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Old 07-07-2016, 02:36 PM   #1
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Can't install Google Chrome browser


I'm running Xubuntu 16.04LTS on a 64bit computer. I've installed the Chrome browser before but have forgotten how. There's nothing in my Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic (which is how I think I installed it before). I downloaded the install file from Chrome but that doesn't install.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.
 
Old 07-07-2016, 04:10 PM   #2
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Avoid going outside of the repos. You may end up with a program that won't update as expected. In this case you may have to go outside if you insist on using Chrome.


When you downloaded the file did you let it run or ask it to run in package manager.
 
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Old 07-07-2016, 05:09 PM   #3
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There's nothing in my Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic (which is how I think I installed it before).
Hi Gregg...

No, as Ubuntu (Canonical) doesn't keep a copy in its repositories. This is possibly due to redistribution restrictions.

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I downloaded the install file from Chrome but that doesn't install.
What is the name of the file and does it have ".deb" at the end of it? How are you trying to install it and what error messages do you receive, if any?

Regards...
 
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:11 PM   #4
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Avoid going outside of the repos. You may end up with a program that won't update as expected. In this case you may have to go outside if you insist on using Chrome.


When you downloaded the file did you let it run or ask it to run in package manager.
Thanks jefro.

See the screenshot. When I tried to open the file via that 'Software Install' (there were no other options in the drop-down) it gave me a window with a download horizontal bar but it started the bar but then in a second or two stopped.

I then saved the file but it was the same difference trying to run it then.

You know, the only reason I wanted Chrome is because there were some things I couldn't do on Firefox. Like I had to do this email signature once and I couldn't do it on Firefox but was able to do it on Chrome.

I've been reading about Chromium though and I think that may be the way to go.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:22 PM   #5
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Hi Gregg...

No, as Ubuntu (Canonical) doesn't keep a copy in its repositories. This is possibly due to redistribution restrictions.



What is the name of the file and does it have ".deb" at the end of it? How are you trying to install it and what error messages do you receive, if any?

Regards...
Hi Ardvark. See the screenshot for the file name. I guess I could've downloaded the Gdebi installer, huh, and run it that way? But now I'm thinking Chromium may be the way to go. From what I've read they're really similar. I checked out the difference between them and one guy said they were 99.9% the same; and of course Chrome is the dreaded Google and Chromium is open source.

From this link https://askubuntu.com/questions/6253...are-the-advant I found what's in the second screenshot. Think it would be worthwhile getting those three things? And if so, how do I get them? Thanks.
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:24 PM   #6
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See this first.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/04/u...-install-error


This is old before I looked up problem.......
You can try using command line. Navigate to the file in it's location(usually Download folder.)

Something like this may work.

sudo dpkg -i FileName.deb

replacing FileName with the name of the file.

Finally, run this:

sudo apt-get install -f

This "fixes" everything - it resolves all dependencies etc.

However you may be able to run snap or even apt to install it.
 
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Old 07-07-2016, 08:36 PM   #7
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See this first.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/04/u...-install-error


This is old before I looked up problem.......
You can try using command line. Navigate to the file in it's location(usually Download folder.)

Something like this may work.

sudo dpkg -i FileName.deb

replacing FileName with the name of the file.

Finally, run this:

sudo apt-get install -f

This "fixes" everything - it resolves all dependencies etc.

However you may be able to run snap or even apt to install it.
Wow. Thanks for the link. I guess the fix is taking longer than a "few days" though. Jefro, what do you think of Chromium, though (as opposed to Chrome)? I'm seriously considering that before I get Chrome.
 
Old 07-07-2016, 10:05 PM   #8
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I guess I could've downloaded the Gdebi installer, huh, and run it that way?
Yes, but I thought gdebi was installed by default. Please take a look in Synaptic and see if it is and if not, install it. From the image you uploaded, when you click to install Chrome and that window comes up, you can also click on the arrow next to "Software Install" and see if gdebi is listed as an option.

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But now I'm thinking Chromium may be the way to go. From what I've read they're really similar. I checked out the difference between them and one guy said they were 99.9% the same; and of course Chrome is the dreaded Google and Chromium is open source.
That certainly is an option. Chromium is essentially the same browser but without some or all of the codecs that come with Chrome. However, I can't guarantee Chromium can/will display everything that Chrome can, even with the codecs mentioned in the thread (you linked to) below.

