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Old 24. May 2010, 01:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Firestarter Will Not Install

After installing Ubuntu 10 and getting my wireless Internet connection up and running I thought I would install a firewall.

Firestarter is already listed under the get software in the software centre.

However, when I attempt to install I get a dialogue box that states:

Previous Installation has not Been Completed; it then goes on to say '...you have to repair this before you can install or remove any further software.'

My question is simply, how do I repair this problem?

NB As I am a relative Ubuntu newbie please don't assume I know my way around this OS!!

Thanks in advance.
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Old 24. May 2010, 01:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is this the first thing you have tried to install?
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Old 24. May 2010, 02:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If not mistaken, Ubuntu only allows one installation at a time and not concurrently with other installation. It will prompt an error if otherwise.

If anything goes wrong with the installation, you can try to go to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager, search for the incomplete or installed package, right-click on that item and choose "Mark for Reinstallation" then click Apply. (Or mark for complete removal then reinstall it).

Hope this helps.
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Old 24. May 2010, 03:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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When I attempt to run the Synaptic Package Manager, I get the following message:

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.

E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

No idea how to do this!
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Old 24. May 2010, 05:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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When I attempt to run the Synaptic Package Manager, I get the following message:

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
1. Go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal, to bring up the Terminal
2. Enter sudo dpkg --configure -a into Terminal to configure all unpacked but unconfigured packages.
3. If prompted for password, enter the password you used when installing Ubuntu.

Then check again if you can run Synaptic Package Manager.
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Old 24. May 2010, 06:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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This is what i got from the Terminal:

torres@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg -configure -a

[sudo] password for torres:

dpkg: unknown option -o

Type dpkg --help for help about installing and deinstalling packages[*];

Use `dselect' or `aptitude' for user-friendly package management;

Type dpkg -Dhelp for a list of dpkg debug flag values;

Type dpkg --force-help for a list of forcing options;

Type dpkg-deb --help for help about manipulating *.deb files;

Type dpkg --license|--licence for copyright licence and lack of warranty (GNU GPL)[*].

Options marked[*] produce a lot of output - pipe it through `less' or `more' !

torres@ubuntu:~$ ^C


I tried to run Synaptic PM again but it just showed me the same message as in one of my previous posts.

Fingers crossed someone can help me!
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You might consider asking on the Ubuntu forums. They are usually very patient and helpful over there. I found many answers to my various Ubuntu problems there.

http://ubuntuforums.org/
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You might consider asking on the Ubuntu forums. They are usually very patient and helpful over there. I found many answers to my various Ubuntu problems there.

http://ubuntuforums.org/
Thanks for the suggestion Ritho, I have posted over at ubuntu forums and will post back here later, if I get any joy from the replies!
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This is what i got from the Terminal:

torres@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg -configure -a

[sudo] password for torres:

dpkg: unknown option -o
You will get that reply from Terminal as you've not entered exactly the command. It's a double "--" instead of one "-" in front of configure.

Tips: To reduce mistakes in typing and save time, you can:
1. Highlight and copy the command, then in the Terminal, press Ctrl-Shift-V to paste it over. OR
2. Right-click Terminal and select "Always on Top", then highlight and drag the command, drop it inside the Terminal (if you're using a browser which supports drag-and-drop such as Chrome 5.)

p.s. Good morning here and have a nice cup of tea.
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I remember the delights of all this stuff when I first switched to Ubuntu. In another month or so when our landline is installed at the new house I'll be repeating the experience. Stick with it - the benefits are well worth it
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