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Old 10-30-2013, 09:44 PM   #31
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i ran the following in terminal
sudo apt-get update
not sure if it was a root terminal
 
Old 10-30-2013, 09:54 PM   #32
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Superuser is root and sudo stands for "super user do"

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su
as a command will keep you logged in as root so you could really fubar stuff

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Old 10-30-2013, 10:26 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by graybeard19 View Post
i ran the following in terminal
sudo apt-get update
not sure if it was a root terminal
A root terminal would have text like this at the beginning.
Code:
root@machinesname:/home/username#
The big clues are the root at the beginning and the # at the end. If it was a normal user terminal it would be something like
Code:
username@machinename:~$
also if it was in a normal user terminal you would get a message like this
Code:
E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (13: Permission denied)
E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/
E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13: Permission denied)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?
and it wouldn't work. So if it worked you should be able to open your package manager (I personally prefer Synaptic) and it should show you a lot of packages that are available.
 
Old 10-31-2013, 11:19 AM   #34
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HOORAY, got it fixed by myself...actually it was a pretty simple problem I guess. sure had me stumped for what now, 3 days or more? What it was, when i went into software mgr, there you see the screen with the different categories, at the top I went to VIEW, the check was NOT ON THE VIEW AVAILABLE PACKAGES...once I did that, it went back to being able to view the things in ea category I can download if wanted..
THANK YOU ALL SO VERY VERY VERY MUCH FOR BEING SO HELPFUL, PATIENT AND KIND WITH ME during this whole problem thing. I am pretty lucky I guess, my father in law works as a volunteer at our town library branch, in the USED BOOK SALES room.....giggle, giggle, giggle...now I can go there and buy for 50cents one of umpteen LINUX FOR DUMMIES books and other LINUX how to books, if they are hardbound I gotta pay a whole $2 ewwwwwww dont know if I can afford that. WEll, thanks again, I do appreciate it. gonna stick with the Mint13 cinnamon Maya and leave it stock....
 
  


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