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When attempting to run sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable, I'm presented with the following message

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 google-chrome-stable : Depends: lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1) but it is not installable
                        Depends: lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.6) but it is not installable
                        Depends: libc6-i386 (>= 2.11) but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

When I attempt to install lib32gcc1 for example, I get the message

Package lib32gcc1 is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source

E: Package 'lib32gcc1' has no installation candidate
  1. What is causing the issue i.e. why are the packages broken?
  2. How do I resolve the issue?
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Have you installed all aviable update for 12.04? – Ramhound Oct 16 '13 at 17:13
Yes, is your 12.04 up to date? – Seth Oct 16 '13 at 17:15 – user151227 Oct 16 '13 at 17:52
@Ramhound - Yes – PeanutsMonkey Oct 17 '13 at 0:08
@Seth - Yes it is – PeanutsMonkey Oct 17 '13 at 0:08
up vote 8 down vote accepted

This is due to a packaging bug in the Chrome repository.

You may use this solution from the chromium bug tracker until the Google-chrome-stable package is updated on the repository.

You can repackage and install it like so:

$ apt-get download google-chrome-stable
$ dpkg-deb -R google-chrome-stable_30.0.1599.101-1_i386.deb 304017
$ sed -i 304017/DEBIAN/control \
  -e 's/30.0.1599.101-1/30.0.1599.101-2~304017/' \
  -e 's/lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1), lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.6), //' \
  -e 's/libc6-i386 (>= 2.11), //'

$ sudo chown root:root 304017/opt/google/chrome/chrome-sandbox
$ sudo chmod 4755 304017/opt/google/chrome/chrome-sandbox

$ dpkg-deb -b 304017
$ sudo dpkg -i 304017.deb

Credits goes to this user.

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Today I upgraded Chrome with my regular package manager without any problem. Seems that the google-chrome-stable package has been updated in the repo, fixing the packaging issue. Maybe this question can be closed? – baxeico Oct 23 '13 at 8:59
I'm still having issues using apt-get. – PeanutsMonkey Oct 27 '13 at 18:54

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