can't install deb files

Asked by Neil on 2017-04-20

Hi all
I just installed 17.04 but software centre wont in stall deb files any fix please.
thank you

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #2

Have you tried installing via command line, e.g. with the command

sudo dpkg --install directory/filename.deb

Neil (goofandfroggie) said : #3

Hi again
if I double click it will open software centre but if I click in install nothing happens..

I tried this command again open but nothing happens on clicking install. sudo dpkg --install


Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #4

What happened when you executed the command

sudo dpkg --install directory/filename.deb

(of course with directory/filename.deb replaced by the real file name and directory, if applicable, of your .deb file)?

Neil (goofandfroggie) said : #5

Hi Manfred
Yes I did that just opens software centre nothing more. I can use gdebi okay but not other to install the bug must be back this happen about 15.10 I think it was

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #6

Why should the command "sudo dpkg --install ..." open software center?
That is absurd.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #7

There is a known bug in gnome-software. Maybe you are hitting this one (although you always write about software center)

see Bug #1672424 and comment 8 for a workaround (use absolute paths) that might help.

Neil (goofandfroggie) said : #8

Yes opening software centre is strange.but
this is the command I put in

sudo dpkg --install ..'/home/goof/Desktop/ubuntu-tweak_0.8.7-1-getdeb2-xenial_all.deb'

open it.. it does

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #9

The filename ..'/home/goof/Desktop/ubuntu-tweak_0.8.7-1-getdeb2-xenial_all.deb' is weird.

sudo dpkg --install /home/goof/Desktop/ubuntu-tweak_0.8.7-1-getdeb2-xenial_all.deb
gnome-software --local-filename=/home/goof/Desktop/ubuntu-tweak_0.8.7-1-getdeb2-xenial_all.deb

There is even a completely different approach for ubuntu-tweak by adding a PPA to your list of repository sources:
Create a file in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory with the contents

deb trusty main

(Notes: trusty is the last release for which a version of ubuntu-tweak was published. Hence the codename trusty in that line instead of zesty. This approach will provide 0.8.8-1 instead of 0.8.7-1 like your download.)

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