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Old 11-08-2009, 07:57 AM   #1
Eddy Stone
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Unhappy Synaptic crash trying to download adobe flash player


Moved to linux as I was assured it was "uncrashable" but I seem to have managed it after only 2 days. Running ubuntu 9.10 and trying to download adobe flash player. I get an error message :-
E: The package adobe-flashplugin needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it.
E:Internal error opening cache (1). Please report.

Every time I close this window synaptic package manager also closes. When I try to download flash player directly from the adobe web page, synaptic refuses to cooperate. I am now stuck as I can't delete this or download anything else.Computer janitor won,t delete it either.
Help please.


Also when I go applications>ubuntu software centre, everything I try to download comes up with Not available in this critical data.

I can see this is going to be a very steep learning curve.

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Old 11-08-2009, 11:20 AM   #2
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yea, I am having the exact same situation with this. Any and all advice would be great!!
 
Old 11-08-2009, 11:42 AM   #3
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In a terminal, type
Code:
sudo dpkg --purge --force-all adobe-flashplugin
sudo install adobe-flashplugin
if adobe-flashplugin was te package you tried to install

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Old 11-08-2009, 12:14 PM   #4
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I tired that and got "dpkg: database area is locked by another process"
I'm brand new to Ubuntu (loaded it two days ago), but I've been running Puppy Linux for a few months, so I'm not totally unfamiliar. From posts I've read, there have problems like this since 2007. Surprised someone hasn't figured it out by now. Not sure if it's an Ubuntu problem, Adobe's, or Mozilla's. And since all I'm trying to do is watch Youtube, I wonder if Youtube, or even Google, get thrown into the mix for good measure.
Oh well,welcome to the wonderful world of linux. if at first you don't succeed, hammer it with everything you can get your hands on!

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Old 11-08-2009, 12:17 PM   #5
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I tired that and got "dpkg: database area is locked by another process"
you need to close synaptic, before using the CLI
 
Old 11-08-2009, 12:24 PM   #6
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adobe is just mud, right?

Just read another post saying:
"run 'sudo apt-get install flashplayer-nonfree', so I did and got:
"E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/)
Is another process using it?"
So I'm jammed up somewhere. I think I need to give my computer a laxative.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 12:26 PM   #7
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Did you closed synaptic?
Look if there is an auto update icon in your taskbar, and close it.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 12:36 PM   #8
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That threw me for a second-"you need to close synaptic, before using the CLI", but thanks to Google I found that CLI= Command line Interface =Applications>Accesories>Terminal, which equals that black box screen you type stuff in and hope the whole thing doesn't crash in flames.Anyhow.
When you say to close synaptic, as far as I can tell it's not open, inasmuch as it's not able to do anyhting. i don't input into the CLI while the synaptic window is open.
And by the way, whoever made it possible to copy and paste to the CLI, thank you, thank you, thank you!
 
Old 11-08-2009, 01:42 PM   #9
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close synaptic/auto update

Synaptic is "closed",I assume, when I don't see it open as a window. so if that's true, then yes, synaptic is closed.
As far as disabling auto up date, I'm not aware of where it's located. I don't see anything in the tool bar, like an icon. I'm running 9.1, downloaded a few days ago.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 01:46 PM   #10
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What is the output from
Code:
ps ax | grep apt
 
Old 11-08-2009, 01:48 PM   #11
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no adobe for me, methinks

I think what I really need is a generous dose of beginner's luck!
 
Old 11-08-2009, 01:51 PM   #12
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" ps ax | grep apt"
Gets me:
"2081 pts/0 R+ 0:00 grep --color=auto apt"
Seems like just color info.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 01:59 PM   #13
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There is still an instance from Synaptic, Adept, Update Manager, Aptitude, or DSelect running
type pstree to see if you find one of these programs.

type
Code:
sudo killall aptitude && killall apt-get
sudo killall dpkg && killall frontend
and try again
 
Old 11-08-2009, 02:07 PM   #14
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Did that. It came up blank, more or less.
"aptitude: no process found"
 
Old 11-08-2009, 02:26 PM   #15
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try
Code:
sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/lock
and then try again
Code:
sudo dpkg --purge --force-all adobe-flashplugin
sudo install adobe-flashplugin
 
  


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