Fixing “Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages” Error in Ubuntu and other Linux Distributions

While there are various ways to install applications in Ubuntu I prefer to use the apt command in the terminal for installing software.

If you do the same you may come across a dependency error like this.

Usually on Its FOSS youll find simple and easy to follow solutions to complicated problems. Unfortunately this one is not that straightforward.

In this troubleshooting article Ill tell you why this error occurs and give some pointers on how to go about solving this issue.

You were trying to install an application package most probably from a PPA or third-party repository.

Applications often need specific versions of libraries and software component called dependencies. These dependencies may not be part of the application package itself but they are expected to either be installed on your system already or installed during the installation of the application.

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