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I installed php5.5 and upgrade Ubuntu from 12 to 14. Now the system isn't working. I did

sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5

But got

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 libapache2-mod-php5 : Depends: php5-common (= 5.5.9+dfsg-1ubuntu4.4) but 5.5.18+dfsg-1+deb.sury.org~precise+1 is to be installed
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

How do I resolve it?

The commands I used to install php5.5 were like:

add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php5-oldstable
apt-get install ppa:ondrej/php5-oldstable
apt-get update
apt-get install php5
apt-get install python-software-properties
add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php5
apt-get update
apt-get install php5-common php5-mysql php5-xmlrpc php5-cgi php5-curl php5-gd php5-cli php5-fpm php-apc php-pear php5-dev php5-imap php5-mcrypt
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  • I found this askubuntu.com/questions/524886/… but I don't know how to replace the version. Can anyone let me know how to remove 5.5.18+dfsg-1+deb.sury.org~precise+1 and install php5-common (= 5.5.9+dfsg-1ubuntu4.4)??? I think that might solve the problem.
    – heya
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 3:57
  • Are you using unofficial PPAs?
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 4:13
  • I don't really know... not a system admin type of guy. I know I installed stock Ubuntu 12 before. I did these to install php 5.5: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php5-oldstable
    – heya
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 4:23
  • apt-get install ppa:ondrej/php5-oldstable apt-get update apt-get install php5 apt-get install python-software-properties add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php5
    – heya
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 4:24

1 Answer 1

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Your problem is that you have an unofficial PPA which is breaking your install procedure. To remediate this, run the below commands:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ondrej/php5-oldstable
sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ondrej/php5

This PPA is providing a different (old) version of PHP instead of the proper version that Ubuntu wants.

Run these commands to add the extra repositories:

sudo add-apt-repository universe
sudo add-apt-repository multiverse

Now, run:

sudo apt-get update

Your repository information will be the official Ubuntu ones. Install libapache2-mod-php5 using this command:

sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5

Note: You may need to uninstall the old PHP packages first. Command:

sudo apt-get remove php5 php5-common php5-mysql php5-xmlrpc php5-cgi php5-curl php5-gd php5-cli php5-fpm php-apc php-pear php5-dev php5-imap php5-mcrypt

You should not add PPAs unless you absolutely need them. They can break more than they solve and can cause problems like this. Also, unofficial PPAs are attack vectors for potential viruses. Unless you really need to use a PPA, don't.

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  • Absolutely agreed, it even broke apache2! Many thanks
    – ackuser
    Commented May 29, 2015 at 12:45
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    sudo add-apt-repository universe It is failing Error: 'universe' invalid Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 8:03
  • @VivekVardhan Please ask a new question so we can better help you and keep this comment thread clean. Thanks! Feel free to cross-link to this answer if you feel that it's relevant enough.
    – Kaz Wolfe
    Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 8:05
  • For Error: 'universe' invalid see askubuntu.com/a/227788/41229
    – Hugo
    Commented Feb 8, 2016 at 10:11
  • E: Package 'libapache2-mod-php5' has no installation candidate Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 16:48

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