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Postby deepestfishguy » 2020-05-20 19:40


I am having issues with GDebi (running Buster, Xfce Desktop). It will confirm dependencies, but when I click the Install button, GDebi closes. I have tested it in MX-19 and it works fine.

I have been unable to locate a link on the GDebi homepage to search for or report a bug. Similarly, I cannot find a place to search/report a bug directly to Debian developers.

Wondering if anyone else has had the same experience, and looking for suggestions as to what to do next.
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Re: GDebi

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-05-20 19:52

Does it work if you run it from the command line?

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# gdebi example.deb

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gdebi-gtk example.deb

^ That should show any error messages when it closes.

At a guess you don't have a graphical polkit authentication agent running so the graphical version can't get permission to install stuff.

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pgrep -a polkit

Note that apt(8) can be used instead of gdebi:
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# apt install ./example.deb

And for bug reporting see
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Re: GDebi

Postby NFT5 » 2020-05-20 21:11

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Re: GDebi

Postby eriefisher » 2020-05-20 23:44

I would first have to ask why gdebi? The only use for gdebi would be to install random .deb's instead of using the package manager(apt). I would first look at the repos available to you like backports and such.

You don't mention what the package was so I rant.
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Re: GDebi

Postby cuckooflew » 2020-05-21 00:06

Similarly, I cannot find a place to search/report a bug directly to Debian developers.

Very poor search foo :
If you do not or can not grasp what they say, or have problems with submitting your bug report, I will be happy to give more details, but I think you should start a new topic, specific to submitting bug reports, it is pretty easy.

On the Gdebi problem, I am not sure, I prefer just using the CLI, it is more easy and reliable, have yu tried that ?
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Re: GDebi

Postby otyugh » 2020-05-21 06:45

This bug is known : ... bug=932088
I remember having to deal with it since stretch.

How you can workaround it :
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sudo sed -ri 's|(Exec=)(.*)|\1sh -c "\2"|' "/usr/share/applications/gdebi.desktop"

It may be a pkexec-related bug and should be reported in there too, but as I'm not sure...
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