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

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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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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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Host freeware API over apt-get [closed]

I am new to Linux and Unix environment. I have built a Pro*C API for C++ and Oracle interaction, which much more easy to use than the conventional Pro*C technology. If you are using Pro*C then you ...
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dpkg / apt-get wants to install and overwrite different package

I want to install Pound. Doing this: apt-get install pound produces this: root@myhost:~# apt-get install pound Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... ...
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Pin or hold? What's the proper way to tell apt-get dist-upgrade that I want to keep a particular package over another? [duplicate]

At the moment, when I do apt-get dist-upgrade on my Raspbian it prompts me to throw out upstart again and install sysvinit. I don't get the same with apt-get upgrade. However, I find the behavior of ...
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How can I reliably “hold” a package in Debian?

I have a package in Debian that has been manually patched (not ideal, I know) that I must hold at its current version so upgrades don't overwrite the patched changes (I will manually inspect and apply ...
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Can't install any packages

Can't install any packages on Debian 7.2 through the apt-get root@sandbox:~# apt-get install curl Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some ...
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apt-get update won't update - undo /apt-add-repository

When I run apt-get update, this happens: Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release Hit http://security.debian.org ...
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PulseAudio conflict with ia32-libs?

When I was ready to install the PulseAudio server, APT reminded me that this package is conflict with these packages: amarok browser-plugin-gnash browser-plugin-vlc gimp gnash gnash-common goldendict ...
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Apt-get dist-upgrade fails

I'm trying to upgrade from Mint 13 to Mint 15, but receive the following error: Calculating upgrade... Failed The following packages have unmet dependencies: mate-media : Depends: ...
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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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Is there an online/web interface to search and list apt-get packages and see summaries and recommendations?

I'm looking for sort of an 'app-store' or Google Play store type functionality for apt-get packages. What I'd really like to do is select a category, like 'Music' or 'Internet' and see the list of ...
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List installed meta packages in APT

Meta packages are packages that do not install anything by themselfs, but are dependent on other packages. How do I list the installed meta packages on my system?
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Restore /etc/ configuration files from the default

Is there a way to replace /etc configuration files from a package, overwriting my local changes? I've tried apt-get install --reinstall mypackage but it doesn't update the files. How can I do this?
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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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Fixing a broken packet system (apt-get)

After I made a system upgrade (apt-get upgrade) on a debian box, I get an error everytime i tries to use apt-get. Example: # apt-get -f install Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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Ubunutu software-centre is not working, showing black screen

I am trying to open ubuntu software-center but it get paused and after that shows complete black and nothing is happening. Same thing has happened when I try to run from command line. This is the ...
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Fix broken apt: insserv: Service killprocs has to be enabled to start service single [duplicate]

After I made a system upgrade (apt-get upgrade) on a Debian box, I get an error every time I try to use apt-get. Example: # apt-get -f install Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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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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Determining archive / suite from `deb` line

Is there an easy way to determine the "Archive", "Suite", "origin" (or whatever else APT uses) just from the deb line? For example, someone (trusted, of course) gives me this deb line: deb ...
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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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apt upgrade: start a new shell to examine the situation. Where?

When I do a dist upgrade, I often get prompts about config files like this: Configuration file `/etc/php5/apache2/php.ini' ==> Modified (by you or by a script) since installation. ==> Package ...
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Is there a update manager whitout gnome dependencies for xfce?

I'm looking a update manager for Debian Xfce. I installed xfce on a computer which will be use by laypersons. Therefore, I want another way (graphical) to launch apt-get update && apt-get ...
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Install specific version of X11 for xmonad?

I wanted to compile xmonad from source, so I checked out the code and ran the first command from the README. $ runhaskell Setup.lhs configure --user --prefix=$HOME Configuring xmonad-0.12... ...
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Ubuntu warning. W: Duplicate sources.list entry

After installing Oracle VirtualBox, when I do sudo apt-get update, I get the following warning W: Duplicate sources.list entry http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/ raring/contrib i386 ...
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How to download latest version of cmake?

I have installed cmake like this - sudo apt-get install cmake But whenever I try to compile my c++ code.. I always get the below error - CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:2 (cmake_minimum_required): ...
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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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Is there a way to get apt-get to install from different distributions in one single command?

I'm building a package from source in Debian Wheezy, which has a few build-deps that cannot be satisfied by stable. Therefore, I use a few packages from unstable, testing and wheezy-backports. The ...
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Debian Sources List

Working with Debian here. I'm having trouble with apt-get. I did go into the sources list and comment out anything referring to a CD drive. It no longer points to a CD drive; however, whenever I run ...
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Gdm uninstallation fails (“pre-removal script returned error”)

I installed gdm on my vps and now I want to remove it but get this error: root@server2:/etc/init.d# apt-get remove gdm3 Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state ...
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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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apt-get dist-upgrade wants to remove too much packages

I'm upgrading from Mint 13 to Mint 15 using apt-get dist-upgrade. It want to remove 277 packages, which I find quite a lot. Among those packages are acroread, xmlcopyeditor, wine1.4, skype and others. ...
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Pruning the package tree with apt-get and yum

I love the Macports and Arch package managers, because I can generate a listing of all of the packages that I have manually installed, and "prune" the package tree every once in a while to keep my ...
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Install single debian experimental packages? [duplicate]

I'm continually getting this error: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.14' not found What I did before was add the Debian experimental repo and update to 2.17. But through a long ...
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WakeOnLan error

I've been working on a wakeonlan script, which worked fine, until now. Then program wakeonlan, which is not made by me, isn't functioning properly. When I use perl -w /usr/bin/wakeonlan I get this ...
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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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Apticron notifying about uninstalled packages

I'm using apticron to notify myself about available updates. However, I've got an installation on a VPN that seems to notify about packages I DON'T have installed. For example, it keeps (daily) ...
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E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored…” when tunning “sudo aptitude update”?

This is what the end of output after I run sudo apt-get update on Ubuntu 12.04: Ign http://apt.typesafe.com unicorn/main Translation-en 35% [Working]W: Failed to fetch ...
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apt-get purge <packages> works fine, aptitude still has <packages> marked as installed and reinstalls them

I've created a Rubygem to help with removing old kernels that have built up over years and are eating disk space. (My laptop had 19 kernels on it alone, and on a small SSD...) I want to use apt-get ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Lubuntu PowerPC with no apt repositories?

I've installed Lubuntu 13.04 on my G4 Mac Mini, however it didn't have any apt repositories, except from the CD. I've copied over the repositories from my i386 installation, but it can't find some of ...
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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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Installer packages: .bin, -rpm.bin, tar, tar.z

Is it correct that most of Unix&Linux software supports x-copy deployment? If I download the installation package and uncompress the files into a particular directory - would that be enough to ...
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Upgrading error

When I do apt-get update // apt-get upgrade i received this error whatever I do: root@debian:~# apt-get upgrade Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... ...
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Explanation of the default Debian sources?

So I've looked online and haven't found a clear explanation of the default Debian source list. Specially, what do main, updates. proposed-updates and security mean in the context of ...