I've downloaded a Sublime Editor .deb package, and when I open it in Software Install, I click Install, and the Install button progress bar moves to the end of the button, but nothing else happens, and Sublime Editor does not get installed.

If I click Install again, I get a new tab in the Launcher with title "Waiting to install", and nothing else happens.

This behaviour occurred in Ubuntu 16.04.1.

Upgrading to Ubuntu 16.10 does not resolve the problem.

(I applied the update mentioned in this question)

Help appreciated.

  • @muru add an answer about my OS being 32-bit and not letting 64-bit apps being installed. I'll accept it. – Steve Feb 2 '17 at 6:23
  • @Steve that's alright, you can just edit your answer to show you found the real problem. – muru Feb 2 '17 at 6:24

Open a terminal (press Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:

cd Downloads
sudo dpkg -i sublime-text*.deb
sudo apt install -f
  • I found out those .deb packages were built for AMD processors, which caused the problem. Thanks for your help. – Steve Feb 2 '17 at 6:07

I prefer the answer provided by Chai T.Rex. But sometimes you just want a simple point and click procedure. You can acheive that by

#install gdebi package manager
sudo apt-get install gdebi

right click on sublime-text*.deb and select Open With > Gdebi Package Manager.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.