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It shows me the updates that I need then will not allow me to install them, I click the install icon and the button pops back out without installing anything....
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    Ubuntu won't let me install updates


    It shows me the updates that I need then will not allow me to install them, I click the install icon and the button pops back out without installing anything.

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    Which release of Ubuntu are you using? Open a terminal if you are not sure and type: cat /etc/issue. That should output the information. Version 11.10 and earlier are no longer supported. If you are using a current release, you will need to give more detail on what happens.

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    Version 12.04, the install icon pops back out, it does not ask for any authorization, it does not allow the installation of anything.

    I think this may because when I click settings then the updates tab the option for when there are security updates I have it set to download and install aautomatically. Since these qualify as security updates ubuntu needs to do this for me and will not let me do that.

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    That should not stop you from installing updates. Sounds like something is corrupted or just stuck. (It happens some times.)

    But if you're really conviced that the auto sec update feature is doing it then:

    Update Manager -> Settings -> Updates -> When there are security updates : Change to "Display immediately"

    If that GUI path is not in your version then try:

    Code:
    software-properties-gtk
    If you don't have it then:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install software-properties-gtk
    will install it and then you can find it under "Software Sources".

    In so far as some handy commands to TS / repair:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade -f
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install -f
    Synaptic is a good GUI tool for working on issues like this:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install synaptic
    Aptitude is a good CLI tool for working on stuff like this too:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install aptitude
    Then:

    Code:
    sudo aptitude update
    sudo aptitude install -f
    and / or

    Code:
    sudo aptitude update
    sudo aptitude upgrade
    Code:
    sudo aptitude update
    sudo aptitude upgrade -f
    Other handy tricks:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get distupgrade
    and

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get distupgrade -f
    and

    Code:
    sudo dpkg --configure -a
    and

    Code:
    sudo apt-get autoremove
    As always: Don't take my word for it. Do some home work before you blindly start with copy/paste of unfamiliar code in to your terminal. Linux will give you enough rope to hang yourself. For example: distupgrade is a very powerful command. I've had it fix a lot of problems on the 12.04 remix that I built for myself from the CLI minimal install up. I also had it blow up a default install of 11.04.

    Last but not least build-dep can come in handy too at times.

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    None of this has had any effect, mumon's upate manager will not install the updates unless I give proper authorization, how ever will not allow me to give the authorization.

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    Could you please indentify the remix / spin / distro you have? (This can make a big difference in how to proceed) The base line ubuntu distro does not use muon as it's update manager. I am most familair with the base line distro. If I had the same problem I would first verify that I am in the sudo group:

    Code:
    sudo visudo
    And under

    #includedir /etc/sudoers.d

    add you user name with the following permissions: ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL

    so it looks like this:

    Code:
    #includedir /etc/sudoers.d
    john ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
    Then

    Code:
    sudo usermod -a -G sudo YOUR_USER_NAME
    Then see if you can give the authorization for the updates to run.

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