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I'm trying to do routine software upgrades but made the mistake a while back of installing acestream:i386, which broke a fair amount of stuff. When I run apt-get upgrade, I get the following:

E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f.

No files to download.
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 acestream:i386 : Depends: python2.7:i386 (>= 2.7.2) but it is not installed
                  Depends: python2.7-apsw:i386
                  Depends: python2.7-m2crypto:i386
                  Depends: python-appindicator:i386 (>= 0.4.1) but it is not installed
                  Depends: liba52-0.7.4:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libass4:i386 (>= 0.9.7) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libavcodec53:i386 (>= 4:0.7-1) but it is not installed or
                           libavcodec-extra-53:i386 (>= 4:0.7-1) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libavformat53:i386 (>= 4:0.7-1) but it is not installed or
                           libavformat-extra-53:i386 (>= 4:0.7-1) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libavutil51:i386 (>= 4:0.7-1) but it is not installed or
                           libavutil-extra-51:i386 (>= 4:0.7-1) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libcddb2:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libcdio10:i386 but it is not installable or
                           libcdio13:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libdc1394-22:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libdca0:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libdirac-encoder0:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libdvbpsi7:i386 (>= 0.2.0) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libdvdnav4:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libdvdread4:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libebml3:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libfaad2:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libfribidi0:i386 (>= 0.19.2) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libqt4-webkit:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libkate1:i386 (>= 0.3.0) but it is not installed
                  Depends: liblircclient0:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: liblua5.1-0:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libmatroska5:i386 but it is not installed or
                           libmatroska4:i386 but it is not installable
                  Depends: libmodplug1:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libmpcdec6:i386 (>= 1:0.1~r435) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libmpeg2-4:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libmtp9:i386 (>= 1.1.0) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libpostproc52:i386 (>= 4:0.7-1) but it is not installed or
                           libpostproc-extra-52:i386 (>= 4:0.7-1) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libschroedinger-1.0-0:i386 (>= 1.0.7) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libsmbclient:i386 (>= 3.0.24) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libswscale2:i386 (>= 4:0.7-1) but it is not installed or
                           libswscale-extra-2:i386 (>= 4:0.7-1) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libtar0:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libtwolame0:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libupnp6:i386 but it is not installable or
                           libupnp4:i386 but it is not installed or
                           libupnp3:i386 but it is not installed
                  Depends: libva-x11-1:i386 (> 1.0.12~) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libva1:i386 (> 1.0.12~) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libvcdinfo0:i386 (> 0.7.23) but it is not installed
                  Depends: libx264-116:i386 but it is not installable or
                           libx264-120:i386 but it is not installed or
                           libx264-123:i386 but it is not installable
                  Depends: ttf-freefont:i386 but it is not installable
 libudev0 : Breaks: libudev0:i386 (!= 175-0ubuntu9.4) but 175-0ubuntu13 is installed
 libudev0:i386 : Breaks: libudev0 (!= 175-0ubuntu13) but 175-0ubuntu9.4 is installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f.

