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dpkg fatal error when trying to use apt install command.

Discussion in 'General Linux' started by natagator, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. natagator

    natagator New Member

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    hi there
    i have a Chromebook with Linux installed on it and it worked great until i updated
    now every time i try to use " sudo apt install {insert packedge here}" it says
    dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting:
    unknown group 'smmsp' in statoverride file

    Help plz


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  2. rado84

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  3. natagator

    natagator New Member

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    ok i tryed editing the statoverride file but it said permission denied
     
  4. natagator

    natagator New Member

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    it said it was from something called sendmail (smmsp) so i tryed removing it through mousepad, it didn't work, so i tryed using the terminal with all the remove commands i know and it did not work
     
  5. wizardfromoz

    wizardfromoz Super Moderator
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    G'day @natagator and welcome to linux.org :)

    Did you use sudo in front of all the commands you issued at Terminal, and/or did you open Mousepad as Administrator?

    Cheers

    Chris Turner
    wizardfromoz
     
  6. rado84

    rado84 Active Member

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    In some cases the temporary Administrator privileges are not enough and he may have to do it with
    Code:
    sudo su
     
  7. natagator

    natagator New Member

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    because i am on Chromebook Linux i cant open the file from the terminal
     
  8. natagator

    natagator New Member

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    it is very confusing
     
  9. natagator

    natagator New Member

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    ok i really need help with this soon or im uninstalling linux
     
  10. wizardfromoz

    wizardfromoz Super Moderator
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    What said that, Mate?

    Was it an error on Terminal, or if not, where?

    Regret I know nothing about Chromebooks.

    Wizard
     
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    wizardfromoz Super Moderator
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    and

    ... which Linux, eg Ubuntu, Linux Mint?

    Wizard
     
  12. natagator

    natagator New Member

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    i have Ubuntu
    and i got the message from mousepad
     
  13. wizardfromoz

    wizardfromoz Super Moderator
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    Can you give us the output, from Terminal of

    Code:
    hostnamectl
    
    #and, (this is a comment)
    
    echo $DESKTOP_SESSION
    ?

    Thanks

    Wizard
     
  14. natagator

    natagator New Member

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    sorry i took so long to reply, we had a power cut.
    ok here it is

    for hostnamectl

    Static hostname: n/a
    Transient hostname: localhost
    icon name: computer-desktop
    chassis: desktop
    machine ID: 5e15ae70ac40462ab8aa56f9a31b5ee
    boot ID: 272eee3a2f57422dabfb5992331b55f3
    operating system: ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS
    kernel: Linux 3.18.0-19030-g15d00031737b

    and the other

    xfce

    which is funny because the command i have to run to duel boot linux is
    sudo startxfce4
     
  15. natagator

    natagator New Member

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    i fixed my file system so i can accesses the files i need from the terminal i just dont know how to open files as administrator
     
  16. natagator

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    ok so i fixed it but i had to use some wacky command that i used in my desperate attempt to open the file
    sudo mousepad /var/lib/dpkg/statoverride
    then boom it worked
    i dont know if i should have tried this earlier but i am happy that it is done so thanks for all the help
     
  17. wizardfromoz

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    Mate, if you got a good outcome, we are happy for you :)

    Keep us posted, if you need help.

    Wiz
     
  18. natagator

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    thanks very much kind wizard
     
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