APT (Advanced Packaging Tool) is the standard software package management system for Debian and its derivatives.

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Reason for security repositories in Debian?

In /etc/apt/sources.list(lists APT data sources) file there are two repositories listed for security updates: deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main contrib non-free deb-src ...
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apt-get update exit status

How check the status of apt-get update? $ apt-get update ; echo "status is: $?" Err http://security.debian.org stable/updates Release.gpg Could not resolve 'security.debian.org' Hit ...
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Apt broken after upgrading python on 14.04 - No module named 'lsb_release'

I recently needed an updated version of Python3 for a project, so I built it from source; and I believe I made a bit of a mess. All apt based operations now end in an error here: (Reading database ...
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VLC stuck in the wrong version on Linux mint 17 (Qiana)

I'm currently using Linux Mint 17, and have been encountering a bug with VLC, the symptoms of which are a flood of zombie sh processes, progressively slowing down my PC (bloating the scheduler ?) For ...
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Dpkg env variable DPKG_HOOK_ACTION is not set in hook script

According to man dpkg I can use DPKG_HOOK_ACTION to get the current dpkg action being run in my dpkg hook script --pre-invoke=command --post-invoke=command Set an invoke hook command to be run ...
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Lots of unmet dependencies while updating Python

It was suggested that I uninstall and reinstall Python, so I deleted every directed labeled python until 'which python' and 'which python3.4' didn't show anything. Then I did apt-get remove python ...
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“ValueError: _system not initialized” when using apt.VersionCompare

I wrote a bash script that has to compare two version strings to decide to download new version or not. The test relies on a Python script that does apt.VersionCompare(), which does version comparison ...
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x2go unable to locate package x2goserver

I'm trying to install x2go on my test server following this: http://wiki.x2go.org/doku.php/doc:installation:x2goserver (ubuntu) The repo seems to add fine and gives details on how to use it and what ...
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What does “apt” stand for?

What does the abbreviation "apt" stand for? I'm referring to the "apt" directory, the "apt-cache", and the "apt-get" package manager. I always assumed "apt-get" was short for "get application", but ...
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Can't install Amanda in Debian 7.6

I'm trying to install Amanda in Debian 7.6, but when I try to install the needed packages I get the error "Couldn't find package amanda-server, amanda-client and amanda-common" when I put this ...
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OpenVAS 7 not working after apt-get update - Failed to receive data: A TLS packet with unexpected length was received

The problem started when my Kali installation updated OpenVAS to v7: My admin username for the web service stopped working so I could no longer log in. I have tried everything I can think of to fix ...
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Debian 6 upgrade to Wheezy then testing release require kernel upgrade?

Debian 6 upgrade to Wheezy then testing release require kernel upgrade? I was doing a squeeze to wheezy upgrade. Then I got to testing. Each step with upgrade then dist-upgrade. I think I may ...
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apt itself update and download packages

I have Debian SID with the following APT configuration: APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "0"; APT::Periodic::Download-Upgradeable-Packages "0"; APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval "0"; ...
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“Package 'linux-headers-3.13.0-27-generic' has no installation candidate”

I'm trying to resolve an issue that I posted here. I'm basically trying to successfully run this script. To do that, I believe (and I its very possible that I'm wrong) I need to install the ...
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is there any command to execute apt-get update and upgrade?

I've ever wonder why there isn't a command in linux (debian and related distros) that instead of having to create an alias for a command like: sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade why not ...
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Update single package from Ubuntu Utopic Unicorn when running Trusty Tahr

I'm tasked to update a package on a Ubuntu Server Trusty Tahr installation. Specifically rfc5766-turn-server which is really old on Trusty. https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/rfc5766-turn-server ...
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Uninstall apache2 when apt-get claims it's not installed?

I restarted the VPS today only to find out that Nginx refused to start. As it turns out, Apache2 was running on the server already. Naturally, I stopped it and started Nginx, but I never installed ...
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How will apt-get handle my manual installed software?

Suppose the Emacs version in the APT repository is 24.3, I configure && make install my own emacs 24.4. After a long time, the software in the APT repository was updated to 24.5. What would ...
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Why libpam-systemd run interactively on apt upgrade, even when specified force-confdef/force-confold

I upgrade my packages using aptitude, specifying the apt options --force-confdef and --force-confold. This generally works, but the package libpam-systemd (204-5ubuntu20.8, on Ubuntu 14.04) still ...
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Restore original configuration for every package in system

I have been running a rolling release distro for a couple of years now and switched from LXDE to GNOME to KDE over the years. As you can imagine over the time a lot of configuration files have been ...
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apt-get purge complains about unmet dependencies

I am trying to strip out all my IME packages, to do a fresh install of a different IME (fcitx). I tried this: apt-get purge ibus-anthy anthy anthy-common libanthy0 \ ibus-mozc mozc-data mozc-server ...
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user-level guide to maintaining Debian package update security? [closed]

Recently I listened to an interview with Kim Zetter (audio download here) on cybercrime/warfare, particularly Stuxnet and Flame. While listening to the discussion of how Flame exploited Windows ...
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Debian apt-get broken after trying to install skype

I tried to install Skype on my x86_64 computer, only to be faced with disaster, I followed the instructions on the Debian website, https://wiki.debian.org/skype for the 64bit instruction set, but ...
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Format terminal output to show apt-get upgrade errors in RED

