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Old 02-20-2007, 03:45 PM   #1
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Unable to find repository "Software Properties"


Unable to find repository software properties


I recently installed Ubuntu 6.10. I have updated and I am trying to understand and use the Synaptic Package Manager for installing firestarter.

My text book “Beginning Ubuntu---” instructs me to select system > administration > package manager > password > settings > repository and then the instructions say to select the settings button and the “software Properties” window will come up but “Software Sources” comes up and there is no settings button to click.

I believe I saw this window, when I first updated Ubuntu after installation but I have not seen it since.

So: I can get as far as package manager, settings, but clicking repository brings up the “Software Sources window instead of the Software Properties window.

I can search for firestarter, which comes up in the left side of the package manager and when selected the message on the right says “No package selected”

I am not able to find any universe in package manager.

In another forum “Adding the Universe and Multiverse Repositories” the instructions are the same as in my textbook: Navigate to "System" > "Administration" > "Software Properties". You will have to enter your password here."

But as above on my system, there is no “Software Properties” which I might select.

Have I updated erroneously or should I have done this before updating or why it is my install of Ubuntu 6.10 different.

Thank you.
 
Old 02-20-2007, 04:12 PM   #2
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http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu_E....28Synaptic.29

http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu_Edgy
 
Old 02-20-2007, 04:36 PM   #3
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pljvaldez:
Thank you. I appreciate your response.

Below is what the link you sugested says:

But I have no installation media tab after clicking repositories, only the "Software Sources" window.

What am I doing wrong?

"1. Settings -> Repositories
2. In the Installation Media tab, click Add. There are three separate repositories; Dapper Drake, Security Updates and Updates. Select each repository and check Officially supported, Restricted copyright, Community maintained (Universe) and Non-free (Multiverse). Ensure you click OK between each repository to save your changes
3. You should now see those three repositories under Channels. Make sure Officially supported, Restricted copyright, Community maintained (Universe) and Non-free (Multiverse) appears under each repository."
 
Old 02-20-2007, 04:49 PM   #4
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I don't use Ubuntu, but maybe the software sources is what you're looking for. It may have changed names between upgrades.

You can always edit the actual text file by hand if you want
Code:
sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list sources.list.orig
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Then remove the "#" symbol in front of the lines for Universe, Multiverse, etc... Then save and exit. The first line makes a backup copy of your original. After that, open synaptic and click "Update".
 
Old 02-22-2007, 06:10 AM   #5
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pljvaldez

Thank you.

I followed your directions and got this error. I thought I removed all #s from any line that had universe or multiverse. I wasn't sure if the etc meant anything else.

E: Type 'Major' is not known on line 5 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list
E: The list of sources could not be read.
Go to the repository dialog to correct the problem.



I must not have done it correctly since there is no "Update" to click. Clicking "Reload"
> "Could not download all repository indexes."

"The repository might be no longer available or could not be contacted because of network problems. If available an older version of the failed index will be used. Otherwise the repository will be ignored. Check your network connection and the correct writing of the repository address in the preference."


Should I remove 6.10 and reinstall an earlier distro such as Dapper Drake or Dan?
 
Old 02-22-2007, 11:19 AM   #6
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No, don't remove it. But can you post the contents of the file /etc/apt/sources.list here and I'll mark it up for you?
 
Old 02-23-2007, 04:36 AM   #7
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Is it significant that I could not find this by searching? I found it with the sudo command.

What is the difference between 1 or 2 hash marks for uncommenting?

Thank you.

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy main restricted
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy main restricted

Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
## distribution.
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-updates main restricted
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-updates main restricted

Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'universe'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## universe WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security
## team.
# deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy universe
# deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy universe

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'backports'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-backports main restricted universe multiverse

deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security main restricted
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security universe
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security universe
 
Old 02-23-2007, 11:25 AM   #8
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It looks like you just removed #'s from lines you shouldn't have. Just copy all of the below into your /etc/apt/sources.list file and it should work now. After that, you'll have to update the database (I think that's the "Reload" button in Synaptic that you were talking about).

Just for reference, the "#" symbol means "this is a comment, ignore it" in most config files. You just needed to remove the # from in front of the lines starting with "deb" or "deb-src". Sorry, I should have been more explicit in my directions...
Code:
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy main restricted
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy main restricted

## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
## distribution.
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-updates main restricted
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-updates main restricted

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'universe'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## universe WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security
## team.
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy universe multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy universe multiverse

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'backports'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-backports main restricted universe multiverse

deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security main restricted
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security universe
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security universe

Last edited by pljvaldez; 02-23-2007 at 11:31 AM.
 
Old 02-24-2007, 07:25 AM   #9
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pljvaldez

I really do appreciate your hand holding. My textbook “Beginning Ubuntu Linux” has a CD version 5.10 Breezy Badger and if you get tired of this I can start over using this CD for installation but if you are game and think we can do this I would like to do so. We seem to be heading to duty above and beyond.

I am trying to learn how to install software specifically – firestarter.

Here is my most recent stopping point.
Add Remove > “Failed to check for installed and available applications.
This is a major failure of your software management system. Check the file permissions and correctness of the file '/etc/apt/sources.list' and reload the software information: 'sudo apt-get update'.”

