Items cannot be installed or removed error on Ubuntu

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I just installed Microsoft Windows Compatibility Layer and I encountered an error in Ubuntu. The Repair option in the error message doesn't help. In fact, another error appears stating that the "Package operation failed". How can I solve this problem?

Here is the preview of the first error I've got:

Items cannot be installed or removed until the package catalog is repaired. Do you want to repair it now?

Once Update Manager has finished the repairs, you can close it and return to the store.

Cancel     Repair

Answered By 70 points N/A #114541

Items cannot be installed or removed error on Ubuntu


It seems like the package is broken. In order to fix it,

Press “Ctrl + Alt + T” to open Terminal. Then run the following command:

sudo apt-get install –f

If that doesn’t work, run these commands again:

sudo dpkg –configure –a

sudo apt-get install –f

If the problem continues to appear, you’ve to edit the “dpkg status” file. Run this command:

gksudo gedit /var/lib/dpkg/status

Find out the package, remove everything that has anything to do with it, and then save the file.

More diagnostics can be found here.

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