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I am running Ubuntu 16.04 using crouton on my chromebook. Whenever I install a new chroot and load up linux for the first time sometimes installing things works just fine, but every time I load in after I always get unmet dependency errors like so:

Reading package lists...Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
The following packages have unmet dependencies
account-plugin-facebook: Depends : libaccount-plugin-generic-ouath but it is not going to be installed or ubuntu-system-settings-online-accounts but it is not going to be installed

and

libxft: Predepends: multiarch-support but it is not going to be installed

except there is around 30 or 40 of these. I have tried

sudo apt-get -f install

and

sudo dpkg configure -a

and

sudo apt-get remove {insert dependency here}

but every time it just says the same thing and lists off the dependencies. What can I do?

  • It's dpkg --configure -a BTW. – NerdOfLinux Nov 14 '17 at 22:39
  • I don't have anything against using a crouton but I always leave a comment on question about them linking here. Croutons don't run nearly as well as a native installation and, if you really, really like ChromeOS (I do think it has its advantages), Neverware is a wonderful version of ChromeOS. It's really just ChromiumOS with some proprietary stuff added in. If you do end up trying Neverware, make sure you make the bootable before wiping your Chromebook. – Amolith Nov 16 '17 at 3:15
  • If you do it after, it is a bit harder. The only computer I have is a Chromebook (now running GalliumOS, which I highly recommend) so I had to use a friend's Chromebook to make the bootable to try it. You can use Windows and OSX but I don't have access to either. – Amolith Nov 16 '17 at 3:18
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What I do when I encounter that issue is to uninstall the package that is causing the issue, then try installing it again. In your case, the problem seems to be account-plugin-facebook, so try

sudo apt purge account-plugin-facebook

If that fails, try dpkg:

sudo dpkg --remove account-plugin-facebook

and then try installing again with

sudo apt install account-plugin-facebook
  • When I try to do sudo apt purge account-plugin-facebook it just lists off the dependencies again, I am not sure what to do here, – Nic G. Nov 16 '17 at 6:03
  • Try using dpkg - -remove account-plugin-facebook(put the dashes together, I can’t do that since I’m on mobile) – NerdOfLinux Nov 16 '17 at 12:58

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