Xubuntu 18.04: can't install VLC

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Xubuntu 18.04: can't install VLC

Postby peter_b » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:00 pm

[PROBLEM]
I'm trying to install the "vlc" package on a fresh Xubuntu 18.04.4 setup, but get weird dependency errors:
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: vlc-plugin-qt (= 3.0.8-0ubuntu18.04.1) but it is not going to be installed
Depends: vlc-plugin-video-output (= 3.0.8-0ubuntu18.04.1) but it is not going to be installed
Recommends: vlc-plugin-skins2 (= 3.0.8-0ubuntu18.04.1) but it is not going to be installed
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.


It seems that right after install, something fishy is going on. Here's other error messages when trying "Fix Broken Packages" in Synaptic:
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
E: Error, pkgProblemResolver::Resolve generated breaks, this may be caused by held packages.
E: Unable to correct dependencies


[SOLUTION]
For some (yet unknown) reason, it seems that some repo-sources were disabled between installing some packages and the errors. The error messages point at broken packages, but no method lists any broken package, it just seems that there are dependency informations that can't be resolved, which kinda makes sense if "some" repository sources are now disabled...

Enabling the following line in /etc/apt/sources.list, restored normal behavior:
Code: Select all
deb http://at.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ bionic-updates main restricted universe multiverse


Hm. Strange.
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