I've got an installation of Ubuntu 18.04. It's a default, simple installation. It's been patched successfully using sudo apt-get update, sudo apt-get upgrade, and sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y.

I don't understand what the point of Software Center is. It's pinned to Favorites by default. When you search for something, Ubuntu's search suggests packages to install via Software Center...and yet...

  1. Software Center needs sudo credentials to do anything.
  2. Software Center doesn't prompt the user for sudo -y creds.
  3. Software Center always just tells me "You do not have permission to install software".

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Clearly, just clicking on the icon for Software Center is not the right way to start Software Center. It seems like it could be a handy tool so...what is the right way to start Software Center? Is there any way to have it prompt you for sudo -y credentials on start?

  • Not entirely a True Statement. It depends on what your installing as some things do require root password. – EODCraft Staff Jun 1 '18 at 11:05
  • Are you using the X session or the Wayland session? – Andrea Lazzarotto Jun 1 '18 at 11:05
  • "Ubuntu Software Centre" was for 16.04 (& earlier/Unity), and was replaced with Ubuntu Software (or really Software, a GNOME app) which is the intended 18.04. If I use [gnome-|ubuntu-]'Software' it runs without password, but asks me to enter password when I click 'install' – guiverc Jun 1 '18 at 11:05
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    Ubuntu Software asks for password when you install any software but not for browsing or searching. This is a feature. It looks like you prefer that it asks for password when it is stated, like synaptic does. That would be a feature request. Bug reports and feature requests are off topic here. Asking why a software has or do not have a specific feature could only give opinion based answers from users. Such questions are not suitable for this site. – user68186 Jun 1 '18 at 11:15
  • Are you the only user of this system? How were you granted sudo rights?) – muru Jun 1 '18 at 12:48

Try running the software center from command line using

sudo ubuntu-software 

see if this works.

  • you saved my day! – Vaha Aug 19 '19 at 9:37

I had the same issue and I fixed it by:

killall gnome-software
sudo -i gnome-software 

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