I'm trying to update my vmware player Ubuntu vm to Saucy Salamander via the Software Updater app. Sadly while it was installing packages vmware player gave this really weird error I've never seen before. I can't remember what it was, but I could either proceed by clicking
pass onto vm, or similar options. The
pass onto vm option caused the vm to crash completely.
Upon trying to boot up the
vm again, I got this strange error saying I can either
take ownership of the vm or
cancel the boot. Really weird, but the take ownership option said it could damage my vm.
I decided to shut down Windows 7 instead. Upon restarting my pc, I can boot up my vm fine, and while Software Updater starts up okay, it keeps greying out when it finishes
checking for updates.
Launching Software Updater from the command line by running
$ sudo update-manager
reveals these errors are occuring:
Error loading .desktop file /usr/share/applications/gnomine.desktop: constructor returned NULL Error loading .desktop file /usr/share/app-install/desktop/gnome-mines:gnome-mines.desktop: constructor returned NULL Error loading .desktop file /usr/share/applications/gnome-sudoku.desktop: constructor returned NULL Error loading .desktop file /usr/share/app-install/desktop/gnome-sudoku:gnome-sudoku.desktop: constructor returned NULL Error loading .desktop file /usr/share/applications/mahjongg.desktop: constructor returned NULL Error loading .desktop file /usr/share/app-install/desktop/gnome-control-center-signon:update-accounts.desktop: constructor returned NULL
No idea how to proceed, but this is my third boot now and it's the same story.
Ubuntu working perfectly, but Software Updater/update-manager is completely fried. Any advice guys? Ubuntu nooby talking here, but does this mean the problem is superficial? It's just something to do with the GUI and can be easily fixed? It's not like I was attempting anything mental for goodness sake.
Could this fix the error?
sudo apt-get install -f
Before I run it, what does the
f flag do exactly?
Left it running for about 60 minutes, and it resolved itself! It says I can only do a
partial update though, and that
problem can be caused by damaged or unofficial software. Is this damage caused by the error before? Full message:
Not all Updates can be installed Run a partial upgrade, to install as many updates as possible. This can be caused by: * A previous upgrade which didn't complete * Problems with some of the installed software * Inofficial software packages not provided by Ubuntu * Normal changes of a pre-release version of Ubuntu Partial Upgrade Close
Should I be worried? The update is still in process so I don't know if I'll run into the same error again.