As the title says, install meter stops when trying to install software. I'm using Ubuntu 14.04. I get into the software Center, I find the app I want, click to install, enter the admin password, it's starts installing and then the process meter stops at like 10% or something. Therefore I can't install any new apps using this Ubuntu software Center. I've had to do everything using .deb manual installs and using sudo commands. I really want to fix this Ubuntu software Center problem. Anyone had this problem before and know how to fix?

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Sometimes, there is a dialog box that opens behind the software center window that prevents installation from proceeding. When a selection is made, installation proceeds.

This isn't always the case, I've always been frustrated with how slow software center is.

Next, the synaptic package manager isn't quite as nice but it gets the job done and it's really fast. Run the following commands to install:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install synaptic

Now, search your apps for synaptic package manager.

Search for and select packages. Then, click apply and always review the list before accepting the changes.


Also, it isn't typically good practice to install packages using deb files unless the package is not available through apt-get.

You can search for packages using apt-get as well. Here's an example:

apt-cache search synaptic

To narrow the results, you can use grep to list results containing a keyword like in this example:

apt-cache search synaptic | grep "package manager"

Finally, install a package using the following command (this example installs synaptic):

sudo apt-get install synaptic

To update your list of packages:

sudo apt-get update

and to update all your packages:

sudo apt-get upgrade

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