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October 30, 2006 5:28 PM   Subscribe

Anyone got any idea why these items are greyed out when I run update manager after updating Ubuntu 6.06 dapper to 6.10 Edgy?

Extra info: Previously running a regularly updated install of Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper installed from a live cd, had also used Automatix 2 to add a couple of apps, fonts and codecs through that, nothing major tho.

Update to 6.10 Edgy had a couple of glitches (problems detecting hardware) but is running ok for the moment. I did have to remove Automatix 2 and install the version intended fo Edgy, but I'm wondering if these greyed out items mean my sources list has been screwed up somewhere along the way?

Bonus question: Anyone who can tell me how to stop utorrent flickering in wine wins 2 internets.
posted by chrissyboy to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
Perhaps you don't have the restricted repositories enabled anymore. Check them in the Software Sources utility.

mplayer is in the multiverse, so you'd need at least that source enabled.

I'm new to this Ubuntu thing too.
posted by Science! at 5:40 PM on October 30, 2006

Just disabled / re-enabled them to be sure - nothin :(
posted by chrissyboy at 6:14 PM on October 30, 2006

You might try the forums over at They don't look very active, but the staff would know best.
posted by Science! at 6:35 PM on October 30, 2006

It's a dependency issue - The following fixed it for me without touching my apt sources:

$ sudo apt-get install mplayer

[displayed some jibber-jabber with libggi2/libgii1 dependencies]

$ sudo apt-get -f install
$ sudo apt-get install mplayer
posted by azlondon at 7:02 PM on October 30, 2006

Okay, so the problem is with the packages themselves. In most cases, there are dependency problems that need user action taken, that apt-get can't deal with automatically. Upgrading from Dapper to Edgy, I have a few of these as well. If doing another 'apt-get dist-upgrade' does not get these packages to upgrade, start individually doing 'apt-get install packagename'. This will be from the command line, so it should be in the form:

sudo apt-get install packagename

It will then print out some information about a dependency problem. Most likely, there will be a package or two that need to be removed for the package to be installed properly. It should automatically remove them at this point, and then continue to install the package. If it does not, just remove the packages it mentioned. It will look something like this:
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  foomatic-filters-ppds hplip-ppds
And to remove the packages, you would do:

sudo apt-get remove packagename

Just note, you won't have to do an install on every package that is being held back as some of them will be dependencies of other packages being held back. Just start working your way through, and you'll be all set.
posted by chrisroberts at 7:03 PM on October 30, 2006

Awesomeness, that seems to have done the trick. Thanks for the input everyone :)
posted by chrissyboy at 7:22 PM on October 30, 2006

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