Linux Mint Error While Updating - 17 Broken Dependencies

I know several people who today get a notification in Linux Mint that there are updates available, but when they go to do their updates it gives them an error saying there are 17 broken packages on their system so it won’t let them update. The only common denominator I can see is they all have the LibreOffice PPA added to their system so they get the latest version of LibreOffice. Trying to fix broken packages in Synaptic doesn’t work. Has anyone heard of any issues that cropped up in the last day or so with the LibreOffice PPA?

Similar situation only with KDE Neon, also with fresh LibreOffice ppa enabled.

Still trying to figure out a way to delete everything and install a previous version. Tried with:

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*

and also:

sudo apt-get remove fonts-opensymbol libreoffice libreoffice-* python*-uno uno-libs3-* ure ure-dbg

but there’s still locked files

It’s definitely not just on Mint. Having the same issue on Kubuntu 19.10 with the stable PPA enabled. Now, not only will it not allow me to fix broken packages, but it also won’t let me remove LO completely and reinstall, nor will it allow me to perform other updates. Only difference I see is on my machine, I’m showing 19 broken packages currently, and it was 22 before.

I had the same issue on the first PC I updated LibreOffice on. Luckily, I had a Timeshift snapshot, which I restored and everything was fine again.

For now, I disabled the LibreOffice Fresh PPA in the Software Sources and I’ll keep an eye out on an official fix, as I’m not happy with breaking APT and forcing fixes. Hopefully this can be fixed, so we can resume using the PPA.

Not sure if people has figured out how to fix it, but on the meanwhile i really needed a working version to work with some files so finally managed to uninstall this ppa & everything else following the steps described here:

then launched synaptic , went to “settings->repositories” and LibreOffice’s ppa was still there, so marked it, clicked on “delete” and finally got rid of it.

Just installed FlatHub version ( which doesn’t look as good as the previous instance that was integrated with dark-breeze theme, etc… plus… it takes a lot of hard disk space ) … and it just works… which is fine for the time being, but hope to be back to LO’s ppa as soon as this is fixed.

Same problem with Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS

I fixed the problem with the following:

sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite /var/cache/apt/archives/libreoffice-common_1%3a6.4.2-0ubuntu0.18.04.2_all.deb

sudo apt --fix-broken install

That seemed to resolve the dependencies for me and I completed the installation to

Credit to kimbespo on StackExchange.

Thanks for sharing.

Did you do this after wiping the broken install or just executed as it was ?

Sorry, only saw the comment now. Executed the above as-is. The update then completed properly.

To fix the problem on each computer I had to open a Terminal and do each of the following commands in order:

sudo apt-get clean

sudo apt-get install -f

sudo dpkg --configure -a

sudo apt-get update