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I am having a dependency problem dpkg installing webmin 1.510 (deb) package on Ubuntu 10.04.

I do not know where to look to find info about what dependencies are needed.

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Please do remember that using Webmin on Ubuntu is not recommended or supported (and the webmin package was removed from the official Debian/Ubuntu repositories because of several quality issues with it). – JanC Aug 20 '10 at 8:17
@Jan: Point taken. In the case of this question it was a matter of not following proper installation procedure. As the project continues to be updated I hope the past issues of concern will be mitigated. The latest version is doing wonders on my Ubuntu install. – John K Aug 20 '10 at 14:04
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The answer for dependencies is actually listed here:

If Debian complains about missing dependencies, you can install them with the command :

apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl

If you are installing on Ubuntu and the apt-get command reports that some of the packages cannot be found, edit /etc/apt/sources.list and make sure the lines ending with universe are not commented out.

I followed the instructions and uncommented "universe" lines in /etc/apt/sources.list which were indeed commented out as the instructions suggested (the file contains more info if you read it). Note: Only two universe lines were commented out in my file but others were not. I made sure all universe lines were uncommented in the entire file and then saved it.

After following the above instructions dpkg still failed to install webmin, with same message, then I used the following apt-get force command with no package name. It pushed everything through that didn't go through prior, including the webmin:

sudo apt-get -f install

Success! :)

Note: I found this only minutes after posting the question.
Turns out I was looking for Ubuntu help on the web site menu, but needed to choose Debian help since I'm using the Debian installer.

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I would delete the question. or edit it to be more generic so it is more helpful: Troubleshooting dependencies? – myusuf3 Aug 12 '10 at 23:22
@gc: Added more info to the title, but the nature of the question is very generic. Others that stumble upon this same issue will find relevant info here considering the questions & answers combined. Deleting a question robs users from benefiting from it in the future! – John K Aug 12 '10 at 23:40
I would leave the question, other users may find it useful. Just try to make everything as generic as possible so it benefits most users. – Li Lo Aug 12 '10 at 23:52

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