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Find out what 'apt-get install' did

This might be a really newbie question but here we go: How can I find out what commands a package ran to install the software with apt-get install <package>? For example, if I install a ...
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“Packages have unmet dependencies” but I don't want to install these packages anymore. How do I clean this?

You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these: The following packages have unmet dependencies: fglrx-driver : Depends: libfglrx (= 1:14.4.2-1kali1) but it is not going to be installed ...
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How to find Debian packages that would free up the most space

Say I have a Debian machine where I would like to free up space on '/' by removing useless packages. To find good candidates of packages to review, I would like to focus my attention on the largest ...
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Installing packages in Oracle Linux Server 6.5

This is the first time working on a non-Ubuntu distribution, I need to get the following packages, which in Ubuntu I just used this commands: sudo apt-get install libreadline6-dev sudo apt-get ...
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Fix dependencies without updating package?

I updated my Debian installation at home and it updated chromium to the (IMO) awfull 35.0 version. I removed it by using apt-get remove chromium and apt-get autoremove. I went here and grabbed the ...
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Package installed as dependency is not removed with “apt-get autoremove”

I'm using LXDE and when I installed gnome-screensaver, it had a bunch of dependencies including pulseaudio. I then immediately uninstalled it with autoremove (no intermediate steps), but nothing of ...
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Every package “has no installation candidate”

While attempting to install openssh-server on Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit, I get the following error: Package openssh-server is not available but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the ...
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Correlating filename with package

Say, I'm given a filename like libasound.so.2. Is there a way to query the package manager to correlate the filename with its corresponding package? I'm interested to get answers for any package ...
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Package management without the need of root permission

Am looking for a way to install packages in home folder. This thread suggests using apt-get source ./configure --prefix=$HOME However, it doesn't provide a way to manage dependencies like apt-get ...
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To which Debian package does /etc/nsswitch.conf belong?

I tried to find out to which package /etc/nsswitch.conf belongs on my Debian machine, but dpkg --search /etc/nsswitch.conf won't tell me. Does anyone know?
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How to clone an apt repository to keep all old packages?

This may sound trivial, but I haven't found a solution anywhere yet. Is there a way to backup or clone an apt repository such that I get a clone that (1) contains all current packages and (2) keeps ...
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1answer
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How to disable anti-aliasing in git-gui and gitk

After an upgrade to Tcl/Tk 8.5, git-gui and gitk are using anti-aliased fonts which look ugly on my display. I can select different fonts in the preferences dialog, but the fonts I was using before ...
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apt-get error: trying to overwrite shared 'filename', which is different from other instances of package 'package'

I tried installing several Ubuntu packages on Debian Wheezy, but it failed and now I have broken packages. The problem is, running apt-get -f install fails as well, with this error: Preparing to ...
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apt-get install openssl doesn't upgrade openssl [closed]

re heartbleed, I'm trying to upgrade openssl, WITHOUT upgrading all packages on my system so I am running apt-get install openssl as shown here, it's implied that doing this should upgrade openssl: ...
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1answer
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How to download Debian package's source code?

I want to read source code of some package in Debian, how can i do that?
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1answer
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What exactly does the --names-only option of apt-cache do?

According to the manual, it search regex... search performs a full text search on all available package lists for the POSIX regex pattern given, see regex(7). It searches the ...
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Should I use “apt-get remove” or “apt-get purge”?

For uninstalling an app (or package) should I use apt-get remove package-name or apt-get purge package-name? What is advantage of any of them to other one?
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How to search for available software in repositories though CLI?

I want to be able to search all available software like one would using "Synaptic Package manager" or "Ubuntu Software Center" through Command Line.` I want a better way than pressing Tab after ...
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1answer
54 views

Is there a map of package names across the different package management systems? [duplicate]

I have amassed a small collection of *nix boxes (Fedora, Ubuntu, CentOS and Puppy) and there are a couple of projects I'm considering that I need to install additional libraries. Specifically, this ...
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When removing a Debian package, how can I also remove Python *.pyc files?

I have a Debian package say XYZ.deb which copies some file on installation. As per Debian package policy on package uninstallation only those files will be removed which were copied during ...
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1answer
27 views

track down executables installer

I have a freshly installed debian system It has vim installed using apt-get install vim Now I have the command xxd installed on the system. I know that this had to have come from the vim ...
3
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2answers
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Recently installed applications missing from $PATH

When I install apps using apt-get or NVM or NPM on Ubuntu, I can type the command and it works. Then I log out of the shell and log back in. Now none of the things I installed work when I ask for ...
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Debian's no more needed packages

I'm using Crunchbang Linux on my laptop. I noticed a strange behavior of the package manager: when installing a package from the official repo (libdirectfb-extra in my case) apt told me that a bunch ...
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Is there an online/web interface to search and list apt-get packages and see summaries and recommendations?

I'm looking for sort of an 'app-store' or Google Play store type functionality for apt-get packages. What I'd really like to do is select a category, like 'Music' or 'Internet' and see the list of ...
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How can I know if a virtual package is “installed” on a Debian system?

Some packages, have a Provides: header. For example, the package postfix on Debian Wheezy has Provides: mail-transport-agent. The package mail-transport-agent which doesn't exist physically is ...
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1answer
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Install specific version of X11 for xmonad?

