Whenever I use sudo apt-get install packagename, it will start installing. I will type "Y" when prompted then this will pop up:


TrueType core fonts for the Web EULA




Why does this happen?

  • 2
    That screen shot is very low resolution and hard to see. It would be helpful to post one with the text visible.
    – user530873
    Mar 21, 2013 at 20:37
  • @muru It looks like they want to know why they are prompted with the EULA, not how to accept it.
    – kos
    Feb 26, 2016 at 18:02
  • @kos no, they're wondering why the y didn't work. Same difference.
    – muru
    Feb 26, 2016 at 19:13
  • @muru I think the "Y" they're referring to is the "Y" to be typed on the apt-get prompt to confirm the installation (I agree, badly worded: they say "it will start installing" and only then they say that, so it sounds like they're typing that during the actual installation, but again I think they're confusing the actual installation with the resolution of the dependencies). But beside they're explicitly asking (twice) why that's happening (once in the title and once at the end).
    – kos
    Feb 26, 2016 at 19:34
  • You see what I mean? But again, beside, since that's not for sure either, still 3 of the 4 answers below address why that's happening and not how to solve it. Without being sure I think it would be better to leave it open.
    – kos
    Feb 26, 2016 at 19:34

4 Answers 4


Apt is displaying the license agreement for the package that you are installing. I'm guessing that either you are installing the msttcorefonts package or something that requires the installation of that package like wine, playonlinux, etc. Apt is doing a good thing here, making you aware and agree to the license that the software for this particular package is covered by.


I agree with @Mordoc.

msttcorefonts is a copyright protected package outside of Ubuntu's licensing agreement (logically, as it is from Microsoft)

Most of what is in the apt-cache (can be installed via apt-get or Ubuntu Store) has been licensed to allow Ubuntu users to install it by the developers.

However, just because you can install something via apt-get doesn't mean it is freely licensed, as djeikyb commented. Some things that can download can be from a non-free repository (where apt downloads the programs from) and thus you can have to agree to an agreement (even though it's in the apt-cache).

Other things, like programs you download from outside (eg...msttcorefonts) may have different licensing agreement.


After being unable to proceed from the EULA, scouring these boards for a solution, getting frustrated; I ended up hitting the "tab" button in a fury, which highlighted the "Ok" button, then prompted me to agree or disagree. After that, terminal resumed its normal function. Cheers!


The screenshot is low quality, but I think it's a Microsoft licence of Truefont. It's basicly telling you what you can and can't do with this piece of software. If you want to continue, you'll have to accept the licence(by pressing space)

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