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I am starting to panic now. I need zoom to work for my wife by tomorrow for her writing course. It was working in PCLinux and I am trying to install it in Ubuntu. O downloaded a .deb file and here is what is happening;

rejean@rejean-KJ379AA-A2L-a6400f:~/Downloads$ sudo apt install zoom_amd64.deb
[sudo] password for rejean: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package zoom_amd64.deb
E: Couldn't find any package by glob 'zoom_amd64.deb'
E: Couldn't find any package by regex 'zoom_amd64.deb'
rejean@rejean-KJ379AA-A2L-a6400f:~/Downloads$ sudo dpkg -i zoom_amd64.deb
Selecting previously unselected package zoom.
(Reading database ... 803513 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack zoom_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking zoom (5.4.54779.1115) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of zoom:
 zoom depends on libxcb-xtest0; however:
  Package libxcb-xtest0 is not installed.

dpkg: error processing package zoom (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu5.1) ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon (0.5.3~bzr0+16.04.20160824-0ubuntu1) ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-6ubuntu3.1) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.59ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for shared-mime-info (1.5-2ubuntu0.1) ...
Unknown media type in type 'all/all'
Unknown media type in type 'all/allfiles'
Errors were encountered while processing:


what's happening?


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apt is a tool for packages in the repo, but it isn't the tool you want for downloaded deb packages.  you either want gdebi (gui) or dpkg (command line).


If you prefer a GUI installation method, you'll probably need to install gdebi first:

sudo apt install gdebi


and then open the zoom.deb with gdebi, which will check dependencies, etc...  if all dependencies are satisfied (usually are in an up-to-date distro and a recent package), just click the install button and gdebi handles the rest.


If you're comfortable with the command line, dpkg is the tool you want for deb package management, and "-i" is the flag for installation.  just open a terminal and type:


sudo dpkg -i name_of_zoom_package.deb


and watch zoom get installed that way.


EDIT:  I see you got apt to work with the -f flag.  brute force, but if it works, who says that's wrong?  LOL!

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