I have 11.04 installed with Gnome 3 and everything was working fine until I tried to run the update manager. Now I can't update any of my packages. A similar question was posted awhile ago but no solution was presented


Output from sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

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Reading package lists... Done
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages have been kept back:
  brasero brasero-cdrkit brasero-common empathy empathy-common eog evince
  evince-common gedit gedit-common gnome-disk-utility gnome-keyring
  gnome-media gnome-shell gnome-system-monitor gnome-terminal
  gnome-terminal-data gnome-themes-selected gucharmap gvfs gvfs-backends
  gvfs-fuse libcanberra-pulse libcanberra0 libgcr0 libgdu-gtk0
  libgnome-keyring0 libgtk-vnc-1.0-0 libgucharmap7 light-themes
  linux-generic-pae linux-headers-generic-pae linux-image-generic-pae
  nautilus-sendto-empathy seahorse totem totem-common totem-mozilla
  totem-plugins vinagre yelp zenity
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 42 not upgraded.

Edit 3

After installing each of the packages (via sudo apt-get install [package] ) that were held back, everything seems to be normal. So why did I have to reinstall everything? I'm assuming it has todo with gnome3 since every package was installed via their repo.

  • thanks - and if, for example you type sudo apt-get install totem what error do you see? - again remember to add this back to your question. – fossfreedom Aug 27 '11 at 22:20
  • @fossfreedom Installed totem and running update && upgrade allowed me to update eog but the other packages are still being held back – smith324 Aug 27 '11 at 22:47
  • ok - step by step - lets find a package that is definitely being kept back - try installing the package with sudo apt-get install <packagename> - if it gives errors - replace the totem edit with this new package error. – fossfreedom Aug 27 '11 at 22:53

I have found sometimes the package manager cannot cope with the extent of the changes a particular PPA is requesting to be updated.

For example, the manager starts processing a file, but gives up claiming wrong dependencies - without further analysing that a later package/or packages in the PPA would have fulfilled that dependency.

In these cases, you should do the following - run in a terminal

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

This will give you a list of packages that it cannot install.

Go through the list one by one trying to install it i.e.

sudo apt-get install <package name>

Once you have done this, repeat the update/upgrade commands and repeat the remainder of the packages/new packages it is requesting. You may have to do this a few times until all the packages are installed.

  • 1
    Just wondering: as far as I recall, the 'Not all updates can be installed' message is usually accompanied by the option of 'Run partial upgrade'. As a GUI-way around that, would you (also) recommend running a "partial upgrade", rebooting, and then check if the Update Mgr has anything left to do after rebooting? Would your command-line method and this "GUI"-method amount to the same thing? Equally "safe"/reliable? – nutty about natty Jun 20 '13 at 8:02
  • If you have kept back packages, look here: askubuntu.com/questions/601/… cause you may break your system by just installing. – LIttle Ancient Forest Kami Aug 13 '17 at 9:00

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