Installing QGIS 2.12 on Ubuntu 14.04 from the debian trusty ppa. Upon opening QGIS I notice the following error under the Processing tab:

Problem with SAGA installation: SAGA was not found 
or is not correctly installed

If I execute sudo apt-get install saga I then get that the version installed (2.1) is unsupported.

I did make sure to "properly" purge QGIS before installing as in QGIS install on Ubuntu 14.04 fails

Looking inside ~/.qgis2/python/plugins/processing/algs folder it does seem like SAGA is installed... but how to get QGIS to recognize it?

  • Processing that comes with QGIS as part of the python-qgis-common package is in /usr/share/qgis/python/plugins/processing/algs Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 22:04
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    by debian trusty did you mean the http://qgis.org/debian. If you want newer SAGA use http://qgis.org/ubuntugis/ and apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntugis/ubuntugis-unstable Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 22:17
  • Yes. I don't necessarily want newer SAGA, just functional
    – raphael
    Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 22:28
  • After purging qgis, changing ppa to ubuntugis and then installing again. No luck. After manually running apt-get install saga, the warning goes away. However, the source of this initial problem QgsFeature.setGeometry(QgsGeometry): argument 1 has unexpected type 'NoneType' when trying to create a buffer still happens... (which appears to be unrelated)
    – raphael
    Commented Nov 23, 2015 at 22:41

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Per @wildintellect's suggestion:

  1. I changed package sources from qgis.org/debian to ubuntugis, so my /etc/apt/sources.list looks like

    deb http://qgis.org/ubuntugis trusty main
    deb-src http://qgis.org/ubuntugis trusty main
    deb     http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntugis/ubuntugis-unstable/ubuntu trusty main
  2. Next I purged qgis using sudo apt-get --purge remove qgis python-qgis qgis-plugin-grass

  3. Purge extraneous packages with sudo apt-get autoremove
  4. Update repositories with sudo apt-get update
  5. Install sudo apt-get install qgis python-qgis qgis-plugin-grass saga (note saga in that command).

After this, no more warning of a missing install.

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