Cannot download or install Gimp

Asked by Ken Jackson on 2010-06-29

I have installed and am running Ubuntu 10.04 and find that using either the software center or the terminal, I cannot download Gimp for this computer. I am running the Ubuntu 64 bit version on a Toshiba Satellite A355S 64 bit laptop. Under 9,10 everything was fine. but upon upgrading I cannot use gimp and I have used it for years and prefer it to any and all editors.. Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

Here is what I get when I use the Terminal

[sudo] password for raiatean:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package gimp is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
E: Package gimp has no installation candidate
raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$

Ken Jackson
CPO USN Ret.

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actionparsnip
Solved:
2010-06-30
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2010-06-30
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2010-06-29

Can you give the output of:

lsb_release -a

Thanks

Ken Jackson (maheanuu-tane) said : #2

Action Parsnip, here is the output you requested,

raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
Release: 10.04
Codename: lucid
raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$

Thank you for your answer, and I am going to try to find out what the LSB Modules are right now and install them ... Baby steps, I gotta remember "baby steps"!

Ken Jackson (maheanuu-tane) said : #3

I downloaded all the applicable (?) modules, all that it would allow me to download using Synaptic. Now when I try "sudo apt-get install gimp" I get this response from the terminal

raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install gimp
E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?
raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$

Ken Jackson (maheanuu-tane) said : #4

What I would like to know is, "Am I digging a deeper hole to have to climb out of?" I am a newbie, and that old addage "The older I am, the smarter I get!", doesn't necessarily apply (at least in my case).

Also, being on an island where I am the only Linux user isn't making things any easier for me either!

Make sure you do not have software centre running or that apt isn't doing anything in a terminal etc. If not then run:

sudo fuser -vki /var/lib/dpkg/lock;sudo dpkg --configure -a

Will fix it

Ken Jackson (maheanuu-tane) said : #6

Using the "Software Center", I get the following message when I try to download gimp "To show information about this item, the software catalog needs updating."

Now, being older than dirt and also being in the way, I have NO idea on how to update my software catalog, or anything else for that matter...

andy@D420:~$ apt-cache policy gimp
gimp:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 2.6.8-2ubuntu1.1
  Version table:
     2.6.8-2ubuntu1.1 0
        500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/main Packages

What do you get when you run the same command?

Ken Jackson (maheanuu-tane) said : #8

I did a copy and paste into the terminal, and then clicked enter and it blinked and nothing happened I went back to my control line

raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$ sudo fuser -vki /var/lib/dpkg/lock;sudo dpkg --configure -a
raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$

I then tried another apt-get and here again is the results

raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install gimp
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package gimp is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
E: Package gimp has no installation candidate

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/linuxfreedomlucid; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install gimp

Should do it

Ken Jackson (maheanuu-tane) said : #10

Ok, we're still not there but the progress has been impressive if not entirely understandable <grin>

Here's all the "stuffs" you have managed to accomplish with the past 3 commands..

raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/linuxfreedomlucid
[sudo] password for raiatean:
Executing: gpg --ignore-time-conflict --no-options --no-default-keyring --secret-keyring /etc/apt/secring.gpg --trustdb-name /etc/apt/trustdb.gpg --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 3E756CF119B127D4DA40A186B725097B3ACC3965
gpg: requesting key 3ACC3965 from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com
gpg: key 3ACC3965: public key "Launchpad lffl" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg: imported: 1 (RSA: 1)
raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get update
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid Release.gpg
Ign http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates Release.gpg
Ign http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid Release
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates Release
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/restricted Packages
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/restricted Sources
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/universe Packages
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/universe Sources
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/multiverse Packages
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid/multiverse Sources
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/restricted Packages
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/restricted Sources
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/universe Packages
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/universe Sources
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/multiverse Packages
Hit http://pf.archive.ubuntu.com lucid-updates/multiverse Sources
Get:1 http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security Release.gpg [189B]
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-security/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-security/universe Translation-en_US
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-security/multiverse Translation-en_US
Get:2 http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security Release [38.5kB]
Get:3 http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/restricted Packages [14B]
Get:4 http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/restricted Sources [14B]
Get:5 http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/universe Packages [18.3kB]
Get:6 http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/universe Sources [2,813B]
Get:7 http://ppa.launchpad.net lucid Release.gpg [307B]
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net/ferramroberto/linuxfreedomlucid/ubuntu/ lucid/main Translation-en_US
Get:8 http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/multiverse Packages [1,541B]
Get:9 http://security.ubuntu.com lucid-security/multiverse Sources [580B]
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net lucid Release.gpg
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net/pmcenery/ppa/ubuntu/ lucid/main Translation-en_US
Get:10 http://ppa.launchpad.net lucid Release [57.3kB]
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net lucid Release
Get:11 http://ppa.launchpad.net lucid/main Packages [39.4kB]
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net lucid/main Packages
Fetched 159kB in 13s (12.0kB/s)
Reading package lists... Done
raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install gimp
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
  gimp: Depends: libbabl-0.0-0 but it is not installable
        Depends: libgegl-0.0-0 but it is not installable
E: Broken packages
raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$

