I got an error message concerning a package, and I did run the recommended command with administrative privileges:

$ sudo apt-get -f install
Preparing to unpack .../libgdk-pixbuf2.0-common_2.31.1-2+deb8u7_all.deb ...
Unpacking libgdk-pixbuf2.0-common (2.31.1-2+deb8u7) over (2.31.1-2+deb8u6) ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/libgdk-pixbuf2.0-common_2.31.1-2+deb8u7_all.deb (--unpack):
unable to create `/usr/share/locale/xh/LC_MESSAGES/gdk-pixbuf.mo.dpkg-new' (while processing `./usr/share/locale/xh/LC_MESSAGES/gdk-pixbuf.mo'): Operation not permitted
Errors were encountered while processing:

Why is the permission denied for root user? How can I fix this? Thanks in advance.

$ apt-cache policy libgdk-pixbuf2.0-common
Installed: 2.31.1-2+deb8u6
Candidate: 2.31.1-2+deb8u7
Version table:
 2.31.1-2+deb8u7 0
500 http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org/raspbian/ jessie/main armhf Packages
 *** 2.31.1-2+deb8u6 0
100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Trying this on a Raspberry Pi 2

$ apt-get autoremove
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these.
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 : Depends: libgdk-pixbuf2.0-common (= 2.31.1-2+deb8u7) but 2.31.1-2+deb8u6 is installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f.

Does the fact that the e attribute is set when showing the attributes of the file with lsattr cause any problems?

I can't move the file manually either:

$ sudo mv gdk-pixbuf.mo gdk-pixbuf.mo.old
mv: cannot move ‘gdk-pixbuf.mo’ to ‘gdk-pixbuf.mo.old’: Operation not permitted`

$ ls -lh
-rw-r--r-- 1 root       root      17K Sep 15 17:07 gdk-pixbuf.mo

$ getfacl gdk-pixbuf.mo
# file: gdk-pixbuf.mo
# owner: root
# group: root

$ getfacl LC_MESSAGES
# file: LC_MESSAGES/
# owner: root
# group: root
  • Is your user in the sudoers group? Try running sudo -l -U name where name is your username. You should see printed the level of sudo access available. Jan 31, 2018 at 16:58
  • yes is sudo user
    – cresse
    Jan 31, 2018 at 19:12
  • added the output, seems normal for me
    – cresse
    Feb 1, 2018 at 1:06
  • is it a dpkg that your trying to install?
    – JΛYDΞV
    May 1, 2022 at 3:34
  • To be honest, anytime I have an issue with a cache, I just delete everything from the cache except the cache directory its self. Its not a great practice to use, but usually a problem with a cache will stem from data saved in a file thats being cached. If your deprate, you can always give it a shot, especially if your only on a raz-pi.
    – JΛYDΞV
    May 1, 2022 at 3:41

1 Answer 1


Try cleaning up your packages:

sudo apt-get autoremove

Then run this again:

sudo apt-get -f install

Also that directory looks like its part of the language-pack-gnome-xh-base package, so maybe a apt-get install of that as well.

  • autoremove does not work either, posted the result in my post for better formatting
    – cresse
    Jan 31, 2018 at 19:13
  • Its a problem thats cached, if anything he should use $ sudo apt-get clean
    – JΛYDΞV
    May 1, 2022 at 3:37

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