Install Synaptic Package Manager On Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

For years, Ubuntu (and most Debian based Linux distributions) have relied on a program called Synaptic Package Manager to install software. However, as of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, Synaptic has been removed from Ubuntu in favor of the Ubuntu Software Center. Ubuntu Software Center does have a nicer GUI than Synaptic. However, if you prefer Synaptic, it’s quite easy to install on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin. Synaptic can especially come in handy as you set up a new Ubuntu installation, since you can use it to search for specific packages that you might need.

To install Synaptic on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, go to the Terminal (to find the Terminal, click on the Dash and search for Terminal) and type this command:

sudo apt-get install synaptic

Enter your password to authenticate, and apt-get will download and install Synaptic for you.

After the installation is complete, you can launch Synaptic by searching for “Synaptic” in the Dash and click on the program’s icon. You’ll need to enter your password for authentication before Synaptic launches.

-JM

ADDITIONAL READING:

The Ubuntu Beginner’s Guide

The Ubuntu Desktop Beginner’s Guide.

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17 Responses to Install Synaptic Package Manager On Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

  1. Lone Gunman says:

    This doesn’t work. Here is a CP of the results.

    guest-rcMzZ8@ken-Dimension-4600:~$ sudo apt-get install synaptic
    sudo: unable to change to sudoers gid: Operation not permitted
    sudo: setresuid() [0, 0, 0] -> [116, -1, -1]: Operation not permitted
    guest-rcMzZ8@ken-Dimension-4600:~$

  2. Jonathan Moeller says:

    I think you’re trying it as a standard user account – you need to do so with an admin user account.

  3. Tanneru Hemanth says:

    even if it is admin it is not instaling.

  4. Nunki says:

    Synaptic Package won’t work on my Ubuntu 12.04 anymore. Am I missing any libraries?

  5. Ilshat says:

    ilshat@lpt:~$ sudo apt-get install synaptic
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package synaptic is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source

    E: Package ‘synaptic’ has no installation candidate

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  7. Ray Willis says:

    Synaptic will not run on ubuntu 12.04 on my Lenovo x220i running 64 bit Ubuntu. It asks for the root password then does nothing.

  8. Amit says:

    Hi
    I need the istructions to install synaptic manager on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS version

  9. Gleydson says:

    This works for me–

  10. Tank Price says:

    Check your repository configuration. These instructions work for me.

  11. vecto says:

    worked for me.

  12. Minka says:

    Hey Tank Price, how and where I can check repository configuration?

  13. Carlos says:

    it worked for me

    the only different thing is that I didn’t use the sudo command

    I went to root

  14. Dr. Jyoti Dhar Sharma says:

    shoolini@shoolini-Precision-T1600:~$ sudo apt-get install synaptic
    Reading package lists… Error!
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise-backports_restricted_binary-amd64_Packages
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    How to resolve this problem?

  15. Brian says:

    Or you could just launch Ubuntu Software Center, search for Synaptic and”click” install.

  16. Tom says:

    Hi :)
    After runing

    sudo apt-get update

    it did let me install synaptic but before doing that i got the old “operation not permitted” errors that others seem to have had.
    Regards from
    Tom :)

  17. haritha kt says:

    shoolini@shoolini-Precision-T1600:~$ sudo apt-get install synaptic
    Reading package lists… Error!
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise-backports_restricted_binary-amd64_Packages
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

    my software center also not working.
    how can i resolve?