How to fix "Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages"

longfellow

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On Linux, it seems that Gnome Disks, MultiWriter and Etcher are not properly designed to write Windows ISO's now i want to use unetbootin or and WoeUSB. ... When I try to install them on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS I get this error messages according to the Ubuntu Software Center my software is "up to date" come on wtf is going on then?! :

sudo apt-get install unetbootin
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
unetbootin : Depends: libqt4-network (>= 4:4.5.3) but it is not installable
Depends: libqtcore4 (>= 4:4.7.0~beta1) but it is not installable
Depends: libqtgui4 (>= 4:4.5.3) but it is not installable
Recommends: extlinux but it is not going to be installed
Recommends: unetbootin-translations but it is not going to be installed
Recommends: gksu but it is not installable or
kdesudo but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.



sudo apt install woeusb
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
woeusb : Depends: libwxgtk3.0-0v5 (>= 3.0.4+dfsg) but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
 


arochester

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Normally, a post can be bumped after a few DAYS, not a few minutes.

Please be aware that the people who answer questions are volunteers not paid professionals. People need time to answer. Be patient!

A simple search would provide answers like https://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-broken-packages-ubuntu/. Did you try searching?

There are 13 year old boys and girls on this forum. Pleas don't swear.
 
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captain-sensible

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there is more than one way to skin a cat ,they used to say before it was all PC. Thus one route is via apt-get and another is simply to download (for 64 bit) unetbootin-linux64-677.bin
then its just a case of :
bash-5.0# chmod a+x unetbootin-linux64-677.bin
bash-5.0# ./unetbootin-linux64-677.bin
Unable to load library icui18n "Cannot load library icui18n: (icui18n: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory)"
it said " icui18n" but gui still came up as can be seen from image . On unetbootin in general its failed for me and others also reported unetbootin failed where other approaches succeeded.

So i can see your trying to use a usb tool for booting ?

recent alternative thats easy in that once a usb is formated you simply drag and drop iso is :Ventoy


i've got four iso's on a usb stick including knoppix , slackware install dvd iso and Mint they all boot only kali failed . Worth av look.
Just to clarify , what is the objective
 

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sp331yi

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On Linux, it seems that Gnome Disks, MultiWriter and Etcher are not properly designed to write Windows ISO's
I think OP has it bass-akwards -- Windows does not do ISOs correctly, but seemingly insists on making surperior software incompatible with itself. It has done this beginning with Netscape Navigator and WP 5.1. Therefore, no surprises here for the initiated!
IMO, a typical M$ attitude, bumping in minutes and expecting things to work their way.
Nice quick find, arochester!
 

Condobloke

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Is unetbootin/or others, included in the Software Manager ?

OR......

Try using SNAP....it is included in Ubuntu 20.04

 

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sp331yi

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Why not dd the iso to USB and start over after saving any files using a puppy?
 

Biomutt

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On Linux, it seems that Gnome Disks, MultiWriter and Etcher are not properly designed to write Windows ISO's now i want to use unetbootin or and WoeUSB. ... When I try to install them on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS I get this error messages according to the Ubuntu Software Center my software is "up to date" come on wtf is going on then?! :

sudo apt-get install unetbootin
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
unetbootin : Depends: libqt4-network (>= 4:4.5.3) but it is not installable
Depends: libqtcore4 (>= 4:4.7.0~beta1) but it is not installable
Depends: libqtgui4 (>= 4:4.5.3) but it is not installable
Recommends: extlinux but it is not going to be installed
Recommends: unetbootin-translations but it is not going to be installed
Recommends: gksu but it is not installable or
kdesudo but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.



sudo apt install woeusb
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
woeusb : Depends: libwxgtk3.0-0v5 (>= 3.0.4+dfsg) but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.
bump. I'm having the same problem
 

sp331yi

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Don't try to use Windows-written ISOs. It is the other way around -- windoze ISOs are not good enough to be able to use -- they're inferior, just like the ntfs file system is inferior to ext4.
 

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Indeed. Where did you get those pkgs from? They're not in Focal's repos I just checked
ksnip_20200815-171652.png

as you can see in the image above searching for them in apt's cache returns no output which means they're not there so, where did you get them from? Did you add a foreign PPA? The error message is clearly indicating that the unetbootin version you're trying to install has unmet dependencies since they're not present in Ubuntu 20.04, for instance, libqt4-network is/was on Bionic https://pkgs.org/download/libqt4-network and so is/was libqtcore4 https://pkgs.org/search/?q=libqtcore4 as well as libqtgui4 https://pkgs.org/search/?q=libqtgui4 so you can either download those separately, install them one by one along with all their respective dependencies which most likely aren't available in 20.04 either or find another easier alternative and already available for your system, such as ventoy. Same thing with woeusb, libwxgtk3.0-0v5 was/is available in Bionic https://pkgs.org/search/?q=libwxgtk3.0-0v5 again, you could download that one, install it along with its dependencies which most likely aren't in 20.04 or find another alternative, for instance, if you want/need to create a Windows install media, like a USB install media, you can mount the iso
Code:
sudo mount -o loop /path/to/windows.iso /mnt/loop
you need to create that mount point first of course,
Code:
sudo mkdir /mnt/loop
once the windows.iso is mounted, navigate to that location, open the folder, plug your USB stick in and open it a new window or tab and copy the contents of the windows.iso onto it. That easy.
 

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@Tolkem - friend Hornet, the OP has not bothered to respond since the day he posted over 3 months ago.

:)@Biomutt welcome to linux.org

I'm having the same problem
... but are you?

Are you using Ubuntu 20.04? If not, what?

Did you try to install Unetbootin by first installing the PPA (Personal Package Archive)?

Show us some of your own output or screenshots, so that we can know we are addressing your circumstances.

Cheers

Chris Turner
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