For whatever reason VLC disappeared. I really can't remember if it were something I did or some weird update. Whatever the case the program wasn't opening but I could see that it was still installed. I purged it and I've been trying to get it re-installed ever since.
sudo apt install vlc gives the following output:
Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable distribution that some required packages have not yet been created or been moved out of Incoming. The following information may help to resolve the situation: The following packages have unmet dependencies. vlc : Depends: libgles1-mesa (>= 7.8.1) but it is not going to be installed or libgles1 E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
This didn't feel right. So I google broken package errors for solutions and most commonly it was running
sudo apt clean or doing it from within Synaptic. I've done both to no avail.
Next I assume the package does need to be installed, I open up Synaptic and search for this
libgles... find the packages, hit install...error. This package depends on
libglapi-mesa, I search for it and find that it's already installed. At this point I've followed the rabbit hole and don't know where to go now.