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Let me just start with saying that I am very new to Linux in general. I recently installed 14.04 and I downloaded a couple of things first: Gimp and Chrome, but when I tried to get Steam it downloads but when I launch it, the terminal says:

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

Then the terminal closes and a box comes up saying:

You are missing the following 32-bit libraries, and Steam may not run: libc.so.6

When I try to run "sudo apt-get -f install" it does this:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Correcting dependencies... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
libc-bin
The following NEW packages will be installed:
libc-bin
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 77 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/1,168 kB of archives.
After this operation, 3,529 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Can't exec "locale": No such file or directory at /usr/share/perl5/Debconf/Encoding.pm line 16.
Use of uninitialized value $Debconf::Encoding::charmap in scalar chomp at /usr/share/perl5/Debconf/Encoding.pm line 17.
dpkg: warning: 'ldconfig' not found in PATH or not executable
dpkg: error: 1 expected program not found in PATH or not executable
Note: root's PATH should usually contain /usr/local/sbin, /usr/sbin and /sbin E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)

And then the software center says there is a problem with my current software. Can someone help?

  • You have 77 not upgraded packages. Try sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade, then install it again. – Pabi May 1 '15 at 1:00
  • Goes through some stuff then You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these. The following packages have unmet dependencies: cups : Depends: libc-bin (>= 2.13) E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f. – Justin Weaver May 1 '15 at 1:04
  • Could you post the output of sudo echo $PATH please. – Pabi May 1 '15 at 1:06
  • /usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games – Justin Weaver May 1 '15 at 1:10
  • Please post the output of which ldconfig. – Pabi May 1 '15 at 1:12
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I'm pretty sure this is a duplicate, but here's the answer. You need to install that library that Steam needs. Do so by running sudo apt-get install libc6*. This should fix the Steam problem and will hopefully solve the other one as well.

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  • That comes up with 'E: Unmet dependencies. Try apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution). – Justin Weaver May 1 '15 at 0:50
  • OK. Try installing libc-bin. – TheWanderer May 1 '15 at 0:51
  • Part of response: Note: root's PATH should usually contain /usr/local/sbin, /usr/sbin and /sbin E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2) – Justin Weaver May 1 '15 at 0:56
  • OK. Go to /etc and open environment. Make sure that it contains /usr/local/sbin, /usr/sbin` and /sbin. – TheWanderer May 1 '15 at 1:02
  • All of those are present. – Justin Weaver May 1 '15 at 1:19
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Your problem is you are missing libc-bin but can't install it. To install it:

Boot from an ubuntu installation media and open a terminal
Mount your ubuntu root partition: sudo mount /dev/sdX /mnt
Chroot into your system: sudo chroot /mnt /bin/bash
Install libc-bin: sudo apt-get install libc-bin
Reboot your system and it should work fine

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  • Sorry for the delay. I should just boot ubuntu from the usb I installed it with? – Justin Weaver May 2 '15 at 21:40
  • Yes Boot from that CD and execute the commands. Dont forget to replace /dev/sdX with the right drive. – Pabi May 2 '15 at 23:51
  • the first command said 'mount: special device /dev/sdX does not exist' – Justin Weaver May 3 '15 at 19:20
  • the second one did 'chroot: failed to run command ‘/bin/bash’: No such file or directory ' – Justin Weaver May 3 '15 at 19:21
  • Are you sure you have mounted the right partition to /mnt? The partition with your root filesystem. – Pabi May 3 '15 at 19:26

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