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

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Naming conventions / translation between dpkg and apt packages?

I've been trying to figure out package management in debian a little better. I figured out that you can list all the packages on your system by using the "apt-cache pkgnames" command: ...
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Can I upgrade to a newer Ubuntu version on a Ubuntu-based distribution?

I'm currently running elementary OS Luna, which is based on Ubuntu 12.04. Can I upgrade my installation to have a Ubuntu 13.04 base, but still use elementary OS's desktop environment and applications? ...
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Meaning of the extra apt-get options in early APT history

Following is the first few entries in /var/log/apt/history.log from a fresh installation of Debian 7.0: Start-Date: 2013-05-09 20:02:18 Commandline: apt-get -o APT::Status-Fd=4 -o APT::Keep-Fds::=5 ...
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Automatic Update Script using Cron, Exit Codes, and Logging

I'm managing multiple machines running Debian, Raspian, and Mint. On some of the machines I want to have updating and upgrading automatically. I've drafted a script that I want to do this and log if ...
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Why can I only use apt-get when I use “su”?

Not sure what info you need here, if any. Just let me know. I have a proxy that bypasses the corporate net set in my profile file for both su and normal user. When I do a sudo or regular apt-get ...
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Are bsdutils, coreutils, and busybox all necessary in a Debian install?

I first installed Debian with a netinst CD without networking, then edited /etc/apt/sources.list to point to the main repository, then ran dhclient eth0 to set up networking. Then I installed less. ...
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Debian squeeze (stable) broken packages after installing something from wheezy (testing)

root@server:/home/ante# apt-get install build-essential Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some packages could not be installed. This may ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Installed using apt-get, then ran out of storage

I attempted to install a large package, forgetting that I had little space left, and now I am a little stuck. When I attempt to remove any packages I get the following error: E: dpkg was ...
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Trouble migrating from Yum to apt-get

I recently migrated from using Fedora to Debian. And I'm having some issues with the package manager. I used to be able to search for packages via yum using : yum search ...
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Fixing broken packages in a Debian testing distribution

I'm playing around with Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) in a VirtualBox instance to try it out and see if it'd be good for a main operating system for me. I'm pretty competent with most system ...
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Understanding the output of apt-cache depends and apt-cache showpkg

I'm using Lubuntu 13.10 which doesn't include gedit by default. But I have installed it using sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gedit Now, when I run apt-cache depends gedit, zenity and ...
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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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Install using synaptic ignoring dependencies

I was trying to install texmaker a latex editor in my debian system from synaptic. It shows in the dependency list texlive-base, texlive-common. etc as dependencies. But I have already installed ...
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How do I update my Debian kernel?

Essentially I have an Ubuntu laptop and a board running Debian. I have installed the same kernel module and a utility for managing it on each, using aptitude. Unfortunately, the versions of the ...
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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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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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jetty repositories for Debian lenny 5.0?

This is my current sources.list, and I wish to install libjetty-java, libjetty-extra-java, and jetty, in that order. However, the packages are not found, and I resorted to downlaoding the debs from ...
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Having some trouble authenticating via proxy in order to use apt-get successfully on a corporate network

Context Our server is on a corporate network, which requires corporate proxy authentication (e.g. enter corporate username and password). This is not an issue on the Windows machines on that network ...
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How can I upgrade MySQL in Debian using apt-get?

I'm using the Turnkey Linux virtual machine. The version of Debian in there is apparently on the "Wheezy" upgrade path (if that's what you call it). I'm not completely comfortable with Linux, as you ...
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btrfs change after system upgrade broke apt-btrfs-snapshot

After upgrading (via apt-get dist-upgrade) a Mint 14 Linux box to Mint 15, apt-btrfs-snapshot seems to have stopped working: 18:25:48 [root@galaxy ~]$ apt-btrfs-snapshot list Sorry, your system lacks ...
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Find packages not maintained in main repo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: listing packages in Debian, a la dpkg -l, but including the package origin/source E.g. Ubuntu Server offers only security updates for software contained in the main ...
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Mastering apt-get

I'd like to learn about apt-get so nothing bad can surprise me. I was looking for some tutorials but have found nothing that teaches it carefully including its internals. I found this article but it's ...
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apt-get install - where does it go?

