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Title: Need help with downloading new programs, "stuck in Itunes"
Post by: rabar51 on August 06, 2015, 02:46:04 PM
I am unable to continue downloading programs.  I still need Dropbox and Itunes.  I get an Error Message and the following while I was installing Itunes yesterday: 

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

What can I do to stop this process and continue with installations.  It appears that I will not be able to install Itunes.  I am not understanding how to install new applications on my Linux OS.   
Title: Re: Need help with downloading new programs, "stuck in Itunes"
Post by: torreydale on August 06, 2015, 03:30:23 PM
General information on installing software in Linux Lite:
https://www.linuxliteos.com/manual/software.html#instsoftware

Dropbox is included in the Lite Software app:
https://www.linuxliteos.com/manual/software.html#installsoftware
It's as simple as going to Menu->System->Lite Software and selecting Dropbox to install it.  For Apple devices, you will want to install iDevices Manager as well.

I don't use iTunes, but I understand that possibilities exist with installing a legacy version of it in Linux using Wine or PlayonLinux.  Both Wine and PlayOnLinux can be installed using Lite Software.  Outside of that, there are iTunes alternatives like Clementine (installable via Lite Software), Banshee, Rhythmbox, Tomahawk, Guaydeque, etc.  There are quite a few YouTube videos on iTunes on Linux and alternatives to iTunes.
Title: Re: Need help with downloading new programs, "stuck in Itunes"
Post by: OldGuy on August 06, 2015, 03:36:40 PM
Sadly, Linux and iTunes does not get along very well.  I wasted 2 days trying to deal with my son's iPod in Linux and finally gave up and used a dual boot box that had Windows.  I tried all the solutions I found on Google and none of them were effective.  Folks say you can get iTunes running under WINE but I did not succeed.  I was able to use Clementine to load music on the iPod but when I unplugged it - it just reset itself to empty. 

All of my computers are dual boot with Win 7 as there are a few things that only Windows can do...
Title: Re: Need help with downloading new programs, "stuck in Itunes"
Post by: rabar51 on August 06, 2015, 04:01:48 PM
thnx for the replies.  I will give up on Itunes.  Unfortunately my computer is locked as indicated with the error message that I stated in my post.  I need help on disabling the install so that I can continue installing software programs.  Any help is appreciated.  thnx, rabar
Title: Re: Need help with downloading new programs, "stuck in Itunes"
Post by: torreydale on August 06, 2015, 04:02:24 PM
List of iTunes alternatives:
http://thesimplecomputer.info/choosing-a-linux-music-player
Title: Re: Need help with downloading new programs, "stuck in Itunes"
Post by: torreydale on August 06, 2015, 04:15:01 PM
Can you explain how you attempted the install of Dropbox and iTunes?

Can you not close the window with the error, and then install Dropbox using Lite Software?

If you can close the error window, try the following:
  1) Open Lite Tweaks (Menu->System->Lite Tweaks)
  2) Run the "Autoremove Packages" and "Package Cache" options
  3) Close out Lite Tweaks and run Install Updates (Menu->Favorites->Install Updates)

If the above runs cleanly, then install Dropbox using Lite Software.  If the above does not run cleanly, I will need more information on what happened before you got to the error.
Title: Re: Need help with downloading new programs, "stuck in Itunes"
Post by: rabar51 on August 07, 2015, 09:11:04 PM
1) After attempting to run Lite Tweaks, it began the process but this window popped up:

<There was an error while  Removing unneeded packages!>

2) Everytime that I open the Menu->System->Install/Remove I get a window that says:

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

 
Title: Re: Need help with downloading new programs, "stuck in Itunes"
Post by: torreydale on August 07, 2015, 09:34:22 PM
Open a terminal and do:

Code: [Select]
sudo dpkg --configure -a
this should fix it.
Title: Re: Need help with downloading new programs, "stuck in Itunes"
Post by: rabar51 on August 07, 2015, 10:10:22 PM
Thanks for the help torreydale!  Is this a command that I should save for future use in similar situations.  Worked like a charm.  I downloaded Dropbox with no problem and ready to go...
Title: Re: Need help with downloading new programs, "stuck in Itunes"
Post by: torreydale on August 07, 2015, 11:31:16 PM
No need to save or memorize it.  Bookmarking this forum thread for future reference should suffice for you.  Furthermore, if you re-read the error, it was telling us the solution all along:  you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem