apt-get error “E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.”

The problem you have encountered is basically the package, or dependencies that are conflicting or broken and are therefore “held”.

You can check what (if any) packages are held using the following command:

dpkg –get-selections | grep hold


apt-mark showhold

If there’s no packages, or no output. That means it’s probably a dependency […]

Linux Mint: “Could not download all repository indexes”

When running

sudo apt-get update

or attempting to update via the Update Manager in Linux Mint (13), I was fronted with the following error:

Failed to fetch http://packages.linuxmint.com/dists/deb … tion-en_US Unable to connect to packages.linuxmint.com:http: Failed to fetch http://packages.linuxmint.com/dists/deb … slation-en Unable to connect to packages.linuxmint.com:http: Failed to fetch http://packages.linuxmint.com/dists/deb … tion-en_US […]

Unknown encoder ‘libx264’

If you encounter a problem similar to the following, where you’re missing the libx264 codec try this solution.

avconv -r 10 -i image%06d.jpg -r 10 -vcodec libx264 -crf 20 -g 15 timelapse1.mp4 avconv version 0.8.6-6:0.8.6-0ubuntu0.12.10.1, Copyright (c) 2000-2013 the Libav developers built on Apr 2 2013 17:02:16 with gcc 4.7.2 Input #0, image2, from […]

VirtualBox (4.26) USB Issue: “unable to enumerate USB device on port n”

After a couple of hours trying to get a USB device (USB-to-Serial FTDI) working in VirtualBox with OSX host and Ubuntu 12.10 guest and receiving an error message similar to the follow:

usb 6-3: new full speed USB device number 24 using ohci_hcd usb 6-3: device not accepting address 24, error -110 hub 6-0:1.0: […]

what(): Serial Port failed to open: open: Permission denied

what(): Serial Port failed to open: open: Permission denied

Trying to get access to your serial port without the need for running whatever program as sudo or root? You’re probably not in the dialout group, if that’s the case, here’s the fix:

First, check you aren’t in the group:

groups alex

This will list […]

Team Fortress 2 Segmentation Fault – Steam for Linux

After getting invited to join the Steam Beta for Linux, (after weeks of using the bypass) I decided to get playing some TF2. After the long install and download I booted it up. The Value splash screen with the tap-guy loads and the menu begins to load, but once it has finished, the game […]

Setting up a static external IP address on a Raspberry Pi (For Free!)

If you’re planning on setting up your raspberry pi as a server or a project that’ll want you to access it from a static external IP address, here’s a really simple and quick way to get that up and running for free.

First off, this guide uses the free service from no-ip (www.no-ip.com), so […]

HowTo: Restore Your Default .bashrc File in Ubuntu

If you’ve managed to find yourself deleting, overwriting or generally messing up your profiles .bashrc file there’s a really easy way to fix it. A default version of the file can be found under “/etc/skel/.bashrc”, simply coping that over your profiles one (found in your home directory) will restore it to default. Make sure […]

mlbviewer 2012 Installation guide for Ubuntu (MLB.TV on Linux)

Download mlbviewer:

Go and grab the latest version from the sourceforge page below:


Unrar: tar -zxvf mlbviewer2012.tar.gz

It doesn’t require any installation but you will need a few extras and the easiest way to install them is shown below:

Download PyXML:

PyXML is an XML processing tool for python which this project […]

gimp: error while loading shared libraries: libgegl-0.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

After upgrading from Ubuntu 11.10 to 12.04 I found gimp couldn’t access the shared libraries it needed, most likely an error with symbolic links as described by lovelyindia in this post.

Fix 1:

He managed to fix the issue by removing gimp and purging the offending libraries and then letting apt deal with […]