I have a very simple bash script written for my Kali Linux distro so I don't have to run apt-get update, apt-get upgrade, apt-get dist-upgrade, apt-get autoclean, and apt-get autoremove every time I ...
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“connection timed out” while updating package list from Kali repositories [closed]

I am running Kali Linux on Oracle Virtualbox. I managed to make the internet running. Iceweasel needed a proxy. This is done too. My problem is following: apt-get install [something] tells me ...
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Can't install any package with sudo apt-get install

I'm running Raspbian on my Raspberry Pi I just set up this day, the problem is that every time I try to install any package I get an error , for example, sudo apt-get install samba gives me : The ...
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identify packages and dependencies

I have a list of packages installed via apt and would like to eliminate all packages that are dependencies of another package already in that list: https://gist.github.com/rubo77/bd9183fe2794467f482c ...
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/etc/apt/sources.list won't accept URLs with https connection

In Debian Wheezy, my /etc/apt/sources.list file looks like this: deb https://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free deb-src https://mirrors.kernel.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib ...
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What is the 'apt-get' equvalent of 'aptitude keep-all'?

From aptitude man page. keep-all Cancels all scheduled actions on all packages; any packages whose sticky state indicates an installation, removal, or upgrade will have this ...
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Adding my software to Debian

How do you add a package to the official Debian APT repository? For example lets say I have a peice of software called quicktxtedit ,and I have a DEB file for it, and I want to add it to the offical ...
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Remove Gnome Components detect by Packagename

I have tried out the dpkg, aptitude and apt commands. On the gnome desktop I decided to remove one component. sudo apt-get remove gnome-games or something else, all works fine. But if I don’t ...
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Make python module as an installable API

I am developing an API in Unix environment for virtual machines. Most of the modules are developed in python. I have few questions on this. I want to make this as an installable API, I mean to ...
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How can I upgrade a complete list of packages from stable to backports

I have installed Qt 4.8.2 from Debian Wheezy on my system. Now, some application requires Qt 4.8.3 on my machine, so I looked at the versions and found that Qt 4.8.6 is avaliable in Wheezy-Backports: ...
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List installed packages only from disk image

My Raspberry running Raspbian crashed but I would like to know which packages I had installed on that SD card. Is there a way to detect that without actually booting the system?
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Error in : sudo apt-get update

I am Using Linux Mint 17 : when I use sudo apt-get update I am getting the following error: W: Failed to fetch ...
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Install Elixir lang on Linux Mint

I've followed the instructions on the Elixir site for Ubuntu by downloading and installing their erlang-solutions_1.0_all.deb but no install target is found when trying to install. $ sudo apt-get ...
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How can I install mplayer on debian sid?

I have this error message when trying to install mplayer on debian sid: # apt-get install mplayer Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some ...
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What files does affect apt-get purge¿?

I want to know before doing apt-get purge <packet> what files thats gonna have effect on. The reverse thing would be, what packet do I have to do purge if I want to remove that file (apt-file ...
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Unable to install packages from raspbian repo

I am unable to install certain packages on raspbian. On trying to install ristretto, links2, pqiv, fim packages i get the following error "Unable to detect package" $ sudo apt-get install ristretto ...
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Force apt-get to prompt yes/no

Is there a way to force apt-get to display yes/no prompt? A --force-yes option exists, but there seems to be no --force-prompt or similar option. If you attempt to install a package that has all ...
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reinstall removed core packages

I have accidentally deleted some Linux Mint Cinnamon default packages. (I have run `remove evolution-*' to remove Evolution related packages, but it includes some core packages). So now I don't have ...
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Why “backporting process does not consider upstream releases”?

From http://opensourcehacker.com/2013/03/20/how-to-backport-packages-on-ubuntu-linux/ backportpackage will download the latest version of the package from Ubuntu archives. The latest ...
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When will we use apt-get to download source? [closed]

In what situation, will we like to use apt-get to download source? Can's we install from binary installation by apt-get too? If we are to install from source, can't we download source from its ...
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apt-get update reports that http://ppa.launchpad.net list is being updated but there isn't an entry in the sources.list

I am trying to update Debian 6.5 and get the following errors. Err http://ppa.launchpad.net wheezy/main Sources 404 Not Found Err http://ppa.launchpad.net wheezy/main amd64 Packages ...
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How to cleanup apt-get update 404 errors in linux mint

I have looked at all questions about this matter and no one really answered it clearly. Is there a way to remove all the repositories that return a 404 error in apt-get? I tried fix404 ...
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How to minimize apt source.list

I think these lines can trim to few lines. So I need some advice. How can I improve these sources.list? apt/sources.list, Latest Debian release: deb http://security.debian.org/ wheezy/updates main ...
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apt pinning package versions

Is it possible to pin a version of a debian package? Is it possible to pin only the major version? (like with pip install "pyramid < 1.4.0" will install the latest 1.3.x but will not upgrade the ...
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Apt-get failing in bash script?

I have several machines (running Ubuntu LTS 12.4 64-bit) which need to be configured in the same way, so I created a shell script which will run automatically the first time the machine boots. It ...
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cannot find php5-sqlrelay package

why i cannot find php5-sqlrelay package is there any issue with my update aptitude update Hit http://security.debian.org wheezy/updates Release.gpg Hit ...
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Force the download and reinstallation of all Debian packages

I have a Kali Linux installed recently, but due to its inflexible mirror selection, all deb packages are downloaded from a mirror that I don't trust. Is it possible to tell apt / dselect to ...