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

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How can I let people install my package by apt-get?

I have a set of binary packages that I want the user to be able to install from command line via apt-get or yum without having to host it myself on a server. I have heard of reprepro and pushing it to ...
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Package availability in 32 bit Debian 7 (Wheezy)

I am building a new production environment and I have been thinking wether I should use 32bit or 64bit Debian 7. All the servers will have less than 4Gb of memory so I thought I could save some memory ...
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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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Generating a list of alternative packages with apt tools

Given a package how can I list all possible packages that are alternatives to this package? In the alternate, how can I tell if a package or one of it's alternates is installed? Using something in ...
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How can I upgrade an application from new source?

I am runnign debian wheezy. I have PHP 5.4 installed from default repos. And now I have added these to sources list to upgrade to PHP 5.6 deb http://packages.dotdeb.org wheezy all deb-src ...
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On Debian Testing: How to get a recent Iceweasel Release (non-ESR) version without updating to Unstable?

I'm on Debian Jessie / testing. It currently has Iceweasel 17, but I would rather like to use a more recent release (Mozilla "Release" or "Firefox" 'channel' - currently Iceweasel 25). ...
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Reading package lists…Error!

When I run sudo apt-get update I get this error: Reading package lists... Error! E: Unable to parse package file /var/lib/dpkg/status (1) E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or ...
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how to fix “E:Unable to locate package firefox-mozilla-build”

I'm new member of this forum and a very very beginner Kali Linux user so... I wanted to install fire fox and after the typing these commands in terminal apt-get remove iceweasel echo -e "\ndeb ...
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E: Unable to locate package tlp

I an trying to install tlp as explained in the website by addin ppa as follows in Linux Mint 15 sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get update ...
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How do I list installed packages with source URI, distribution and section in Debian?

Pretty much like the title says. I have a set of (source) URIs, distributions and sections enabled in my Debian Wheezy apt configuration. Now I want a list of all installed packages, and for each of ...
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How to update all Debian packages from source code?

For building packages from source code, there is apt-get source --compile pkg-name. But for it to work, one has to run apt-get build-dep pkg-name beforehand, which downloads binary packages. Is it ...
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Is it possible to see which components were uninstalled (last time or as back in time as possible)?

I am running Elementary OS Freya beta2 which being beta may run into trouble. One error that may appear is a message in terminal saying that certain components that are in fact useful and even vital ...
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The command to upgrade to a new kernel from Ubuntu repositories

In the distro I'm most familiar with -- ALTLinux, a command like apt-get install kernel-image-std-def#3.0.... would install another kernel, and update the initramfs and the bootloader config ...
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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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Fresh install of Debian 7.8.0, cant apt-get install build-essential

Fresh install of debian-7.8.0-amd64 into a virtual machine. sudo apt-get install build-essential gives me these errors: Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested ...
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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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Can't connect to the server ftp.ch.debian.org

I want to update apt-get update, but I got an error. When I try to install something I get the same error. This is my network configuration:
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workaround debian pin by architecture

we can install packages for plural architectures on a debian system . $ apt-config dump | grep Arch APT::Architecture "mipsel"; APT::Architectures ""; APT::Architectures:: "mipsel"; ...
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How to remove a package on a debian-based system WITHOUT removing dependencies? [closed]

I have a computer running Linux Mint and I'd like to remove a package WITHOUT removing its dependencies. For the particular package I'd like to remove, there are about 20 dependencies and some ...
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Blender not starting Lubuntu 13.04 PowerPC

I have installed Blender via apt-get on a PowerPC G4 Mac Mini running Lubuntu 13.04, and now it will not start over VNC. Output from running blender in the terminal: Color management: using fallback ...
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apt-get ignores my dotdeb repositories

I got a server from my university computer center, which is a managed server. I'm root on that server. Now I'm trying to add the dotdeb sources for php 5.6. I did this on my own server and it was ...
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dpkg still thinks corrupted upgrade of Textadept pending - how to clean up?

Yesterday I attempted to upgrade my installation of the Textadept editor in my Linux Mint 13 ("Maya") LTS Xfce 32-bit system (based on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise). I get this via the WebUpd8 PPA, and have ...
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Why there is no automatic flag on automatically added libraries?

Under my Debian Jessie system, when I run aptitude I can see a lot of libraries not manually installed but without the automatic flag. So if I remove the main packages the dependent packages will ...
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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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compile source package with multiple cpu cores in debian, “apt-get -b source”

I use apt-get -b source and this command download and compile source with one core of cpu, Is there any way to compile package in debian with apt package manager with multiple cpu cores ? like -j ...
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Increasing the size limit for /var/cache/apt/archives

I have 2 systems running Debian at home and I am trying to minimize the bandwidth use while upgrading the packages. How can I increase the size limit of the cache, so that I could just copy the ...
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Why does bash output data instead of executing, when a script is piped?

I'm running the following script on Ubuntu 14.04: #!/bin/bash apt-get purge -y nginx apt-get install -y nginx date When I run it like cat /tmp/script | bash, apt-get starts installing, then ...
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How to examine an apt repository?

I am trying to set up riak on Debian wheezy. I've followed their instructions to add the basho apt repositories... $> curl http://apt.basho.com/gpg/basho.apt.key | sudo apt-key add - $> sudo ...
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apt-get failed to find any updates for Debian squeeze

# ls -F /etc/apt/ apt.conf.d/ preferences.old sources.list trustdb.gpg trusted.gpg~ preferences.d/ secring.gpg sources.list.d/ trusted.gpg trusted.gpg.d/ # cat ...
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Installing chromium-browser on Debian Wheezy Depends: chromium (>= 10) but it is not installable

On FriendlyARM mini210s # uname -a Linux mini210s 3.0.8-FriendlyARM #2 PREEMPT Mon Feb 25 14:25:10 HKT 2013 armv7l GNU/Linux # more /etc/debian_version 7.8 When running the package manager # ...
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What's wrong with this sources.list?

I always get the error: W: Failed to fetch http://ftp2.de.debian.org/debian/dists/stable-updates /Release Expected entry »maindeb/source/Sources« couldn't be found in release file (wrong entry in ...
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is there a way to see a listing of packages ONLY from Debian-experimental?

I am on Debian testing/Jessie and I have debian-experimental as well as in my /etc/apt/sources.list. So I am looking to list packages in two ways :- a. List all the packages which are in ...
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Unable to install anything using apt

I was trying to install an earlier gcc and g++ (4.6.3) for compatibility reasons and now apt seems to be broken. It appears that apt-get install behaves like this for everything, not just dpkg: ...
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apt pin priority for a single package in a source

I am trying to get firefox through the debian repo for mint to work within debian wheezy I'm using the following source line: deb http://packages.linuxmint.com debian import i've created a file in: ...
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What does “The following packages have been kept back” mean?

When doing an apt-get upgrade I sometimes get a message saying "The following packages have been kept back". For example: $ sudo apt-get upgrade ...
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Removing Kali packages after out-of-the-box install

Recently installed Kali Linux 1.0.9 using the default image. Later on I decided to remove some of the packages, however it seems that it is not possible to remove packages since the kali-linux-full ...
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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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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 ...