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Old 12-13-2009, 03:43 PM   #1
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Debian won't install .DEBs


Hi again, friends!

I'm using Debian 503 Lenny, Gnome.
My machine, She-Beast, is a 2001 Compaq Presorry-o, 1100GHz Celery.

With every, that is, E V E R Y, attempt to install any .deb, it fails.
When I 2x click on the .deb icon, or when I r-click -->Open with archive manager,
I get a dialog window:
"Could not open "(filename).deb". Archive type not supported."

If I use root terminal, dpkg -i, similar responses come up.
 
Old 12-13-2009, 03:50 PM   #2
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Quote:
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If I use root terminal, dpkg -i, similar responses come up.
Can you please post the exact command you type and the exact error message?

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Old 12-13-2009, 03:58 PM   #3
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Hi Lorax,

Dude, don't tell me that your She-Beast is still not rocking like it should You've got some weird things happening on your side. Like evo2 said, post the results that you get when trying to install a package.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:03 PM   #4
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For example:

Quote:
LORAXNETWORK:~/Desktop# dpkg -i install_flash_player_10_linux.deb
dpkg: error processing install_flash_player_10_linux.deb (--install):
cannot access archive: No such file or directory
Errors were encountered while processing:
install_flash_player_10_linux.deb

Thanks evo. Hey Eric!
 
Old 12-13-2009, 04:06 PM   #5
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Are you in the directory where the package is when executing that command? Looks like you downloaded the package for example in directory Downloads and you're trying to execute the command from, for example your home directory.

If the package is in the Downloads directory then cd into that directory and then execute the dpkg command or :
Code:
dpkg -i /full/path/tofilename.deb
Kind regards,

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Old 12-13-2009, 04:12 PM   #6
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The .deb is on the Desktop. Do I still need the full path, if my prompt is in the Desktop directory?
 
Old 12-13-2009, 04:13 PM   #7
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If the deb is on your Desktop and you open a terminal then you are in your home directory. Try:
Code:
cd Desktop
dpkg -i yourpackagename.deb
in a terminal.

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Old 12-13-2009, 04:16 PM   #8
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Btw Eric,
I am having a few problems here. Eventually I will have a novel, with chapters:

I still can't access other partitions,
I can't play any media files

and other amazing stories...
 
Old 12-13-2009, 04:17 PM   #9
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Never hurts to use 'pwd' to find out where you are, or to use 'ls' to make sure the file is there.
 
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:18 PM   #10
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Well, you know where to find me and how to reach me, but I'll be a bit more 'unavailable' the coming weeks as you know. Anyway it's always a good idea to post all problems here too, so other users can have a go at solving it too. I'm sure there are some pretty good witchhunters hanging around here that can lift the curses that are bestowed upon your She-Beast.

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Old 12-13-2009, 04:20 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by worm5252 View Post
Never hurts to use 'pwd' to find out where you are, or to use 'ls' to make sure the file is there.
And don't forget the miracle of <TAB> completion :-)

Evo2.
 
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:20 PM   #12
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About the 'other partitions' issue, you're referring to the ntfs partition, right? Did you unmount it and remount specifying filesystem type as ntfs-3g?

Kind regards,

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Old 12-13-2009, 04:21 PM   #13
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Yea,
I have tried, from home,
dpkg -i filename.deb


and, from LORAXNETWORK:~/Desktop# (as above),
dpkg -i filename.deb
 
Old 12-13-2009, 04:22 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Lorax View Post
I can't play any media files...
For that, see this:

http://debian-multimedia.org/

Follow the instructions on there, then you can browse through Synaptic and grab what you need.
 
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:23 PM   #15
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Also Lorax, please post the output of
Code:
df -h
to make sure that 'full' filesystem isn't causing your problem.

Kind regards,

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