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Old 06-14-2008, 08:48 AM   #1
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Can not use a package manager form the GUI

When I try to start Synaptic, or Update Manager, from the GUI, I get a message in the task bar saying "Starting Administrative Application" for a few seconds then It disappears, and nothing else happens. It launches fine from a terminal window. I am using Ubuntu 8.04. This problem just started recently, a couple of weeks ago. It did not start when I upgraded from 7.10. It worked fine in 8.04 for quite a while.
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It seems that file has been glitched. One lazy-man's way out might be to remove and re-install Synaptic using apt in the terminal.

How about Adept?

I know it seems Windows-like, but on occasion, it is necessary to re-install a Linux system to fix a problem. (It's an imperfect world....)
Old 06-14-2008, 10:59 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by klepow View Post
When I try to start Synaptic, or Update Manager, from the GUI, I get a message in the task bar saying "Starting Administrative Application" for a few seconds then It disappears, and nothing else happens.
The task bar message does disappear after a few seconds, even if the application is still starting up. It might help to open a terminal and run top, and press “u” then enter your username (to filter out everyone else's programs), and see if the process is still running.

If you can start it from the command-line but not from the icon, then the icon must be doing something different. Try this: Right-click on the “System” menu, and click on “Edit Menus”. Find the Synaptic Package Manager icon, and right-click on it and select properties. This will open the launcher dialog for the Synaptic icon. Make sure that the “Command” in the dialog is the same as the program you are running from the command-line.

Either way, I would try running it from the command-line, with exactly the same command as the icon, and top running in another terminal, and see what happens. Hopefully, we can get an error message out of it.

Klepow suggests re-installing. If you are going to go that far, then I would start by deleting the .gnome and .gnome2 directories from your home directory, and logging in again; that will reset your menus (and many other settings) to the defaults, and is a lot less disruptive than a complete reinstall.

Hope that's of some help,

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Old 06-15-2008, 10:57 AM   #4
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Talking about your problems

I had tried re-installation a while ago and it did not work. Although rjlee's idea is great and would probably work. But apparently just talking about the problem helps too. ;P I tried one last time about 15 minutes after posting, and it worked perfectly. I have rebooted a couple of times, and it still works fine. Well, at least, if it acts up again I new know what to try.


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