What does this red icon on my panel mean?

This red icon…. It showed up after I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04LTS; I can’t figure out how to ditch it. It seems to be a notification thing. I am at a loss. The icon is this one:

red mark

I clicked it and read this:

An error occurred, please run Package Manager from the right-click menu or apt-get in a terminal to see what is wrong. The error message was:

'Error: BrokenCount>0'. 

This usually means that your installed packages have unmet dependencies.

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

It’s letting you know that the package system is in a broken state (eg. some of the packages are in a broken state). You can try to resolve this by running the following command in a terminal.

sudo apt-get -f install

Solution 2

I got this same red and white warning icon and identical error code after having tried to install the wrong package accidentally (i386 on amd64 – Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) To resolve I…

  1. ran dpkg --get-selections > ~/Desktop/packages in terminal to get a list of installed packages
  2. removed the package that I had just tried to install using the name of the package as appearing in the above list and this command sudo apt-get purge name-of-package-here
  3. ran the command above sudo apt-get -f install thanks tgm4883
  4. removed some redundant packages with sudo apt-get autoremove (the suggestion appeared in terminal after running the prior command.) Either here or the command before resulted in the warning/error disappearing
  5. I then ran sudo apt-get update which took much longer than usual and everything seems to be back to normal.

Solution 3

Please get correct package name which is been broken. You can use following command to get all package list.

sudo dpkg --get-selections > list.txt

Find correct package name from the list(created in home folder).

And use following command to remove package forcefully.

sudo dpkg --force-all -P PACKAGE NAME

ex- sudo dpkg --force-all -P texlive-pstrick-doc (texlive-pstrick-doc is package name)

Next run update command.

sudo apt-get update

This works for me.

Solution 4

Create a new profile/login. Maybe it’s related to profile only. I tried everything mentioned in all help on diff websites. At the end, I created a new profile and log in. It’s resolved the issue. There is no red circle Icon in the top bar in this profile.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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