I tried installing VIM using terminal command sudo apt-get install vim but it didn't install and I got this message:

You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:  flashplugin-installer   : Breaks: flashplugin-downloader (< but is to be installed
vim : Depends: vim-common (= 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.1) but 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2 is to be installed  
      Depends: vim-runtime (= 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.1) but it is not going to be installed

E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install'  with no packages (or specify a solution

I tried using apt-get -f to install, but it didn't work.

How can I fix it?

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    Did you update the package database? sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade – jmetz Jul 25 '12 at 18:25
  • Yes, but I get the same errors trying to install VIM – SDsolar Jun 21 '17 at 6:43

probably answering this too late. but try uninstalling vim-common too. I was facing a similar problem with the error message

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 vim : Depends: vim-common (= 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2) but 2:7.3.429-2ubuntu2.1 is to be installed
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

I was able to solve it by uninstalling vim-common package first.

sudo apt-get remove vim-common

After that i was able to install it with no problems.


What I see there is that the flashplugin-installer package had some kind of downloading or installing problem and it is not letting you install vim. What I suggest is remove the flashplugin package, then do a refresh of the repository cache and then download vim. Afterwards just install flash again, although I recommend doing it via the restricted extras. Something like the following:

sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-installer
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vim
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

On another note I actually still recommend using aptitude over apt-get. Or even synaptic to solve in an easy manner multiple conflicting problems between packages.


I would like to combine both of ur answers. Type it one by one:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get remove vim-common
sudo apt-get install vim

I realize this was posted more than 4 years ago.

So here in June 2017 I installed lubuntu 12.04

I had all these same problems.

I tried everything listed in all the answers I could find but could not get vim nor vim-nox to install.

So you can just imagine my surprise when I typed in


and it came up with the vim screen in color.

I am embarrassed I spent an hour trying to force the install only to discover that it is already there.

That explains why the vim-common had a version problem.

  • vi !== vim ... So technically you do not have vim installed if you are using vi alone. – 4Z4T4R Jan 19 '18 at 21:22

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