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Installing Tunesviewer in Ubuntu 16.04

UPDATE: Please install the 1.5.4 package from the home page, which fixes packaging for Ubuntu 16.04

Today is the release day of the new and improved Ubuntu 16.04! As with most releases, it’s not too different, and mostly has numerous under-the-hood updates. If you are noticing an error in downloading and installing the .deb from the home page please follow these simple instructions as a temporary workaround until the problem is resolved:

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+T to get a terminal. Copy and ENTER the following commands:
    wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/tunesviewer/tunesviewer_1.5.3.deb
    sudo dpkg -i –force-depends ./tunesviewer_1.5.3.deb
  2. Enter your password to allow install (your password will not be shown). You should see “Setting up Tunesviewer…” and it should finish shortly.
  3. Click “X” to close the terminal, and find Tunesviewer in the dash, searching for “Tunesviewer”

Now you should no longer see any ‘X-AppleTz‘ error dialogs or python-support dependency errors during install.

As a side note, if you want to be able to go directly from the university iTunes page in Firefox, to tunesviewer, just run:

sudo apt-get install rhythmbox-mozilla

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3 Responses to “Installing Tunesviewer in Ubuntu 16.04”

  • MichaeLeroy says:

    Thanks. This procedures did get iTunesU working for me under Ubuntu 16.04. One note, however, cutting and pasting the commands did not work. This is because there’s a `force-depends` is preceded by a long dash rather than a double dash. I imagine that the post fell prey to some automatic formatting.

  • MichaeLeroy says:

    Alas, this solution worked, until it didn’t. I downloaded a couple of courses with tunesviewer and all seemed well. However, as I discovered a few day later when I attempted an apt-get upgrade, this means of installing tunesviewer left apt in a broken state. I was unable to perform a routine upgrade until I removed tunesviewer. I was able to remove tunesviewer, apply the upgrade and then reinstall tunesviewer. So it is possible, but rather clumsy, to have tunesviewer and maintain one’s system.

    Interestingly, when tunesviewer is installed, apt-get complains that tunesviewer has an unmet dependency:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    tunesviewer : Depends: python-support (>= 0.90) but it is not installable
    E: Unmet dependencies. Try using -f.

    The effect of “using -f” is to remove tunesviewer. As far as I can tell, tunesviewer functions perfectly well on my system despite this unmet dependency.