If I run apt-get -f install it apparently wants to uninstall the bulk of the software on my system:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Correcting dependencies... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  xbmc-pvr-mythtv-cmyth libsdl-ttf2.0-0:i386 libgconf-2-4:i386 libatk1.0-0:i386
  libstdc++5:i386 libgail18:i386 libao-common libqt4-qt3support:i386
  libcupsimage2:i386 libjs-mochikit libnss3:i386 libcaca0:i386 gtk2-engines:i386
  xbmc-pvr-nextpvr par2 libcairo-gobject2:i386 libavc1394-0:i386 liblockdev1
  xbmc-pvr-vuplus libmicrohttpd5 linux-headers-3.2.0-48 libaio1:i386
  odbcinst1debian2:i386 libvlccore-dev libqt4-test:i386 libqt4-designer:i386
  libsdl-mixer1.2:i386 libtinyxml2.6.2 libcap2:i386 libproxy1:i386 ibus-gtk:i386
  libdbus-glib-1-2:i386 libtdb1:i386 libcec2 libspeex1:i386 xbmc-pvr-dvbviewer
  libibus-1.0-0:i386 libcairo2:i386 libjs-excanvas libshairport1 libcanberra0:i386
  gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 libwavpack1:i386 libqt4-opengl:i386
  libsoup-gnome2.4-1:i386 librsvg2-common:i386 libiec61883-0:i386
  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0:i386 libsdl-image1.2:i386 libpixman-1-0:i386 libsdl1.2debian:i386
  libxaw7:i386 libgdbm3:i386 libcurl3:i386 linux-headers-3.2.0-48-generic libesd0:i386
  libmikmod2:i386 xbmc-pvr-vdr-vnsi libxft2:i386 swig libpulse-mainloop-glib0:i386
  libaa1:i386 xbmc-pvr-argustv libao4 libao4:i386 liblzo2-2 libxmu6:i386
  libcanberra-gtk0:i386 esound-common libgail-common:i386 libraw1394-11:i386
  libnspr4:i386 libshout3:i386 libdv4:i386 libqtassistantclient4 gstreamer0.10-x:i386
  libxss1:i386 xbmc-pvr-tvheadend-hts libsdl-net1.2:i386 libjasper1:i386
  libgnome-keyring0:i386 libxtst6:i386 gtk2-engines-pixbuf:i386
  sabnzbdplus-theme-plush libtag1c2a:i386 librsvg2-2:i386 xbmc-pvr-njoy libmad0:i386
  libvlc-dev gtk2-engines-oxygen:i386 xaw3dg:i386 libpango1.0-0:i386 libpulsedsp:i386
  libqt3-mt xbmc-pvr-mediaportal-tvserver libxcb-render0:i386 libodbc1:i386
  libqt4-scripttools:i386 librtmp0:i386 swig2.0 libxp6:i386 libxcb-shm0:i386
  libxv1:i386 libnfs1 libgtk2.0-0:i386 libtidy-0.99-0 libshairplay0
  glib-networking:i386 libsoup2.4-1:i386 libtag1-vanilla:i386 libaudiofile1:i386
  libsmbclient:i386 libqt4-webkit:i386 libavutil51:i386 libpostproc52:i386
  libswscale2:i386 libupnp4:i386 libtalloc2:i386 libwbclient0:i386 liblua5.1-0:i386
  libva1:i386 libdc1394-22:i386 libva-x11-1:i386 libtar0:i386 libx264-120:i386
  libebml3:i386
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following extra packages will be installed:
  libavcodec53 libavformat53 libavutil51 libavutil51:i386 libdc1394-22:i386
  libebml3:i386 libgail-3-0 libgtk-3-0 libgtk-3-bin libgtk-3-common liblua5.1-0:i386
  libpostproc52 libpostproc52:i386 libpython3.2 libqt4-webkit:i386 libsmbclient
  libsmbclient:i386 libswscale2 libswscale2:i386 libtalloc2:i386 libtar0:i386
  libupnp4:i386 libva-x11-1:i386 libva1:i386 libwbclient0 libwbclient0:i386
  libx264-120:i386 python3 python3-minimal python3-uno python3.2 python3.2-minimal
Suggested packages:
  python3-doc python3-tk python3.2-doc binfmt-support
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  acestream:i386 activity-log-manager-control-center aisleriot apparmor apport
  apport-gtk apt-xapian-index aptdaemon apturl apturl-common bluez bluez-alsa
  bluez-alsa:i386 bluez-gstreamer checkbox checkbox-qt command-not-found compiz
  compiz-gnome compiz-plugins-main-default compizconfig-backend-gconf deja-dup
  duplicity eog evolution-data-server firefox firefox-globalmenu firefox-gnome-support
  flashplugin-installer foomatic-db-compressed-ppds gconf2 gdb gedit gir1.2-peas-1.0
  gir1.2-rb-3.0 gir1.2-totem-1.0 gir1.2-ubuntuoneui-3.0 gksu gnome-bluetooth
  gnome-control-center gnome-media gnome-menus gnome-orca gnome-sudoku gnome-terminal
  gnome-terminal-data gnome-user-share gstreamer0.10-gconf
  gstreamer0.10-plugins-good:i386 gvfs:i386 gwibber gwibber-service
  gwibber-service-facebook gwibber-service-identica gwibber-service-twitter hplip
  hplip-data hugin hugin-data hugin-tools ia32-libs ia32-libs-multiarch:i386 ibus
  ibus-pinyin ibus-table indicator-application indicator-datetime indicator-power
  jockey-common jockey-gtk landscape-client-ui-install language-selector-common
  language-selector-gnome launchpad-integration libappindicator1
  libcanberra-gtk-module libcanberra-gtk-module:i386 libcanberra-gtk3-module
  libcompizconfig0 libfolks-eds25 libgksu2-0 libgnome-media-profiles-3.0-0
  libgnome2-common libgudev-1.0-0:i386 libgweather-3-0 libgweather-common
  libgwibber-gtk2 libgwibber2 libindicator7 libmetacity-private0 libpeas-1.0-0
  libpurple-bin libpython2.7 libqt4-webkit libreoffice-gnome librhythmbox-core5
  libsyncdaemon-1.0-1 libtar0 libtotem0 libubuntuoneui-3.0-1 libudev0:i386
  light-themes lsb-release m64py metacity metacity-common nautilus-share
  netflix-desktop network-manager-gnome nvidia-common onboard oneconf
  openprinting-ppds pipelight pipelight-multi printer-driver-foo2zjs
