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I tried to make update on my system (4.15.0-29-generic #31-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jul 17 15:37:27 UTC 2018 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux ) via software updater but the update failed. So I tried to make the update via apt-get command but also not successfully. There was this output:

Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y Get:1 http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/main i386 ubuntu-release-upgrader-gtk all 1:18.04.24 [9 360 B] Get:2 http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/main i386 ubuntu-release-upgrader-core all 1:18.04.24 [24,3 kB] Get:3 http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates/main i386 python3-distupgrade all 1:18.04.24 [105 kB] Fetched 139 kB in 0s (881 kB/s) Extracting templates from packages: 100% Preconfiguring packages ... Setting up install-info (6.5.0.dfsg.1-2) ... /usr/sbin/update-info-dir: 3: /etc/environment: Syntax error: Unterminated quoted string dpkg: error processing package install-info (--configure): installed install-info package post-installation script subprocess returned error exit status 2 Errors were encountered while processing: install-info

What was wrong?

Thank you

  • Please post your terminal session as a code block, and describe what “failed” means. – G-Man Says 'Reinstate Monica' Aug 19 '18 at 20:44
  • Could you please edit your question and include the command you've executed? Also give the contents of your /etc/environment file using cat /etc/environment – Dipankar Nalui Aug 20 '18 at 6:07
  • From the output we understand that there is Syntax error in the file /etc/environment. – Dipankar Nalui Aug 20 '18 at 6:10
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Check, if you have all needed folders in enviroment PATH like this:

# sudo echo $PATH
/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin

If not, you need correct this through adding appropriate folders to PATH variable.

Additionally check syntax at this file:

# sudo nano /etc/environment

All missing a " must be there.

  • Thank you, there was missing quotes in JAVA_HOME path in /etc/environment file. – Sir Montes Aug 25 '18 at 7:53

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