Originally Posted by jailbait
The command line is a program where you type in commands instead of clicking on icons with a mouse. You get to the command line by clicking on a desktop icon or a menu entry. I don't know exactly what Ubuntu calls the command line program. It may be "terminal", "konsole", "gnome terminal", or something similar.
In Ubunto you use sudo to get root access so the command will be:
sudo dpkg --configure -a
was out of the office yesterday today i found the terminal entrance and inputted the command but received the following answer dpkg: requested operation requires superuser privilege
i tried typing in my password but to no avail. i typed in the command with sudo and it worked now i have the following prompts
-E|--skip-same-version Skip packages whose same version is installed.
-G|--refuse-downgrade Skip packages with earlier version than installed.
-B|--auto-deconfigure Install even if it would break some other package.
[--no-]triggers Skip or force consequential trigger processing.
--no-debsig Do not try to verify package signatures.
Just say what we would do - don't do it.
-D|--debug=<octal> Enable debugging (see -Dhelp or --debug=help).
--status-fd <n> Send status change updates to file descriptor <n>.
--log=<filename> Log status changes and actions to <filename>.
Ignore dependencies involving <package>.
--force-... Override problems (see --force-help).
Stop when problems encountered.
--abort-after <n> Abort after encountering <n> errors.
Comparison operators for --compare-versions are:
lt le eq ne ge gt (treat empty version as earlier than any version);
lt-nl le-nl ge-nl gt-nl (treat empty version as later than any version);
< << <= = >= >> > (only for compatibility with control file syntax).
Use `dselect' or `aptitude' for user-friendly package management.