Ubuntu Cannot Solve Package Dependencies Issue with apt-get install -f Command

June 6, 2016 | By the+gnu+linux+evangelist.

Repairing Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Packages Dependencies Issues

You are Welcome, this Tutorial shows you Step-by-Step How to Troubleshooting a Linux Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus LTS i386/amd64 System with Broken Packages and Dependencies Issues.

The Reparation Workflow is Working also in Case of an Ubuntu “apt-get -f install” Unsolvable Dependencies Issues!

This also the Ultimate Procedure to Follow for Successfully Recovering your Ubuntu system from a severe Issue.

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  1. On a Shell session
    (Press “Enter” to Execute Commands)
    Ctrl+Alt+t on desktop

    Ubuntu Cannot Solve Package Dependencies Issue with apt-get install -f Command - Open Terminal

    Hit Tab to Auto-Complete the Shell Commands…

  2. Login as SuperUser
    Just to Make Shorter the Commands..

    sudo su

    In this Case, Triple Check the Commands Before Execution!
    If Got “User is Not in Sudoers file” then see: How to Enable sudo

  3. Collect a List of the Packages with Missing Dependencies.

    apt-get -f install

    Find inside the Output and Take Note of All the Packages that are Misbehaving.

  4. Make a Copy of the Packages status File
    Just in case you’ll be forced to Restore them…

    cp /var/lib/dpkg/status /var/lib/dpkg/status.bak
  5. Edit the dpkg “status” File.

    gedit /var/lib/dpkg/status


    nano /var/lib/dpkg/status

    Remove All Blocks Beginning with Package: [myPackageName] and Ended with a Blank Line

    Package: libakonadi-kde4
    Status: install ok installed
    Priority: optional
    Section: libs
    Installed-Size: 3047
    Maintainer: Kubuntu Developers 
    Architecture: amd64
    Source: kdepimlibs
    Version: 4:4.13.3-0ubuntu0.1
    Replaces: kdepimlibs-data, kdepimlibs5 (< 4:4.4.0)
    Depends: libakonadiprotocolinternals1 (>= 1.11.80), libc6 (>= 2.14), libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1), libkdecore5 (>= 4:4.13.3), libkdeui5 (>= 4:4.13.3), libkio5 (>= 4:4.13.3), libqjson0 (>= 0.7.1), libqt4-dbus (>= 4:4.6.1), libqt4-network (>= 4:4.5.3), libqt4-sql (>= 4:4.5.3), libqtcore4 (>= 4:4.8.0), libqtgui4 (>= 4:4.8.0), libsolid4 (>= 4:4.13.3), libstdc++6 (>= 4.6)
    Breaks: kdepimlibs-data, kdepimlibs5 (< 4:4.4.0)
    Description: library for using the Akonadi PIM data server
    This is the client access library for using the Akonadi PIM data server.
    This package is part of the KDE Development Platform PIM libraries module.
    Homepage: http://pim.kde.org/
    Original-Maintainer: Debian Qt/KDE Maintainers 

    Save the File.

  6. Try Again to Repairing System.

    apt-get -f install

    If Still New Broken Packages are Showing Up then Repeat the Former Step.
    With a More or Less large dose of Patience Your Ubuntu Should be Successfully and Happily Recovered :)

  7. Only in Case of No Solution then Recover the old “status” File!.

    cp /var/lib/dpkg/status.bak /var/lib/dpkg/status
  8. Last to Exit the SuperUser Session:


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