I would like you know that I truly appreciate the help, but when we get thru this, would you point me in a direction where I can learn more of what I am doing.. I am like a child learning to speak.. I see the words but do not know what all they mean, nor am I able to phrase what I am looking for or trying to understand.. Not sure if this makes too much sense, but if not it isn't for my not trying...

Ken Jackson (maheanuu-tane) said : #11

actionparsnip, I have to leave for awhile as I have a nephew who needs to have his Windoze repaired and I am doing for him what you are doing for me..... I am trying to wean the whole island off of Windoze... Not making headway, but not having to bail out the ocean either... Again it is a thing where we need puters to install Linux on and then to play with and learn with. I have 5 machines with various distrib's running for people to play with and learn... Going is slow, but it is put one foot in front of the other, and I have a nephew in France at present who is working on his Masters Degree in Computer Science and he is TADAAA!!!! a Linux Junkie.... You don't know how very proud that makes me....

More when I get back, and thanks! I appreciate your kindness and your help

ok then run:

sudo apt-get -f install

If that doesn't work then download the deb for your architecture from here:
http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/libbabl-0.0-0
http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/libgegl-0.0-0

You will need both.

Ken Jackson (maheanuu-tane) said : #13

Ok, now I am really over my head. I did that sudo apt-get -f install and it didn't work

raiatean@maheanuu-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get -f install
[sudo] password for raiatean:
Sorry, try again.
[sudo] password for raiatean:
E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

But the next 2 steps are beyond me, I go to the address and it tells me that I have to use synaptic package mgr to download these files or packages, and I am not finding them in the lists.... I realize that this may be elementary to most, but here over the end of the world it is life or death for me... I need someone to hold my hand and walk me thru what I am trying to accomplish. On my island there is no-one who knows anything about linux or ubuntu

Ken Jackson (maheanuu-tane) said : #14

Ok, after wringing my hands, gnashing my toofies, and swearing at the whole world... I decided to find out why I wasn't getting anywhere and found out if I read down the page on the 2 packages that I could download and install them without using Synaptic.

Now, everything is working beautifully, and I am totally stoked!! I have my Gimp back and I am off to shoot the Dance (from Hawaii) tonight.

ActionParsnip, Thank you so very much, I will be posting photos on my site tonight and tomorrow, feel free to go there and download anything you might like as a Thank you. Choose any photo or photos that you like and use them with my permission and thanks. I couldn't have done it without you... Now I want to learn what I did and why.... I am also going to download and install Hugin the Pano Stitching Tool in the next couple of days.... I see that there are dependencies there that haven't been installed yet either.. I will be doing some digging and probably will be back here for more of your generousity.

my photo site is http://mah.smugmug.com/other/anoceanapart/

The newest photos are at the very end and the oldest are at the beginning.....

Thank you again for your help!

Ken Jackson (maheanuu-tane) said : #15

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.

Ken Jackson (maheanuu-tane) said : #16

Actually, there was a huge amount of stuff needed to solve the problem and without actionparsnip's help I would still be in the dark, looking for answers.. If you follow the dialog, you will see just how much was needed to get Gimp up and running.

Yeah seems weird, Funnily enough Gimp was removed from the default install (probably to make room for other apps on the CD) but can be installed, looks like its a real pain.

Glad you got the gold duder. Gimp is sweet and I wish more folks would use it instead of the usual wine + photoshop combo. FOSS for all!!

Peace