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

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How to remove chirp without removing another important system components?

I decided to remove some unwanted packages, e.g. sudo apt-get remove --purge chirp The according package is removed but also The following packages will be REMOVED: chirp kali-linux-full ...
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errors while installing python-pip on ubuntu

When running sudo apt-get install python-pip I got the following error messages, what causes the problem and how to fix it? Thank you very much for any help. Err ...
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When removing a package via “apt-get remove”, why do you have to (sometimes) upgrade other packages in the process?

I could give a specific example, but I do think this is a common process and simply do not understand why it is done. Please comment if I should give a specific example when this is happening. Edit: ...
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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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How to find out which package a user belongs to?

In Linux distributions, some packages create user accounts. How can I determine which package created a given user? I want to know specifically for Fedora and Ubuntu, but answers for other ...
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Invalid signatures when running apt-get update

I'm new to linux and am trying to run an update, I get a lot of "Hit"'s and "Ign"'s but in the end I get these errors, does anybody know what they mean and how I can fix them? W: GPG error: ...
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Non-sense error messages for unmet dependencies in Debian Jessie

My problem is not understanding the error messages: It says I need blah-blah-1.49 (>= 1.49-1) and this is not installable but I have blah-blah-1.55 installed already. I think 1.55 is greater than ...
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Can't install debian because installer doesn't parse IP correctly?

I am trying to install debian on Virtual box using debian-7.8.0-amd64-netinst.iso When I insert my proxy server http://192.168.2.2:3128, it says the installer failed to access the mirror. However on ...
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removing clamav with purge leaves database

I uninstalled clamav with apt-get remove --purge clamav but still I have this 100MB folder: du -shc /var/lib/clamav Why is this not deleted on purge? And how can I find out if some other ...
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How to install a single Jessie package on Wheezy?

I want to install a single package (and its dependencies, but only to the extent those are not satisfiable in Wheezy) from Debian Jessie onto my Wheezy system, without upgrading "everything and the ...
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how to force upgrade of coreutils on old distribution?

I'm running an oldish kubuntu "precise" I need a more up to date version of basename with the -s option. Can I force this somehow? Seems I need 8.14 looking at a version I see on a newer box.
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Using a file to install packages with apt-get

I find it very convenient to install packages on a new machine through package files like brewfiles, caskfiles, dockerfiles, package.json etc. Is there an alternative to this for apt-get since I ...
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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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Fail to install bluez - “action force-reload failed”

I fail to install Bluez on my host: $ sudo apt-get install bluez ... The following NEW packages will be installed: bluez 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 4 not upgraded. Need to get 0 ...
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Maintain two tomcat installations with apt-get

On our server we have two tomcat8 installations on debian wheezy. One tomcat was installed via apt-get install , the second instance was then just copied from the first installation. But this makes it ...
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How can I update to a newer version of Git using apt-get?

I've just set up a new machine with Ubuntu Oneiric 11.10 and then run apt-get update apt-get upgrade apt-get install git Now if I run git --version it tells me I have git version 1.7.5.4 but on my ...
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How to autoremove with apt?

After uninstalling a package I used to do apt-get autoremove to remove other unused dependencies. I understand that apt (rather than apt-get) is the modern way to manage packages on the command-line ...
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How to run unattended-upgrades not daily but every few hours

By default unattended-upgrades runs with cron.daily, that is at most on a daily basis. This can be a lot of time for attackers. I'd like to run it every 4 hours, how can I do this?
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getting error for sudo apt-get upgrade?

when i enter : sudo apt-get upgrade I get the following messages: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading> state information... Done Calculating ...
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Trouble with installing libqca2-dev on ubuntu 12.04

I have installed Qt 4.8.4 from source at usr/local/Trolltec and now that I am trying to install libqca2-dev on Ubuntu 12.04, the apt-get tool fails with a dependency error stating that libqt4-dev is ...
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Fix the debian default version to wheezy

