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How To Fix “Package operation failed” Error In Ubuntu

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This brief guide explains how to fix "Package operation failed" error in Ubuntu Linux and its derivatives such as Linux Mint, Pop OS and Elementary OS etc.

The other day I was trying to update the Oracle VirtualBox to its latest version on Ubuntu desktop. But the update didn't go well and I end up with following error.

Package operation failed 
The installation or removal of a software package failed.
Package operation failed

Package operation failed

It wasn't the first time I got this kind of error. I have had this error so many times, and I have fixed it too by searching on the Ubuntu forums and Google. But this time I forgot how I solved it in the past. So, I decided to document the procedure, so that someone can use this procedure if they have the same issue.

Well, let me show you how I did it.

I ran the following commands one by one in Terminal:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get clean
$ sudo apt-get autoremove
$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
$ sudo apt-get install -f

When I executed the last command, I got the following error.

E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
Error - Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code

Error - Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code

Oops! Another error??

However, I opened the Software Updater from the Menu. This time it displayed a message: The update has already been already downloaded.

Ubuntu Software Updater

Ubuntu Software Updater

Cool then. I just hit the Install now button. The installation went good and completed without any issues.

Software Updater

Software Updater

Hope this helps.

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Neil September 27, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Hi, I’m glad I found your site, I was looking for a way to track down the double file entries on my hard drives. On your suggestion I installed dupeGuru, thank you. I have a question though, I can’t make the program look at my other hard drives. Is this normal or did I do something wrong? Hope you have an answer. Keep up the good work. Thanks

Admin September 29, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Hi you have to partition the other hard drive and mount it to the current system where you installed the dupeGuru. Then, scan the mounted partition using dupeGuru.


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