Error shown and unable to start Software Center

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Hello experts

I cannot start Software Center. Please help me to solve this. When I attempt to start with terminal, it gives me the following error.

[email protected]:~$ software-center

2011-10-22 18:51:29,178 – softwarecenter.ui.gtk3.em – INFO – EM's: 17 15 21

2011-10-22 18:51:54,355 – softwarecenter.fixme – WARNING – logs to the root logger: '('/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/dbus/', 406, '_introspect_error_handler')'

2011-10-22 18:51:54,354 – dbus.proxies – ERROR – Introspect error on :1.120:/com/ubuntu/Softwarecenter: dbus.exceptions.DBusException: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NoReply: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.

2011-10-22 18:52:20,000 – – WARNING – Could not get usefulness from server, no username in config file

2011-10-22 18:52:20,110 – softwarecenter.ui.gtk3.utils – INFO – Softwarecenter style provider for ambience Gtk theme: /usr/share/software-center/ui/gtk3/css/softwarecenter.css

Also, I cannot look for any apps in dash. When I tried to search, only recent files are displayed. There are no apps in any other option, but all the apps are working fine. It occurs after reboot.

Please help.

Thanks a lot.

Answered By 0 points N/A #154886

Error shown and unable to start Software Center


Dear Gregory,

For a quick workaround here's the solution:

  • Instead of "software-center", type in the terminal "sudo software-center". This should start the software-center just fine.
  • The above command – sudo – runs the software-center with administrative rights (under the user root)

Regarding your problem you should try the following:

  • Go to your home directory
  • Then the .cache directory
  • And delete the software-center folder
  • This should fix your problem

The software-center has always been prone to errors of this sort. Once you get used to the OS you'll realize it's much easier to install apps through the "sudo apt-get install <name of package>" command.

I hope this helps.

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