I followed this tutorial http://kemitix.postach.io/install-viber-on-debian-wheezy to install viber on debian wheezy 7.6. My problem is about the part that says: Fix the default version to wheezy. ...
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Broken libc6 makes system unbootable when I install packages via apt-get

I tried to install Skype on my amd64 Debian 7, after believing the page that told me to upgrade libc6 and allow the x86 architecture. When I started downloading such packages and upgrading libc6 my ...
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Installing packages by importing the list with dpkg --set-selections

I've tested this using two virtual machines running Lubutu. On the first I Installed a couple of programmes (VIM and cowsay) then ran : sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo dpkg ...
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apt-get update reports 406 Not Acceptable

I recently noticed that apt-get update and aptitude update report some errors: W: Failed to fetch http://linux.dropbox.com/debian/dists/wheezy/main/binary-amd64/Packages: Bad header line W: Failed to ...
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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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Can't install or download anything in pear os 8

I recently installed Pear OS 8 and have ran into many problems since. Essentially, I can't download or install anything. At first I was getting a "failed to download repository information" error. I ...
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Is possible to install mediawiki deb package without needing apache?

I would like to install the mediawiki package on Debian Wheezy. mediawiki has dependencies on (apache2 OR httpd) and MySQL, but I want to use nginx-extras (which provides httpd) and Sqlite (i.e. not ...
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permision denied error ubuntu update with sudo

Running the below command throws the Permission denied error in Ubuntu Server 14.04.1 LTS sudo apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade and the error is Get:16 ...
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How to add Debian Universe in etc/apt/sources.list?

In /etc/apt/sources.list I added universe to deb http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy main contrib non-free universe When I did aptitude update the log complained about: W: Failed to fetch ...
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is there a difference between these lines in `/etc/apt/sources.list`?

In a guide for installing a wireless card, I'm told to add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list: deb http://http.debian.net/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free This is what my sources.list ...
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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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'E:The package linux-headers-3.5.0-54 needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it. ' when upgrading the system

I am using Ubuntu 12.04, and I try to upgrade to 14.04.1 using the terminal using: do-release-upgrade but I keep getting the following error: SystemError: E:The package linux-headers-3.5.0-54 ...
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How to list softwares installed in my system

As far as I studied, pkg-config command returns the info about all the libraries installed in my Linux system. Can anyone specify me from where does it get these details? Also, where will I get the ...
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Untrusted package apt-transport-https

I am using Debian wheezy and I would like to install the package apt-transport-https, which allows to access apt repositories through the https protocol. What really puzzles me is that the apt-get ...
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Make TCP to reconnect automatically and quickly

In my Debian Linux system apt-get dist-upgrade is sometimes stalled with [Waiting for headers] message. To make it pass faster I press Ctrl+C and start the command again. How to tune the system to ...
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Get apt's key ids and fingerprints in machine-readable format

I'm trying to patch an issue in puppetlabs-apt to enable the use of key fingerprints as identifiers to ensure that a certain key is present by its 40-digit key fingerprint. I'm having difficulty ...
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“Package 'dconf-cli' has no installation candidate”

I want to be able to colour my gnome terminal (on Debian), using this package, and the installation notes require me to first execute sudo apt-get install dconf-cli, but doing so gives me an error. ...
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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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E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)

I wanted to install bluefish editor but I got this error. This is not the first error I got involving packages. I installed Linux Mint 17 two days ago and every time after a reboot there is some kind ...
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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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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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Debian system: install specific packages from source automatically to boost the performance

On Debian /Ubuntu systems, how to set a list of packages which can be installed from sources automatically by apt-get or aptitude? The server is mainly for scientific computing and I would like to ...
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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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“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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How do I find installed packages that have no install candidate?

I'd like to retrieve a list of installed packages that have no install candidate (e.g., because I removed an apt source file entry). How would I do that on Debian-based systems?
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Can I upgrade to a new version of Python on an old version of Ubuntu?

I have Ubuntu 8.04.3 LTS and ran this: $ sudo apt-get install python2.7 I got this: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Couldn't find ...