apt-get in suse: Couldn't find package

Discussion in 'HOWTO-Related Questions' started by tarazis, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. tarazis

    tarazis New Member

    hi...
    i'm kinda new to this, having recently removed windows from my system and giving the disks away and going with linux fulltime...anyways i used apt-get in ubuntu, which i really liked but it's a little too advanced for me at this stage, and when i found this page I was really happy.

    i'm running SuSE 9.3 and when i go to install something, for example skype, using apt-get i get the following message:

    Reading Package Lists... Done
    Building Dependency Tree... Done
    E: Couldn't find package skype


    i've been looking for something that would explain what i'm doing wrong or what i'm not doing but it a blizzard out there and i'm lost.

    is it that it can't find skype on the server? i've done apt-cache search skype and it's listed.

    could someone please help me?

    i'm sorry if this isn't the place to post comments like this....as i've said i'm new to this....
     
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    What's the exact package name returned when you run
    Code:
    apt-cache search skype
    ?

    For example, if you get a string like skype-common (this is really just an example, I don't know how the Skype packages are named), you have to run
    Code:
    apt-get install skype-common
    .
     
  3. tarazis

    tarazis New Member

    thanks for getting back to me.....

    as far as i know it's skype....i know that there are numbers and such as part of the name but when i do apt-cache search skype it brings up the name along with alot of other stuff.......

    i think that i'll use rpm and work on this.....i beginning to think that the problem is experence and not an actual "software" problem. i could just not being spific enough.....
     
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    Can you post the output of
    Code:
    apt-cache search skype
    here? I'll tell you then what you need to install.
     
  5. tarazis

    tarazis New Member

    ########@linux:~> apt-cache search skype
    skype - Skype is free Internet telephony that just works
    ########@linux:~>


    this is the output of the search.

    when i try apt-get install skype i get:

    ########@linux:~> sudo apt-get install skype
    Reading Package Lists... Done
    Building Dependency Tree... Done
    E: Couldn't find package skype
    ########@linux:~>


    i've used rpm to install skype but it is now just the sheer hell of it....
    thanks for you help...
     
  6. falko

    falko Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff Moderator HowtoForge Supporter ISPConfig Developer

    I'd simply log in as root and run
    Code:
    apt-get install skype
    instead of doing this sudo stuff...
     
  7. vimlaroopa

    vimlaroopa New Member

    passing-by-here

    Your problem might be that the apt-get install is searching for the package (skype) from CD. You should remove the option CD so that it could download directly from the net.

    To disable the CD option in suse, see http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect_setup_opensuse_10.2_p5

    In Ubuntu, you edit /etc/apt/sources.list and comment the first few lines, the look in CD ones.

    I'm not sure this gonna work, but you can try it out.
     

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