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

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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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apt-get doesn't upgrade openssl on debian 7

I'm facing the following problem. If I run the command sudo apt-get upgrade, I get: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following ...
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apt-get: install modified package with dependencies

I have downloaded a Debian package lxde, together with all its dependencies: apt-get install --no-install-recommends lxde --download-only So now, I have all packages in my /var/cache/apt/archives. ...
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Reinstall versions of software not found in repositories

I recently installed the utouch-daily PPA, and it's given me some problems. How can I revert to the packages available in the default repository? I've removed the repository from ...
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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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Failure to startx on Ubuntu 14.04 after security update - missing libXfont.so.1

I had Ubuntu 14.04 running perfectly on my system and then it underwent a recommended security update. I let it update while I was at work and when I returned I found a black screen stating, "No init ...
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Issue installing OpenVPN via apt

Pastebin I wanted to install OpenVPN on my Debian Wheezy server at home, so I could create a tunnel with my phone or tablet from outside my home. We use OpenVPN at work, so I figured it would be easy ...
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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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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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Manage local package repository

I just installed a fresh Waldorf (Crunchbang, Debian Wheezy-based) on a computer which has no Internet access. Previously on a Xubuntu 10.04 VM, what I did when I needed some software was: go to ...
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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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Connect to the Internet on a VPN connected server without Internet

I've a remote server which is not connected to the internet, but I can connect from via SSH to it through a VPN tunnel. On this client I got internet. Is it possible 'get internet' from the client ...
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Why there is no https transport for debian apt tool?

With all paranoia that has come with NSA revelations and everything, I'm wondering why debian package installation mechanism does not support HTTPS for its transport, let alone using it by default. I ...
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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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What is the preferred way to install new versions of software?

I have installed Ubuntu Server 10.10 and now I want to install some software like PostgreSQL, Nginx and PHP. But what is the preferred way to get the latest stable version of the software? E.g I ...
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dpkg cannot find ldconfig/start-stop-daemon in the PATH variable

I was trying to install bsd-mailx utility the package got installed however I am wondering about the error. This is the error I get: Preconfiguring packages ... dpkg: warning: 'ldconfig' not found ...
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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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Why does installing python-minimal package also grab the python package on Debian?

From running: apt-cache depends python2.6-minimal | grep Depends and apt-cache depends python2.6 | grep Depends it looks like python2.6 depends on python2.6-minimal and a lot more. However, ...
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Is there a way to see why certain dependency of a package is needed?

I was about to install mysql-client-5.5 package which has debianutils package as a dependency. However, I first checked which binaries are installed with debianutils package. It installs nine ...
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List all software installed from particular component (non-free, contrib)

Is there a way to list all non-free and contrib software installed in Debian via apt? /etc/apt/sources.list is as follows deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main non-free contrib deb-src ...
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debian: what is “/var/log/apt/term.log” good for

My system is Debian Wheezy. I have noticed that when I run apt-get, additionally to /var/log/apt/history.log another log file gets created /var/log/apt/term.log. It seems to me that term.log contains ...
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Can I determine what changed in an upgraded package using apt or dpkg on Debian 6?

I just did an apt-get upgrade on my Debian 6 development server and noticed that a certain package named tinyproxy was upgraded. I have a particular interest in seeing precisely what changed in that ...
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apt-get without installing recommendations for a certain package

I can edit /etc/apt/apt.conf and add the line: apt::install-recommends "false"; But that will always skip recommendations. How can I do this only once for the installation to a certain package ...
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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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Finding yum equivalents of apt repositories?

I have code to setup an Ubuntu server that relies on apt-get. It has lots of packages as documented on our project wiki, for example these: development environment and the ruby dependencies. However, ...
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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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How can I view packages from a specific repository?

In my /etc/apt/sources.list if I add the path: deb http://debian.meebey.net/pkg-mono ./ Can I view packages from this specific repository alone?
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Using the apt package manager refuse an update for a specific package

I am attempting to upgrade a few packages using the apt package manager. However there is a specific package in the list that I don't want to upgrade. In fact I don't want anyone to ever upgrade it. ...
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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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uninstalling iceweasel with apt-get autoremove

When I try to uninstall iceweasel it wants to uninstall dependencies like 'gnome' and 'gnome-core', which of course I don't want. I tried to follow several instructions in apt-get - autoremove wants ...
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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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How to run a command before download with apt-get?

How can I run a command before apt-get starts to download a package? I know about the dpkg pre-invoke hook ( hook a script to apt-get ), but that seems to be run after the download. $ apt-get update ...
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How to change automatically installed package to intentionally intalled?

I'm using Debian Jessie. I'm installing some software Z from source. Installation instructions inform that it depends on Debian package X. I checked in aptitude and I have this package installed, but ...
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Why did this command delete every package?

I was trying to get a Windows program to run on PlayOnLinux and after it didn't work I went to remove Wine with this command: sudo apt-get remove --purge wine* and without thinking I agreed ...
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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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Automatically update GCC to a later release without upgrading distribution

My understanding is that C++11 support in G++ 4.7.2 wasn't great (it gives me a warning everytime I try to compile my C++ code, presumably there are good reasons for these warnings), so thought I ...
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apt-get: hash sum mismatch

Running "sudo apt-get update" results in: W: Failed to fetch gzip:/var/lib/apt/lists/partial/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_saucy-security_main_binary-i386_Packages Hash Sum mismatch W: ...
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Why do I need to add a GPG-key with apt-key before adding URL to sources.list and download-installing an application with apt-get?

I went on to download an application today. It had it's instructions listed, step by step, number one being: adding a GPG-key with apt-key. It was followed by adding the application to apt/sources and ...
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How to custom build debian's busybox?

I'm building an embedded system based on debian 7, and I'd like to make the most out of busybox that comes with debian. The problem is default busybox build in debian seems quite minimal, for example ...
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How to make apt recognize an installed tar package?

I've installed Oracle Java. I want to be able to remove OpenJDK, but when trying to do so apt wants to install another version of Java. How can I configure apt so that it knows I already have a ...
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Are Ubuntu PPA Repositories usable on Debian wheezy?

I'm using Debian wheezy and i wonder are Ubuntu PPAs hosted at Launchpad safe to be added & used on Debian?
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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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When I am in VirtualEnv and do apt-get install, is there any difference?

If I have a virtualenv activated when I do something like sudo apt-get install python2.7-dev should I expect different results than if I did it outside the virtual env? Limited theory says no, ...
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How to enable an federated storage engine in the Debian MySQL package?

How would I enable an extra (in this case FEDERATED) storage engine in the mysql-server-5.1 package from Debian? I've installed mysql-server-5.1 via apt-get. But the SHOW ENGINES shows that federated ...
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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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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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How to control the list of locales which are generated by APT?

Each time I install or operate in other means l10n-related packages, the APT system "rebuilds" a lot of English locales, which takes considerable time. Look at the APT log: Configuring ...
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Get kernel source: apt-get install vs apt-get source

I'm looking forward to download a Linux Kernel to get to know how to modify it and how to compile it. I am using Debian distribution and I'm interested in the Debian-modified Linux Kernel rather than ...
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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 ...