I've tried to install the budgie desktop on my raspberry pi 4 for almost a week now. people on discord told me to run a set of commands that allegedly worked for them. However, I have a fresh raspbian install, but I cannot get it to work. I was told to run these commands:

sudo apt-get install task-gnome-desktop
sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop slick-greeter gnome-terminal

running the first command gives me a dkpg error; basically

dkpg: error unpacking archive /var/cache/apt/archives/gnome-software_3.30.6-5_armhf.deb (—unpack)
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dkpg returned a error code (1)

So I run apt clean and I try again but no dice.

is there a fix for this? should I run something else?

  • Ah, let me see. I have been playing with Rpi for about 5 hobbyist years. And from time to time I tried to install interesting packages and failed, sometime wasting long hours. I learned many lessons, including the following: (1) Packages that can be installed in one Raspbian version might not work for the next upgrade. (2) Even with the exact OS version and release, there might be software driver conflicts and hardware conflicts, especially Rpi3 to Rpi4. – tlfong01 Feb 14 at 2:33
  • From time to time, I read tutorials and instructables claiming that they can do things very impressive, but they won't tell you which OS version they are using. And sometimes even they know new OS version not long work, they won't tell you, for some reasons. – tlfong01 Feb 14 at 2:34
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    @lockheedsilverman Check this link out. – M. Rostami Feb 15 at 17:23
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    @M.Rostami cool, thank you. i will try that – lockheed silverman Feb 15 at 17:32
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    @tlfong01 yeah, you are right. thats always been frustrating for me as well. – lockheed silverman Feb 15 at 17:33

budgie-desktop is available from the default Raspbian repository. This means it should be installable without worrying about dependencies about other needed packages. This is why we use the package manager environment (apt, apt-get, dpkg etc.). If you look at the description of the package you will find:

rpi ~$ apt show budgie-desktop
--- snip ---
This package installs the minimal GNOME based package-set together with
the key budgie-desktop packages to produce a working desktop

So just install it with:

rpi ~$ sudo apt install budgie-desktop

and it should do. If you use a Raspbian image with the default desktop then it will install budgie-desktop in addition to it, I think. If you like to save resources then you can try to install budgie-desktop on Raspbian Lite so you only have this one desktop.

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    i tried it. it installs some things, however when i run ‘sudo update-alternatives —config x-session-manager, there are no budgie options as far as i can tell, just defaults – lockheed silverman Feb 15 at 17:41
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    @lockheedsilverman What are "things"? Are there error messages? Does the setup failed? Have you had a look at the logging? You should find something at /usr/share/doc/budgie or similar. Have you had a look at it? – Ingo Feb 16 at 0:02

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