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#1 2014-02-28 22:58:28

ErraticFox
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Registered: 2014-02-27
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E: Package 'linux-headers-generic' has no installation candidate

Hello, when I type sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic build-essential I get the error

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package linux-headers-generic 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 'linux-headers-generic' has no installation candidate

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#2 2014-02-28 23:33:55

damo
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Re: E: Package 'linux-headers-generic' has no installation candidate

Last edited by damo (2014-02-28 23:35:06)

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#3 2014-02-28 23:43:03

pvsage
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Re: E: Package 'linux-headers-generic' has no installation candidate

I think linux-headers-generic is either an Ubuntu package name or legacy/deprecated in Debian.  You probably want one of the following:

linux-headers-486
linux-headers-686-pae
linux-headers-amd64

depending on your architecture and, in the case of i386, whether you have the 486 or 686-pae kernel installed.

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#4 2014-03-01 00:44:10

iann
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Re: E: Package 'linux-headers-generic' has no installation candidate

Yes, Ubuntu terminology.  There is a linux-headers-(kernel)-common, but you should need to worry about that.  Mostly just installs one of the three listed above and it will pull down the sub-packages that it needs.

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#5 2014-03-01 01:28:57

ErraticFox
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Re: E: Package 'linux-headers-generic' has no installation candidate

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