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From this link https://askubuntu.com/questions/6253...are-the-advant I found what's in the second screenshot. Think it would be worthwhile getting those three things? And if so, how do I get them?
Yes, definitely worthwhile. You might already have them but you can use Synaptic to install them if you don't.

Let us know how it goes...

Regards...

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Old 07-08-2016, 02:38 PM   #9
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Yes, but I thought gdebi was installed by default. Please take a look in Synaptic and see if it is and if not, install it. From the image you uploaded, when you click to install Chrome and that window comes up, you can also click on the arrow next to "Software Install" and see if gdebi is listed as an option.
Thanks Ardvark. I don't know how I missed this but on the dropdown on the "Software Install" it gave the option of choosing to install with the Ubuntu Software Center so I got it there. (see screenshot)

So that's cool. I think I'll pass on Chromium now. I use Firefox all the time. It's only when something doesn't work there do I go to Chrome.

Now with Chrome, the updates (I'm thinking about keeping it secure) come automatically, right?

Thanks.





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Old 07-08-2016, 06:17 PM   #10
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Now with Chrome, the updates (I'm thinking about keeping it secure) come automatically, right?
They should, yes. You can check the "Other Software" tab in the Synaptic repositories list or "Software & Updates" to confirm Google's entry.

However, you might want to refresh that list to make sure Google's entry gets a hit. If not, you can disable it and update it manually by installing a fresh copy of Chrome from their site.

Regards...
 
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Old 07-08-2016, 10:59 PM   #11
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They should, yes. You can check the "Other Software" tab in the Synaptic repositories list or "Software & Updates" to confirm Google's entry.

However, you might want to refresh that list to make sure Google's entry gets a hit. If not, you can disable it and update it manually by installing a fresh copy of Chrome from their site.

Regards...
Thanks ardvark. Chrome is there and it's checked. How do you re-fresh the list? The only time I've done that is when it gives me a window saying it needs to be updated. I'm thinking it's fine. So, is that how the "Other Software" tab works? Third party repository software goes in there and if it's checked, it gets updates? Then how do things get in there and not get checked?
 
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Thanks ardvark.
Your welcome

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Chrome is there and it's checked.
Rockin' sauce!

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How do you re-fresh the list?
When you bring up Synaptic, click on "Edit" in the upper left hand corner and then "Reload Package Information." When that window comes up, click on the arrow that says "Show Individual Files." A way to do this using the terminal is to enter the following command...

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sudo apt-get update
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I'm thinking it's fine.
That depends on Google.

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So, is that how the "Other Software" tab works? Third party repository software goes in there and if it's checked, it gets updates?
If it comes with an update feature, then typically yes. However, sometimes repositories can be shut down for various reasons, including when a piece if software is no longer supported.

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Then how do things get in there and not get checked?
I'm not sure. I know that source code entries aren't normally checked.

Regards...

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Chromium wouldn't run well for some stuff here and back when I was having problems with installing Chrome as well, installing Chromium first and then:
Code:
sudo dpkg -i FileName.deb
worked but with errors and, again, updating(\security if needed) issues. Now running Sid more, Chrome from there website is running and updating fine.

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Old 07-09-2016, 03:39 PM   #14
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Your welcome



Rockin' sauce!



When you bring up Synaptic, click on "Edit" in the upper left hand corner and then "Reload Package Information." When that window comes up, click on the arrow that says "Show Individual Files." A way to do this using the terminal is to enter the following command...

Code:
sudo apt-get update
Disclaimer: Be careful with commands including "su" or "sudo" especially, as it will essentially allow root access to your system. Mistakes could possibly damage or even destroy your OS.



That depends on Google.



If it comes with an update feature, then typically yes. However, sometimes repositories can be shut down for various reasons, including when a piece if software is no longer supported.



I'm not sure. I know that source code entries aren't normally checked.

Regards...
Thanks for all the great info, Ardvark. I'm pretty comfortable with this stuff now.
 
Old 07-09-2016, 03:42 PM   #15
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Chromium wouldn't run well for some stuff here and back when I was having problems with installing Chrome as well, installing Chromium first and then:
Code:
sudo dpkg -i FileName.deb
worked but with errors and, again, updating(\security if needed) issues. Now running Sid more, Chrome from there website is running and updating fine.
Thanks Jamison. Appreciate it.
 
  


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