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Old 11-08-2009, 10:36 AM   #1
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GRRR Linux giving me issues


to preface this. I am new the Linux (as of last night) always been a Windows user and this is a project machine that I Thought that I would learn linux on. Also I have done a search for this, and none of the other threads are very helpful as their situations are often different enough that they aren't any help.

Last night I tried to install Adobe Flash player from Adobe's website. It appears from my research that I may have not made the best move there and I should have done it a different way, but I did not know about the package manager at the time.

I may be off of the terminology that is commonly used, but I will give it my best shot.

Destro (version I am using i think): Ubuntu 9.10 the Karmic Koala

-Actions Tried:

I have tried to run the "package manager" and I always get this message.

"E: The package adobe-flashplugin needs to be reinstalled, but
I can't find an archive for it.
E: Internal error opening cache (1). Please report."


I don't have a clue that this means.

I have also tried some cmd's that people have suggested in the terminal and that doesn't seem to get me anywhere I don't really know which ones are the correct ones to run.

PLEASE HELP!!
 
Old 11-08-2009, 10:42 AM   #2
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What is the name of the package you tried to install?
In a terminal, type
Code:
sudo dpkg --purge --force-all adobe-flashplugin
sudo install adobe-flashplugin
if adobe-flashplugin was te package you tried to install

Last edited by repo; 11-08-2009 at 10:45 AM.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 10:49 AM   #3
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Quote:
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What is the name of the package you tried to install?
In a terminal, type
Code:
sudo dpkg --purge --force-all adobe-flashplugin
sudo install adobe-flashplugin
if adobe-flashplugin was te package you tried to install
When I try to do that I get this:

Code:
christopher@christopher-desktop:~$ dpkg --purge --force-all adobe-flashplugin sudpkg: operation requires read/write access to dpkg status area
christopher@christopher-desktop:~$ sudo install adobe-flashplugin
[sudo] password for christopher: 
install: missing destination file operand after `adobe-flashplugin'
Try `install --help' for more information.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 10:50 AM   #4
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To cover what I think might be the overall implied desired result:

Code:
sudo dpkg --purge --force-all adobe-flashplugin
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
This will give you everything you probably want as far as media and browsing goes
 
Old 11-08-2009, 10:51 AM   #5
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you need to use sudo for the both commands.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 10:55 AM   #6
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you need to use sudo for the both commands.
DuH! Missed that one.

here is the result of typing it correctly.

[code]christopher@christopher-desktop:~$ sudo dpkg --purge --force-all adobe-flashplugin
dpkg: warning: overriding problem because --force enabled:
Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
reinstall it before attempting a removal.
(Reading database ... 117702 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing adobe-flashplugin ...
update-alternatives: error: no alternatives for iceape-flashplugin.
update-alternatives: error: no alternatives for iceape-flashplugin.
dpkg: error processing adobe-flashplugin (--purge):
subprocess installed pre-removal script returned error exit status 2
postinst called with argument `abort-remove'
dpkg: error while cleaning up:
subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
adobe-flashplugin
christopher@christopher-desktop:~$ sudo install adobe-flashplugin
install: missing destination file operand after `adobe-flashplugin'
Try `install --help' for more information.
christopher@christopher-desktop:~$ sudo install adobe-flashplugin
install: missing destination file operand after `adobe-flashplugin'
Try `install --help' for more information.
christopher@christopher-desktop:~$ [code]
 
Old 11-08-2009, 10:58 AM   #7
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Quote:
christopher@christopher-desktop:~$ sudo install adobe-flashplugin
try
Code:
sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin
sudo dpkg --purge --force-all adobe-flashplugin
 
Old 11-08-2009, 11:00 AM   #8
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Here are the results

Code:
christopher@christopher-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: The package adobe-flashplugin needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it.
christopher@christopher-desktop:~$ sudo dpkg --purge --force-all adobe-flashplugin
dpkg: warning: overriding problem because --force enabled:
 Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
 reinstall it before attempting a removal.
(Reading database ... 117702 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing adobe-flashplugin ...
update-alternatives: error: no alternatives for iceape-flashplugin.
update-alternatives: error: no alternatives for iceape-flashplugin.
dpkg: error processing adobe-flashplugin (--purge):
 subprocess installed pre-removal script returned error exit status 2
postinst called with argument `abort-remove'
dpkg: error while cleaning up:
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
 adobe-flashplugin
christopher@christopher-desktop:~$
 
Old 11-08-2009, 11:03 AM   #9
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Do you still have the debfile you downloaded?
Code:
sudo dpkg -i file_you_downloaded.deb
What was the filename you downloaded?

Last edited by repo; 11-08-2009 at 11:05 AM.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 11:06 AM   #10
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Do you still have the debfile you downloaded?
sudo dpkg -i file_you_downloaded.deb
ok now we are getting into terms that I don't follow, I aologize for my "newbieness".

What is a debfile? is that the file i DL for Adobe or for Ubuntu its self ?
 
Old 11-08-2009, 11:08 AM   #11
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What is the name of the file you tried to install, before the problems occured?
 
Old 11-08-2009, 11:10 AM   #12
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http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

That is the link and I DL. the version for Ubuntu and the File called ".tar.gz" In that order.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 11:12 AM   #13
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if there is a way to reinstall linux and just start from scratch I would be fine with that. There is nothing on this machine.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 11:15 AM   #14
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Please give the correct names of the files.
 
Old 11-08-2009, 11:16 AM   #15
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Also I just tried to install Audacity (just curious if anything would work) and it would not work. get the same message about Adobe.
 
  


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