I wanted to compile xmonad from source, so I checked out the code and ran the first command from the README. $ runhaskell Setup.lhs configure --user --prefix=$HOME Configuring xmonad-0.12... ...
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1answer
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Gdm uninstallation fails (“pre-removal script returned error”)

I installed gdm on my vps and now I want to remove it but get this error: root@server2:/etc/init.d# apt-get remove gdm3 Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state ...
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Pruning the package tree with apt-get and yum

I love the Macports and Arch package managers, because I can generate a listing of all of the packages that I have manually installed, and "prune" the package tree every once in a while to keep my ...
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What packages are installed by default in Debian? Is there a term for that set? Why some of those packages are `automatically installed` and some not?

It's a very simple question, but I wonder, is there a term to refer to the subset of packages that is automatically installed by Debian distribution? I though that it had something to do with ...
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Uninstalling software packages, without removing the downloaded .deb in apt-cache?

Currently I am running Wheezy 32-bit, and recently I installed FreeSWITCH from the official repos. However, I realized that for the purpose I had in mind, I needed to rebuild FreeSWITCH myself, from ...
6
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1answer
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How to quickly create a local apt repository for random packages using a Debian based linux distribution?

Some situations call for manually installing a local package using dpkg -i <packagename>. Sometimes it may be further useful to leverage the functionality of apt with that package so the ...
0
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1answer
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Installing libxml2 on secure Debian box

I have a very stripped Debian distro on a small custom computer that I purchased (don't know much about this distro as it was recommended on some site). The name is 'sid' and runs 2.6.37.1 kernel. ...
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How to install Cherokee web server on Debian Wheezy?

I'm trying to install Cherokee webserver on Debian Wheezy. All the docs and websites that I've visited suggest that apt-get install cherokee will do it, but when I do that, I see: $ apt-get install ...
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2answers
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What is the equivalent of apt-file in portage, if any? [duplicate]

Hunting for dependencies when compiling software from the scratch is practically unavoidable. In Debian-based Linux distributions which use the apt-get utility to manage packages, there is also a nice ...
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1answer
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How to use zypper in bash scripts for someone coming from apt-get?

I have a few questions about moving from apt-get to zypper in bash scripts. What is the equivalent of this? sudo apt-get install curl --assume-yes (where curl could be any package) I found the ...
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1answer
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Can't Install netflix-desktop in Debian…Aptitude Has Unmet/Broken Dependencies

I'm trying to install the netflix-desktop package in Debian 'jessie'. I was able to get this to work on my laptop running Debian 'wheezy' a few months ago, but on my desktop I keep running into these ...
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2answers
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Reinstalling all Debian packages

I killed by mistake a dpkg process running in the background and I would like to reinstall all packages to be sure everything is allright. First, I tried to get a list of all packages and reinstall ...
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2answers
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Can I rollback an apt-get upgrade if something goes wrong?

Is there a way, before starting an aptitude upgrade or apt-get upgrade, to set up something so that you can "easily" rollback your system to the "apt" state it was before the actual upgrade, if ...
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1answer
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apt-get dist-upgrade wants to remove too much packages

I'm upgrading from Mint 13 to Mint 15 using apt-get dist-upgrade. It want to remove 277 packages, which I find quite a lot. Among those packages are acroread, xmlcopyeditor, wine1.4, skype and others. ...
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Why I was able to fix a broken package with aptitude but I could not with either apt-get or synaptic?

Yesterday I upgraded my Debian Testing and Audacious stopped to work. Troubleshooting I found that the problem was that it was updated to a recent version but the needed plugins were not. I tried to ...
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2answers
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How do I find out where the contents of a package are installed?

I ran into this bug, where Cantor can't find the sage backend if both are installed through the ubuntu package system. I can get around this bug if I know the path to the sage executable, but even ...
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1answer
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How can I forcibly remove a package from Ubuntu by hand?

I posted this on ServerFault and got some helpful-looking questions, but no answer in terms of what can I do. What, on a low level, can I do to completely exorcise a package that is jamming aptitude ...
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1answer
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How does APT deal with different programs with the same name?

I decided to finally learn vi and as I was doing that I realized that vi wasn't behaving as I expected. I learned from another post that this was because, on Ubuntu, vim-tiny is installed by default. ...
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1answer
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apt-get update and package authentication

Sometimes when you try to apt-get install a program, you get a warning message about how some packages couldn't be authenticated. Doing an apt-get update will sometimes fix the problem, but sometimes ...
2
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1answer
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debian/knoppix sources.list

Knoppix is a Debian-based Linux live DVD. I've liked the pre-installed packages in Knoppix so much, that I've installed it to disk. My question is about /etc/apt/sources.list. In Knoppix, the ...
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Get package sources and repository link

Is there any way (dpkg, apt?) to get a package's sources and URL to repository, if available, in Debian ?
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1answer
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Could not perform immediate configuration on 'libstdc++6' on Nexenta

My original goal was setup service-network-ssh on Nexenta Illumos. As a result of the command apt-get install service-network-ssh I got the following message Reading package lists... Building ...
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Debian: Is it possible/safe to install packages from an older version of the repository?

I'm currently running Debian testing (Wheezy) and am trying to get SCIM working. I want to install the scim-pinyin package, but there is no such package available in the testing repository, although ...
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1answer
218 views

Synchronize software packages between different Linux distributions

Is there any way to synchronize software packages between different Linux distributions? There are several software packages that I need to synchronize between a Linux Mint installation and an Ubuntu ...
4
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1answer
859 views

Automate installation of VirtualBox Guest Additions via command-line

How can I install VirtualBox Guest Additions from a Bash script, in a unattended way? Whenever I run apt-get -y install dkms virtualbox-guest-dkms from the terminal I'm presented with a interactive ...