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I want to install all MATE packages,

$ sudo apt-get install '^mate'

However, it selects too many packages, and some packages are conflicted with some installed ones.

Now, I want to exclude them. Any idea?

No surprise, this won't work:

$ sudo apt-get install '^mate && !-dev'

Or, can I simply let apt-get ignore those conflicted packages?

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You could try something like:

list="" ; for pkg in $(apt-cache search ^mate | grep -v -- '-dev'); list="$list $pkg" ; done ; sudo apt-get install $list
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apt-cache search doesn't support ^, well, maybe shorter? sudo apt-get install $(apt-cache search ^mate | grep ^mate | grep -v -- '-dev' | cut -d' ' -f1) –  Xiè Jìléi Aug 5 '12 at 4:04
    
ah, thanks. i was working off memory, without an 'apt' using system to test on right now. :) –  Tim Kennedy Aug 6 '12 at 4:18
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You can only pass a regular expression as an argument to apt-get install.

You can make a regular expression that does what you want, but it's tedious. The negation of a regular expression can be expressed with a regular expression, but the size of the complement regex grows exponentially with the size of the original in general.

apt-get install '^mate(.?.?.?|.*([^v]|[^e]v|[^d]ev|[^-]dev))$'

You can use Aptitude's search patterns to generate the list of packages with a semi-decent syntax, and pass the resulting list to apt-get install or aptitude install.

aptitude install '^mate !-dev$'
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