Originally Posted by william_goat
i need help with this:
~$ sudo apt-get install gpa seahorse
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package gpa
~$ sudo gpg --keyserver hkp://pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 94558F59
[sudo] password for j:
gpg: WARNING: unsafe ownership on configuration file `/home/**/.gnupg/gpg.conf'
gpg: external program calls are disabled due to unsafe options file permissions
gpg: keyserver communications error: general error
gpg: keyserver receive failed: general error
Sorry you're having difficulties, and feel that the Linux experience is very bad.
We'll try to work with you towards a solution.
Sounds like you're trying to install Seahorse. Is this correct?
Can you respond telling us which Linux distribution and release you are running? If you don't know, we can likely offer some commands or other information to help you determine that information. This will help with people giving you correct answers.
Regarding apt-get, I see that you are using sudo, and this is good because it is the correct way. Sudo is a way to give a normal user, super-user, or admin, level privileges in order to do something like a software install.
Another possible suggestion is if you happen to be running a graphical desktop, many of the distributions have software package manager interfaces which you can run from the desktop. And then within those they'll allow you to search for things like "seahorse" and check check it off and install it. The best of those interfaces will also pop up stuff like "By installing this you need other stuff, which has been highlighted and selected ... Agree? Y/N". Again, we'd need to know your distribution in order to provide a better recommendation.
Things to remember:
- Using apt-get you need to be on the Internet because the package installer will look to the network for the files it needs to download
- A good first step is to run "sudo apt-get update" before doing anything. What this does is update what's called the "repository" which is the list of sites the installer goes to in order to download latest files.
- Two potential issues are:
- What version of your distribution you are running. If you happen to be running something very old, say you inherited a system or were given a system, or merely downloaded a very old version of Linux, this will make things more difficult, so that's why it's helpful to know what distribution and version you are running
- Whether or not apt-get is the correct package manager. Apt-get really full name is "Aptitute" is ONE package manager. Different Linux distributions use different package managers, some of them use multiple ones. You may have read instructions on the web telling you to take these actions and they may be poorly fitted for your case. It does however appear that Aptitude is on your system, otherwise you'd have encountered a different type of error.