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Old 11-22-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
Toonses82
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Software Manager (mintinstall) quit working


I'm running Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon x64 and, for whatever reason, the Software Manager just stopped working. Clicking the icon in the Menu used to work, but no longer. Now, when I click it and enter the password, nothing happens.

When I enter the command manually in Terminal, it just goes back to prompt:
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username@HomeOffice-LinuxMint:~$ gksu mintinstall
username@HomeOffice-LinuxMint:~$
In debug mode, it looks like this, but still goes back to prompt:
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username@HomeOffice-LinuxMint:~$ gksu mintinstall -d
No ask_pass set, using default!
xauth: /tmp/libgksu-Sf0Oei/.Xauthority
STARTUP_ID: gksu/mintinstall/2826-0-HomeOffice-LinuxMint_TIME800809
cmd[0]: /usr/bin/sudo
cmd[1]: -H
cmd[2]: -S
cmd[3]: -p
cmd[4]: GNOME_SUDO_PASS
cmd[5]: -u
cmd[6]: root
cmd[7]: --
cmd[8]: mintinstall
buffer: -GNOME_SUDO_PASS-
brute force GNOME_SUDO_PASS ended...
Yeah, we're in...
xauth: /tmp/libgksu-Sf0Oei/.Xauthority
xauth_env: /home/username/.Xauthority
dir: /tmp/libgksu-Sf0Oei
When I enter "su" seperately from the "mintinstall" command, it works normally:
Code:
username@HomeOffice-LinuxMint:~$ su
Password: 
HomeOffice-LinuxMint username # mintinstall
add_categories took 20.486 ms
build_matched_packages took 0.161 ms
2756
add_packages took 3418.884 ms
add_reviews took 1144.638 ms
__init__ took 5221.818 ms
show_category took 120.985 ms
Killed
The gksu part always works. The password prompt always pops up, but mintinstall doesn't run. It only runs if the "su" command is issued seperately. Can anyone tell me why this stopped working from the Menu?
 
Old 11-26-2013, 02:42 AM   #2
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Hmmm... Have you tried reinstalling Software Manager?
Code:
sudo apt-get purge mintinstall
sudo apt-get install mintinstall
 
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:56 AM   #3
Toonses82
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SOLVED

Purging and reinstalling mintinstall didn't fix it, but it helped me figure out the problem. I noticed SUDO is not working either. The only way I could use apt is to become root using SU. This reminded me of a role change I had made for this user a while back. I don't remember why I did this, but I changed this user account to "Standard" some time ago. Changing it back to its default "Administrator" restored the user's ability to use SUDO and GKSU. Everything is working fine again.

Thanks for the help!

Last edited by Toonses82; 12-01-2013 at 01:58 AM. Reason: grammar
 
Old 12-01-2013, 12:32 PM   #4
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Yeah, that confused me, too, when I first started using Linux. The Linux terms for user accounts are a bit different from the Windows ones. "Standard User" in Linux is like the Guest account for Windows. "Administrator" in Linux is like the "Standard User" in Windows. And "Root" in Linux is like "Administrator" in Windows. So, in Linux, you should always be running an administrator account. Standard user accounts are not added to the "sudoers" group, which is why you had that problem.
 
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