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

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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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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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How to install Suggests dependencies of a package

If I want to install a package and its Suggests dependencies, I run: $ sudo apt-get --install-suggests install <package name> However, if <package name> is already installed, and not ...
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Why I was able to fix a broken package with aptitude but I could not with either apt-get or synaptic?

Yesterday I upgraded my Debian Testing and Audacious stopped to work. Troubleshooting I found that the problem was that it was updated to a recent version but the needed plugins were not. I tried to ...
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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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Including pending update list in motd

How would you include the list and / or count of pending updates in the welcome banner? Eg. username: User password: ***** Hi 'User', welcome on 'localhost' There are 8 pending updates, you need 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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hook a script to apt-get

I have /tmp on a separate partition, and mounted with noexec. I am using Debian. The installation of some packages fails, because the post-installation scripts of some packages need to run from /tmp. ...
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Unable to install ia32-libs in Debian Wheezy

I was trying to install ia32-libs in Debian Wheezy. I got the error The following packages have unmet dependencies: ia32-libs : Depends: ia32-libs-i386 but it is not installable E: Unable to correct ...
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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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apt-get error 503

I tried installing pyqt4-dev-tools on my machine using the following command: sudo apt-get install pyqt4-dev-tools after a few prompts the installation is aborted with the following message: Err ...
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Is there a clang-snapshot?

I've just discovered the wonderful gcc-snapshot package for Ubuntu. I don't see a clang-snapshot or llvm-snapshot package though. Is there an equivalent for clang?
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Unable to install skype on LMDE,how to resolve these dependencies?

I have downloaded "multiarch" .deb file for latest skype and unable to install it on latest version of LMDE (linux mint debian edition Xfce x86_64). e.g step one : sudo dpkg -i ...
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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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Updates on Chrubuntu suddenly stopped working

Okay, I don't normally like asking for help, but I cannot find a way round this problem. I installed Chrubuntu last Saturday and things worked reasonably well. I was able to update and install ...
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How to remove metapackage entirely in Debian

Is there any way to remove meta package and all its packages? Subset of metapackage is packages which don't depend on metapackage by all means. That's why if remove one metapackage only the package's ...
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Get list of packages that provide (APT)

How can I generate a list of packages that the specific package provides using the apt-family?
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Can't pin Wheezy on Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE)

I'd like to have your advice on yet another pinning problem that hit me recently. I've been through man apt_preferences several times, and I can't find anything wrong in what I did. I was having ...
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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 won't install: dpkg: files list for package 'gnome-themes-standard-data' is not a regular file

I'm trying to install packages to get a webcam stream running on my raspberry pi. All of a sudden, apt-get is totally busted -- every time I try to install, reinstall or purge something that might fix ...
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What does apt need to be healed of a bad setup?

I made a couple of earlier posts regarding a libssl-dev that, it seemed, was not removable. Some of the replies touched on that there was a problem with apt, and now that someone posted the command to ...
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Where can I check what was updated on the last update?

Once in a while, when updating my system after reboot I got a black screen. The problem seems to bee ATI drivers, but it's weird because even TTYs do not work. For fix it I reboot on recovery mode, ...
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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 ...
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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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Finding all “essential” packages with apt

When I run synaptic, there are certain packages which synaptic treats as "essential". For example, if I select bash for removal, I will be warned that bash is an "essential package". If I then press ...
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Get diff changes between original files installed with apt and current files

I installed php5-fpm package using apt; then I made some changes to the PHP configuration files. Now I would get the diffs between the original files versions (the ones of the package installed) and ...
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No internet access for system services; however, browser access works

Unable to reload repos via apt-get, aptitude, or synaptic. Dropbox does not connect or sync. Pithos does not connect to pandora.com. Chrome and Firefox browsers do work fine. I have been unable to ...
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Weird issue with unmet dependencies when cloning package states from earlier installation on same machine

I've been doing the usual routine of saving the package selections and also marking the packages as auto or manual as outlined in the question and answer here: Restoring all data from backup of dpkg ...
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Upgrade a single package from a target release

In Debian Squeeze I have installed a packageX from debian-backports. Q1: When I apt-get dist-upgrade or aptitude full-upgrade, what release is checked for updates for packageX? debian-backports or ...
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aptitude current status warning

After installing some packages, i.e. sudo aptitude install pkg ... , there was a line of message at the end of the output: Current status: 0 updates [-66]. What does it mean?
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How to run a command after apt-get upgrade

Recently I came across the nice checkrestart tool, that checks if running processes use an outdated version of a recently updated library and would need a restart to load them with the updated lib. At ...
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When does “apt-get install” ask me to confirm whether I want to continue or not?