  printer-driver-postscript-hp printer-driver-ptouch printer-driver-pxljr
  printer-driver-sag-gdi printer-driver-splix python python-appindicator python-apport
  python-apsw python-apt python-aptdaemon python-aptdaemon.gtk3widgets
  python-aptdaemon.pkcompat python-bluez python-brlapi python-cairo python-central
  python-chardet python-cheetah python-configglue python-configobj python-crypto
  python-cups python-cupshelpers python-dateutil python-dbus python-debian
  python-debtagshw python-defer python-dev python-dirspec python-egenix-mxdatetime
  python-egenix-mxtools python-feedparser python-gconf python-gdbm python-gi
  python-gi-cairo python-glade2 python-gnomekeyring python-gnupginterface
  python-gobject python-gobject-2 python-gst0.10 python-gtk2 python-httplib2
  python-ibus python-imaging python-keyring python-launchpadlib
  python-lazr.restfulclient python-lazr.uri python-libproxy python-libxml2
  python-louis python-m2crypto python-mako python-markupsafe python-minimal
  python-notify python-oauth python-opengl python-openssl python-packagekit python-pam
  python-pexpect python-pip python-piston-mini-client python-pkg-resources
  python-problem-report python-protobuf python-pyatspi2 python-pycurl python-pyinotify
  python-pyudev python-pyxattr python-qt3 python-qt4 python-qt4-gl python-renderpm
  python-reportlab python-reportlab-accel python-serial python-setuptools
  python-simplejson python-sip python-smbc python-software-properties python-speechd
  python-support python-twisted-bin python-twisted-core python-twisted-names
  python-twisted-web python-ubuntu-sso-client python-ubuntuone-client
  python-ubuntuone-control-panel python-ubuntuone-storageprotocol python-uno
  python-utidylib python-virtkey python-wadllib python-xapian python-xdg python-xkit
  python-yenc python-zeitgeist python-zope.interface python2.7 python2.7-dev
  python2.7-minimal rhythmbox rhythmbox-mozilla rhythmbox-plugin-cdrecorder
  rhythmbox-plugin-magnatune rhythmbox-plugin-zeitgeist rhythmbox-plugins
  rhythmbox-ubuntuone sabnzbdplus sabnzbdplus-theme-classic sabnzbdplus-theme-mobile
  sabnzbdplus-theme-smpl sessioninstaller software-center
  software-center-aptdaemon-plugins software-properties-common software-properties-gtk
  solaar sopcast-player sp-auth steam:i386 steam-launcher system-config-printer-common
  system-config-printer-gnome system-config-printer-udev totem totem-mozilla
  totem-plugins ttf-mscorefonts-installer ubuntu-artwork ubuntu-desktop ubuntu-minimal
  ubuntu-sso-client ubuntu-sso-client-gtk ubuntu-standard ubuntu-system-service
  ubuntuone-client ubuntuone-client-gnome ubuntuone-control-panel ubuntuone-couch
  ubuntuone-installer ufw unattended-upgrades unity unity-2d unity-common
  unity-lens-applications unity-lens-video unity-scope-musicstores
  unity-scope-video-remote update-manager update-manager-core update-notifier
  update-notifier-common usb-creator-common usb-creator-gtk vlc wine-browser-installer
  wine-silverlight4-installer wine-silverlight5.1-installer xbmc xbmc-bin xdiagnose
  xul-ext-ubufox zeitgeist zeitgeist-core zeitgeist-datahub
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libavutil51:i386 libdc1394-22:i386 libebml3:i386 liblua5.1-0:i386 libpostproc52:i386
  libpython3.2 libqt4-webkit:i386 libsmbclient:i386 libswscale2:i386 libtalloc2:i386
  libtar0:i386 libupnp4:i386 libva-x11-1:i386 libva1:i386 libwbclient0:i386
  libx264-120:i386 python3 python3-minimal python3-uno python3.2 python3.2-minimal
The following packages will be upgraded:
  libavcodec53 libavformat53 libavutil51 libgail-3-0 libgtk-3-0 libgtk-3-bin
  libgtk-3-common libpostproc52 libsmbclient libswscale2 libwbclient0
WARNING: The following essential packages will be removed.
This should NOT be done unless you know exactly what you are doing!
  python-minimal python2.7-minimal (due to python-minimal)
11 upgraded, 21 newly installed, 293 to remove and 146 not upgraded.
3 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 18.1 MB of archives.
After this operation, 517 MB disk space will be freed.
You are about to do something potentially harmful.
To continue type in the phrase 'Yes, do as I say!'

If I try to uninstall just acestream:i386 I get the following error:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 libudev0 : Breaks: libudev0:i386 (!= 175-0ubuntu9.4) but 175-0ubuntu13 is to be installed
 libudev0:i386 : Breaks: libudev0 (!= 175-0ubuntu13) but 175-0ubuntu9.4 is to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

I really have no clue where to go from here.

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Try sudo apt-get autoremove ,it may remove some part of the error. –  Avinash Raj Apr 17 at 1:20
    
No luck, same error as the first listed above –  Adam Nelson Apr 17 at 1:27
    
which version of Ubuntu are you running? –  Avinash Raj Apr 17 at 1:51
    
Running 12.04.4 LTS –  Adam Nelson Apr 17 at 2:54

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