to run it:-
>> > 
>> >     Run from the menus - asks for authentication in the normal manner
>> >     but nothing further happens, no GUI, nothing.
>> It is an exact picture of what happens if the password entered is
>> incorrect. E.g. if you make a typo entering your password you will get
>> "no GUI, nothing."  Make sure you did entered the correct password.
> Not on my systems!  If I enter the wrong password after starting
> Synaptic from the menu it 'shakes its head' by shaking the pop-up window
> and says "Your authentication attempt was unsuccessful. Please try
> again."  It's only on the new Thinkpad system where it just goes away
> and does nothing.  I'm sure I have the password right anyway, I've tried
> enough times and I'm not having problems at any other time entering the
> password.

Well, then the only thing that comes to my mind: purge it (don't simply 
remove but purge) and then try to re-install it again.

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