Sometimes "apt-get install" asks me "Do you want to continue [Y/n]?": root@T43:~# apt-get install chmsee Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... ...
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How does APT deal with different programs with the same name?

I decided to finally learn vi and as I was doing that I realized that vi wasn't behaving as I expected. I learned from another post that this was because, on Ubuntu, vim-tiny is installed by default. ...
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Apt-cache search only specified source

I use backtrack and I have a Packages.gz file with some packages on my hard drive. I want to use "apt-cache search" to search only the folder which contain Packages.gz. Is this possible?
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I can't install Mono because something's wrong with the kernel (I think)

$ sudo apt-get install mono-runtime Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these: The ...
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apt-proxy replacement/alternative on Debian

I missed that apt-proxy is not available anymore. What are my alternatives? Google didn't give me anything useful expect years old stuff.
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dpkg sees them, but apt-get can't remove them?

(similar to the question Uninstalling default VBoxGuestAdditions on Debian but a Ubuntu install, and the solution there isn't working for me?) and really the issue seems to be with dpkg/apt-get not ...
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Uninstall MySQL server without removing or breaking any client functionality

I have an Ubuntu webserver which once used a local database, but we migrated it and now the database is stored remotely on a separate server accessed from many different places. The webserver runs ...
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How to resolve issue of system proxy?

I live in an institute where two proxies work. Lets say they are proxy A and proxy B. A works well for almost all websites, however my institution has blocked many of the essential sites in B using a ...
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How do I add a custom package to debian repository?

I run my own debian apt repository server. I have a .deb file that i would like to add into the repository (Adaptec Storage Manager deb). I need the ability to manage that package independent of the ...
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Does apt update manually installed packages

I'm trying to install bnx2 non free driver on Debian wheezy. The driver is in non free repositories. Since there is no network connectivity I should download .deb file and install it on the box. After ...
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libpam-ck-connector causing apt-get to fail

I used apt-get autoremove on my Debian server and now apt-get won't install or remove anything as it keeps trying but failing to remove libpam-ck-connector. When trying to install anything… ...
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Problems installing software

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and I would like to install FSLView. I cannot install it through Ubuntu Software Center, and when I try installing the package via the command line with sudo dpkg -i ...
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What is sources.list?

I know sources.list is a file that contains a list of HTTP links pointing to some software downloads. I would like to know more detailed explanations and various conventions followed in the ...
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Why do I constantly have to update my apt cache?

When I want to install a new package, I'm usually greeted with a response like: oliver@cloud:~$ sudo apt-get install unison Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state ...
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The dependency isn't installed

I'm testing my .deb package and cannot find out why it doesn't install the dependencies: The control file's Depends line is: Depends: zend-grid-module, postgresql-8.4, ${shlibs:Depends}, ...
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apt-get install packages for python2.7

Whenever I install a package for python it only installs for Python2.6 which came with the Debian 6. I am wondering how do I install for python2.7 with apt-get. Presently I am downloading the tarballs ...
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Apt-get, no sudoers file

I am trying to install a module using apt-get. I do the following: sudo apt-get install But I get the following error: sudo: can't stat /etc/sudoers: No such file or directory sudo: no valid sudoers ...
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How to stop apt from uninstalling the packages while updating

I using apt in terminal to install an update. When i used apt-get -f install it showed 0 upgraded, 7 newly installed, 428 to remove and 3 not upgraded. 4 not fully installed or removed. Need to get ...
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Blocking kernel updates with dpkg

I'd like to block all distribution-shipped kernel updates due to a nasty thing that recently happened to me. (I'm on a Ubuntu 12.04 amd64 derivative.) I'd like to block all updates to installed ...