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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Ubuntu 12.10 - dpkg: warning: package not in database at line 1 and installing Cinnamon

Debian User Forums • View topic - duplicating a system & dpkg error [SOLVED]

Not to impressed with Ubuntu 12.10 yet.

Recreating the lovely Mint 13 in crummy Ubuntu you need to do this:
sudo dpkg --get-selections > ~/Desktop/packages
And then on the target system do this
sudo dpkg --set-selections < ~/Desktop/packages && sudo apt-get -u dselect-upgrade

Errors such as dpkg: warning: package not in database at line 1: can be solved with the following:
install dselect
dselect access
dselect update
Then all you need to do is this!
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable
sudo apt-get update
apt-get install cinnamon
Sanity sets in. Unity be gone!!!!


  1. I tried this and still get the dpkg: warning: package not in database at line... error after. What different do I need to do?

    1. Some packages were installed using .deb files most likely. You will need to manually get those from their original sources as they are not included in Ubuntu's repos. My experiance also complained about missing libraries but I just ignored them and everything was back in place.


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