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

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apt: reinstall older version of a package without altering dependent packages

I have got some problem with sound. In order to investigate the problem I tried to reinstall older version of package libasound2 (I have upgraded it recently). I typed apt-get install ...
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How can I prevent Apt-Get from autoremoving packages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: apt-get - autoremove wants to uninstall Gnome I'm running Debian@ [edit: kernel] 3.0 with Gnome. apt-get wants to autoremove dozens of packages. How can I prevent it ...
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The difference between deb versus deb-src in sources.list

I don't understand the difference between these two lines in my sources.list, please explain: deb http://mirror.optus.net/debian/ testing main contrib non-free versus deb-src ...
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apt-get equivalent of yum localinstall

When using Fedora I usually use yum localinstall as a way to install a rpm obtained outside the distribution repositories. I can't find an equivalent option in the apt-get man page. I'm running Ubuntu ...
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Conflict? dpkg, apt, apt-get, aptitude, and synaptic

So, I ssh into a (very) remote Ubuntu 10.4 server to do some admin and web dev+design. And I was looking through the various package manager options. There's a lot. The big ones are dpkg, apt, ...
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virtualenv type tool for apt-get?

Is there anyway or any popular tool that can allow me to create an isolated package environment for apt-get similar to what virtualenv does for pip and python packages?
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List available updates but do not install them

I want my cron-run reporting script to notify me in case there are updates for my packages. Is the a way to make apt-get give me the list of available updates but don't do anything more?
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In synaptic, is there a way to always expand “Details” when installing a package?

While using synaptic and update-manager in Debian (I'm using unstable), I always like to see what it is doing while installing and always manually expand the "Show installing files" and "Details" ...
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Private Debian repository to serve selected packages to selected machines

I have a private Debian repository setup with a few custom built packages (along with other official Debian packages). All my machines have this repository(only) configured in /etc/apt/sources.list. I ...
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How to list files and folders that are not maintained by any DEB package

I am in the process of moving my files from one Debian machine to another so that I can use the old machine for a different purpose. I do not want to miss any file because I will be formatting the ...
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Install downloaded packages with dependencies

I sometimes download .deb packages from the internet and install them with dpkg -i package.deb If the packages have unmet dependencies. How can I install the dependencies automatically (similar to ...
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Upgrading ffmpeg

How can I upgrade ffmpeg to version 0.6 on debian-based operating system? I'm using apt-get for installation and deb packages.
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apt-get prompts for CDs when installing packages, how do I make it stop?

I used ubuntu linux before, and I installed debian OS on my labtop using DVDs that I burned. But when I'm trying to use apt-get to install software, the system always asks me to insert disk to ...
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apt-get has unmet dependencies, but apt-get -f install doesn't solve problem

I've tried to install emacs on Ubuntu server 64bit 11.04, but it's complaining about emacs23-common. If I do: sudo apt-get -f install I still see the same problem: Errors were encountered while ...
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Prevent a package from being installed?

I installed Python 2.7 from source. A dependency of some packages is python. Is there a way I can prevent the install of a lesser version of Python, or let apt know it's already been fulfilled?
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Finding an earlier version to downgrade to

On my Debian server, I upgraded the SQLite package to version 3.7.7 but discovered that it contains a critical bug that breaks several things including my Subversion repository. So, I would like to ...
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PHP package won't install correctly

Yesterday I did apt-get upgrade on my Debian/testing and broke a php5 package. I even tried to remove & purge with apt and dpkg clean apt cache. When installed again clean, it fails with ...
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How to install/default to the command line version of Emacs?

I installed Emacs using sudo apt-get install emacs. The problem is that when I launch Emacs from the command line (e.g. emacs main.c) it opens Emacs with a GUI. I prefer the command line version which ...
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What does deb-src mean in the sources.list?

I know I can download binary packages from repositories beginning with "deb", but what does deb-src do? E.g.: deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu natty universe in /etc/apt/sources.list in ...
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Apt/Aptitude: how to filter packages that are impossible to install?

Especially when running Sid, there are many packages that become non-installable as the dependencies change ABI versions, or the dependencies themselves may have been dropped. It'd be good to know how ...
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How do I hide packages from appearing in apt system?

The list of uninstalled packages appearing in my aptitude is massive, but is full of packages that I'm very sure I will never ever install. E.g. my laptop is using intel graphics, so it doesn't make ...
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apt-get - autoremove wants to uninstall Gnome

As empathy 2.30 in Debian Wheezy didn't meet all my preferences I tried out empathy 3.1 from experimental, using the command: apt-get -t experimental install empathy I had to find out, this version ...
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Problems with apt-get upgrade on Debian (404 Not Found)

I can't update my Debian Sid system. on running the apt-get upgrade I am getting: maciej@wladyslawa:/etc/apt$ sudo apt-get upgrade Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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Why does 'apt-get install' suggest packages that I already have?

