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Old 11-19-2017, 03:31 PM   #1
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"system problem" won't permit a successful upgrade...?!?

Being a long time user of Linux, I've really had no cause to dive into the nuts and bolts due to the reliability of it. Now it won't let me upgrade because of a "system problem". I found out what the problem is, but how to fix it is beyond me... would some kind soul interpret this message for me and maybe point me in the right direction? I will be forever grateful!!


E: Error: Marking the upgrade (E:Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks, this may be caused by held packages.)run-parts: /etc/update-motd.d/90-updates-available exited with return code 255
Old 11-19-2017, 06:48 PM   #2
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What distro are you using? it looks like an apt E:rror message. which implies debian/ubuntu/mint
if so try
sudo apt-get install --fix-broken
sudo apt-get update --fix-missing
. This may repair things allowing you to upgrade
Old 11-19-2017, 10:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info! Unfortunately, I get the same error for both commands:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1850 not upgraded.

sysinfo reports:
Ubuntu 14.04 (trusty)
3.8.4 (Ubuntu 2015-12-02)
3.13.0-95-lowlatency (#142-Ubuntu SMP PREEMPT Fri Aug 12 17:49:11 UTC 2016)

I originally installed ubuntu studio. I tried to upgrade off a pop-up message and
apparently it upgraded (some things) to Ubuntu before ending with error.

Last edited by Shepster; 11-20-2017 at 07:34 PM. Reason: clarify that the attempted upgrade was not completed.


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