gdebi dependencies cache broken

Asked by Daniel Brumbaugh-Keeney on 2008-12-03

It seems gdebi is working with a broken package cache. I've been running Ubuntu for 2+ years without difficulty, but for unknown reasons, gdebi stopped working. It always reports "unable to resolve dependency", with the dependency already having been installed. Synaptic surprisingly seems to work fine.

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Please be sure your system is fully updated/upgraded with no pending packages.

Open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal and type:
(when the system ask you a password give your user password, you will not see nothing when you type it, then press enter)

sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get -f install
sudo apt-get --fix-missing install
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get --purge remove gdebi
sudo aptitude install gdebi

Hope this helps

My mistake, apparently it was not a problem of the package cache at all. Rather, gdebi was reporting 'dependency not satisfiable' meaning I didn't have a new enough version, not that I didn't have the package at all. I haven't upgraded to Intrepid Ibex, and was trying install packages designed for it. I wish gdebi would have been explicit that it was a version issue. Sorry for your trouble.