On Ubuntu Desktop 10.04.1, I have just run apt-get install to install a package. Amongst the list of suggested packages is ssh. I'm confused, because I am sure that I already have ssh installed: # ...
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Installing KDE on Ubuntu Natty from cdrom

Currently I have Ubuntu 11.04 - Natty, with Unity as the default environment; but I just want to install KDE along-side it, and I don't have perfect bandwidth. So I took Kubuntu 11.04 cdrom from my ...
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Link a dependency in Synaptic to the one already installed from source

I want to install SVN version of Quantum GIS and already I have a SVN version of GRASS GIS. As instructed in QGIS Wiki here, I added the qgis repository to my sources.list file. Now I am able to see ...
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List packages by installation date

How can I list installed packages by installation date? I installed a lot of stuff to compile a certain piece of code, and I want to get a list of the required packages, which are the ones I installed ...
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Can't install uwsgi on ubuntu

root@ip-10-194-97-94:~# apt-get install uwsgi Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that ...
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Error installing gmrun via apt-get

$ sudo apt-get install gmrun Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done gmrun is already the newest version. 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to ...
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Where can I find which packages are on each Debian Squeeze CD?

I just installed Debian Squeeze on my E1505. In order to get my wireless card working, I'm trying to install network-manager-gnome (I already installed firmware-iwlwifi) My current question is, how ...
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listing packages in Debian, a la `dpkg -l`, but including the package origin/source

I want to list all packages of the form $ dpkg -l libav\* but in addition to this output, I would like the origin/source (I'm not sure of the preferred term) of each package. If the package doesn't ...
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Convince apt-get *not* to use IPv6 method

The ISP I work at is setting up an internal IPv6 network in preparation for eventually connecting to the IPv6 internet. As a result, several of the servers in this network now try to connect to ...
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Unmet dependencies

I am trying to compile vim and install with "--enable-pythoninterp" flag, which needs the python-dev package. INFO I obtained the vim source from ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unix/vim-7.3.tar.bz2 Vim7.3 ...
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Is there a Debian security APT repository that allows access via ftp?

If I want security updates for Debian, I add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list: deb http://security.debian.org <codename>/updates main Is there a repository that allows the http to ...
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How often does Debian update its Stable repository?

Ever since release day (early Feb 2011), I haven't got any updates (apt-get update && apt-get upgrade). I've tried another repository (ftp://ftp.de.debian.org/debian), and it's the same thing. ...
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How to add an iso file as APT source

Say I have this line in "/etc/fstab": /iso/apt.iso /mnt/apt iso9660 loop 0 0 And I run these commands as root: mount --all apt-cdrom add --no-mount --cdrom /mnt/apt I expected the disk to be ...
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Fixing debian installer

I have a VPS with Debian GNU/Linux on it. I'm trying to install a PHP file manager so that people could access it and download stuff into a directory. I don't have anything in my /bin about PHP so ...
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What is Fedora's equivalent of 'apt-get purge'?

In Debian, there's at least two ways to delete a package: apt-get remove pkgname apt-get purge pkgname The first preserves system-wide config files (i.e. those found in "/etc"), while the second ...
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How to install some packages from “unstable” Debian on a computer running “stable” Debian?

On a computer running "stable" Debian, when trying to install a package which is in the unstable list on the Debian web site using the "aptitude install /unstable" command, I get output similar to ...
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Odd problem regarding 'apt-get update'

I was having some serious network troubles, and now running sudo apt-get update gives this error: ... Hit ftp://ftp.is.co.za experimental/contrib i386 Packages Reading package lists... Error! E: ...
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How to set default APT source

Running cat /etc/apt/apt.conf gives: APT::Default-Release "stable"; I thought doing that would disallow the command apt-get install wajig to work, if a newer version was available anywhere but ...
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Where is the setting that sets Experimental repo to lower priority?

Suppose that I have enabled Experimental in my "/etc/apt/sources.list". When I need to install anything from it, I have to explicitly specify on the command: apt-get install wajig # vs apt-get ...
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Why did 'apt-get install ffmpeg' fail?

I dont understand how or why apt-get install failed. It mentions ssmtp which is simple smtp which i use to send mail from my server to my google apps account. I dont understand what is wrong or how to ...
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Strange messages on (un)installation

A lot of times when I (un)install packages, I get strange warning messages. Here's a snippet: Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0 ... Processing triggers for man-db ... Processing triggers for ...
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Install MySQL from Bash Script

I'm coding a bash script to automate the process of deploying VPS servers but I'm having some trouble while trying to install MySQL from either aptitude/apt-get or yum, this is what I have so far: if ...
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How to list currently not installed packages?

I'd like to output a list of all, currently not installed, packages (they are visible in Synaptic for example) using only shell commands. How do I do this?
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Check package version using apt-get/aptitude?

Before I install a package I'd like to know what version i would get. How do I check the version before installing using apt-get or aptitude on debian or ubuntu?
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What is yum equivalent of 'apt-get update'?

Debian's apt-get update fetches and updates the package index. Because I'm used to this way of doing things, I was surprised to find that yum update does all that and upgrades the system. This made ...
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I can't use or find the google debian unstable/sid repository

I'm trying to use the debian unstable/sid branch of the google repositories (deb http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/ unstable non-free main), but I get errors: Err "http://dl.google.com" ...
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What are pros/cons of dselect and apt-get?

I hardly ever hear anyone mention dselect, a deprecated package management front-end for Debian. Considering that it still exists as part of dpkg source, it must still have its uses. What are those? ...