Ubuntu: what does this synaptic error message mean?


I get it after updating in Synaptic Manager

I recently did a clean install of Ubuntu 17.04 from 16.10.

error message:-

W: Download is performed unsandboxed as root as file '/var/cache/apt/archives/partial/samba-libs_2%3a4.5.8+dfsg-0ubuntu0.17.04.1_i386.deb' couldn't be accessed by user '_apt'. - pkgAcquire::Run (13: Permission denied)  


Usually apt uses the user _apt to download packages. In your case _apt doesn't have write permission to either /var/cache/apt/archives/partial/ or an existing file /var/cache/apt/archives/partial/samba-libs_2%3a4.5.8+dfsg-0ubuntu0.17.04.1_i386.deb so it downloaded the file as root.

Make sure /var/cache/apt/archives/partial/ and everything below it are writeable for _apt, e.g. by running

sudo chown -Rv _apt:root /var/cache/apt/archives/partial/  sudo chmod -Rv 700 /var/cache/apt/archives/partial/  

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