So this is my final list copy below but I still get this error:

“E: Malformed line 2 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/edgy-universe.list (dist parse)
E: The list of sources could not be read.
Go to the repository dialog to correct the problem.”

So is something wrong with line 2?


deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy main restricted
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy main restricted

## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
## distribution.
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-updates main restricted
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-updates main restricted

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'universe'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## universe WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security
## team.
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy universe multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy universe multiverse

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'backports'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-backports main restricted universe multiverse

deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security main restricted
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security main restricted
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security universe
deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security universe



I don't think you need to even look at these but these are the errors I got before
repetitively pasting the file you sent me and trying to proceed.

1st error said I had duplicated all files in the list.

2nd error as below”

Could not download all repository indexes

The repository might be no longer available or could not be contacted because of network problems. If available an older version of the failed index will be used. Otherwise the repository will be ignored. Check your network connection and the correct writing of the repository address in the preferences.

http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/di.../Packages.bz2: Sub-process bzip2 returned an error code (2)

3rd error (this could be repeat of 1st error but I thought 1st error had a page worth of files, however I didn't copy it.

“W: Duplicate sources.list entry http://us.archive.ubuntu.com edgy/universe Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_edgy_universe_binary-i386_Packages)
W: Duplicate sources.list entry http://security.ubuntu.com edgy-security/universe Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_edgy-security_universe_binary-i386_Packages)

Final result was 17065 packages listed, 1024 installed 0 broken, 0 to install/upgrade, 0 to remove”

This 4th error occurred sometime after reloading.

E: Malformed line 2 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/edgy-universe.list (dist parse)
E: Unable to lock the list directory.

5th error E: Malformed line 2 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/edgyA-universe.list (dist parse)
E: The list of sources could not be read.

6th error when trying to install firestarter “Failed to check for installed and available applications.”
 
Old 02-24-2007, 06:40 PM   #10
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It's interesting that it appears to be looking at a file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/edgy-universe.list. I don't use Ubuntu (I use pure Debian) so that's a little weird to me.

Maybe you can try looking through the directory /etc/apt for the different sources.list files. Now I'm not sure which one Ubuntu is using... You can try doing the sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/edgy-universe.list and take a look at line 2. Maybe post all the lists you can find in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ directory... This shouldn't be too hard to fix once we find the problem. After all, they're just text files...

You can also try installing software from the command line. Try sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install firestarter
 
Old 02-25-2007, 05:22 AM   #11
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Thank you.

gg@ggLinux:~$ /etc/apt/sources.list.d/edgy-universe.list
bash: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/edgy-universe.list: Permission denied
gg@ggLinux:~$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/edgy-universe.list
gg@ggLinux:~$ /etc/apt
bash: /etc/apt: is a directory
gg@ggLinux:~$ dir
Desktop listForForumpljvaldez.odt sources.list.orig
Errors2_24.odt my2 sourceslist.orig
Examples MyDownloads universerepos.odt
firestarterhelpcopy.odt pljvaldez2Errors.odt
gg@ggLinux:~$


sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/edgy-universe.list >
# automatically added by gnome-app-install on 2007-02-20 16:16:28.080619
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-updates universe

gg@ggLinux:~$ sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install firestarter
Password:
E: Malformed line 2 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/edgy-universe.list (dist parse)
E: Malformed line 2 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/edgy-universe.list (dist parse)
E: The list of sources could not be read.
gg@ggLinux:~$
 
Old 02-26-2007, 05:30 AM   #12
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The list file says I am not owner and cannot change permissions. Could this be involved?
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:34 AM   #13
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No, you're not the owner, "root" is the owner (he's the super user -- the sudo command tells linux to run the command as root, that's how you're getting around it). I think the first line should have something at the end like your other sources.list file. Maybe it should read
Code:
# automatically added by gnome-app-install on 2007-02-20 16:16:28.080619
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy universe
deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu edgy-security universe
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ edgy-updates universe
Sorry, I'm guessing a bit here because I've never seen the sources.list file split up like this into multiple smaller files. I guess it's something Ubuntu does that Debian doesn't...

Last edited by pljvaldez; 02-26-2007 at 11:36 AM.
 
Old 02-26-2007, 12:56 PM   #14
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I can't promise validity- I've never tried Edgy or Debian, but you can take a look here-

In Dapper, select the "Applications->Add/Remove..." menu.

When the GUI opens, check "Show unsupported apps" & "Show commercial apps"

When the repos are finished loading, Firestarter will be under "Internet".
Check its box and click "Apply".

"Software Properties" is in the "System->Administration" menu, but has nothing to do with Firestarter, only system components of Ubuntu.

To configure Firestarter, once downloaded and installed, open the "Applications->Internet" menu and click "Firestarter".
One final note- The Firestarter GUI does not load on startup, and doesn't need to. But the configuration table always will.

Hope this helps.

Bill
 
Old 02-26-2007, 03:12 PM   #15
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Thank you.

If I were to install the Breezy Badger 5.10 (which gives me the advantage of having a textbook) would it be upgraded to the 6.10 with the same problems I have now or could I run the 5.10 for some time and then upgrade when I know more.

Any reason not to do this?
 
  


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