Just a basic question on this utility... I did sudo apt-get install libhtmlparser-java And I would like to see the source I just downloaded. On Linux (Ubuntu) where ought I look for this?
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Configuring a package that was downloaded using apt-get

I have to reconfigure PHP with some extra options but since I downloaded it on Ubuntu using apt-get I can't seem to find the source anywhere (php -i points the source to a tmp folder which no longer ...
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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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Why there is no https transport for debian apt tool?

With all paranoia that has come with NSA and everything, I'm wondering why debian package installation mechanism does not support HTTPS for its transport, let alone using it by default. I know debian ...
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Debian Squeeze apt-get update issue with HWRAID repositories

I'm running an inherited Debian Squeeze server (read: I just got this new job and the server was setup by the last guy), and I'm having an issue on the apt-get. The error at the end that comes up when ...
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What distro for my PowerBook G4?

I've got an old PowerBook G4 with a 1333 MHz CPU and 1.25 GB RAM. What are some good distro to use? I tried Yellow Dog and Fedora (which didn't work), but I would prefer something more Debian-like, ...
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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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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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apt-get install doesn't install latest version of Owncloud Client

I'm trying to install the latest version of the Owncloud Client (owncloud-client) on a raspberry Pi running Raspbian Linux. When I just enter sudo apt-get install owncloud-client, I get version 1.2 ...
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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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How to free space on a completely full volume?

I am using Linux. And within an uncontrolled event, my 4GB system disk is full. When I try to uninstall some program by sudo apt-get purge program-name, it gives me this error: /usr/bin/mandb: can't ...
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Why does apt-get remove only a few kB?

I installed nginx (sudo apt-get install nginx) and then removed it with sudo apt-get remove nginx. I to need ensure that the application is uninstalled and cannot run. (I'm still able to run service ...
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apt installing more packages than specified as dependencies

I was trying to install texmaker from the repository. For installing the texlive I followed the steps described here. For this the control file I used is this. It has the file texlive-binaries in it. ...
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Why does Debian sometimes ask me to insert the (installation?) cd when I install packages?

I've noticed sometimes when I do apt-get Debian asks me to insert [the installation cd I used] (6.0.6 amd64 dvd1). Sometimes it doesn't, although maybe it's because I've already mounted it earlier; I ...
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How to install google chrome with apt-get?

My Linux version is Ubuntu: > cat /etc/lsb-release DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu DISTRIB_RELEASE=9.04 DISTRIB_CODENAME=jaunty DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 9.04" running as virtual machine. I did as said ...
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Get current versions of applications via apt-get

I am new to debian. What bothers me is that apt-get install shows just really old versions of everything. E. g. "Eclipse Galileo" but currently it's "Juno" and imho there was "Helios" and "Indigo" in ...
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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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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? ...
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dpkg won't install package with dependencies that have newer version

Please someone explain to me this, because it makes no sense: $ dpkg -i freeling-3.1-quantal-x86_64.deb Selecting previously unselected package freeling. (Reading database ... 283003 files and ...
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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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Why can't I upgrade Linux Mint 15 from Cinnamon 1.8.8 to Cinnamon 2.0, and how do I fix it?

So Cinnamon 2.0 is out, and I've followed the steps people have given for upgrading. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade ...
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Unable to install any programs

I'm trying to install programs but no matter what program I try installing I get the following error. For example I downloaded skype 'skype-debian_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb' and ran the command: $ cd ...
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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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How can I know the dependency packages for an installed package?

Let's say I installed foo. The foo package depends on bar, so bar was installed to satisfy foo's dependency. How can I get Ubuntu/APT/dpkg to tell me that bar is installed because foo is installed? ...
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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 ...