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

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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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Strange messages on (un)installation

A lot of times when I (un)install packages, I get strange warning messages. Here's a snippet: Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0 ... Processing triggers for man-db ... Processing triggers for ...
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Should I change Debian repository after dist-upgrade?

When I installed Debian, it was Debian 7.0 with the Debian wheezy repository. After these commands sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get dist-upgrade this command shows me Debian ...
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Machine readable number of updates? Alternative to /usr/lib/update-notifier/apt-check?

/usr/lib/update-notifier/apt-check (from update-notifier-common package) was a fine tool. But it's going to be removed from Debian. /usr/lib/update-notifier/apt-check --human-readable 28 packages can ...
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track down executables installer

I have a freshly installed debian system It has vim installed using apt-get install vim Now I have the command xxd installed on the system. I know that this had to have come from the vim ...
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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). http://mozilla....
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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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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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Is that possible to know the user that installed a spcify package?

I don't feel easy with Unix package tools, and I wonder whether it is possible in Ubuntu to list all installed packages, and see the users that installed them ?
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Consequences of setting up POSIX locales

Small background of the situation: We are using several UBUNTU servers having English as working language; however having en_US locale set in machines we encounter problems with apt-cacher-ng ...
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apt-get install gives 404 not found, but URL works

I am trying to set up an apt repository. This repository is actually replacing one that already exists and is functioning fine. I can't manage to install a package from this repo. In my /etc/apt/...
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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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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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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 /etc/apt/sources....
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How to influence order of package upgrade (apt-get upgrade/dist-upgrade)

We are hosting a branch of the debian jessie repository with custom, backported and patched packages. Every product release an ISO installer is created from this repo. We now noticed that an upgrade ...
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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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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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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" tabs....
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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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Logging apt/dpkg activity to syslog

My goal is to log apt/dpkg activity using syslog (rsyslog), so that log entries are sent to central syslog server. dpkg writes to /var/log/dpkg.log, apt writes to /var/log/apt directory. I did some ...
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Why libpam-systemd run interactively on apt upgrade, even when specified force-confdef/force-confold

I upgrade my packages using aptitude, specifying the apt options --force-confdef and --force-confold. This generally works, but the package libpam-systemd (204-5ubuntu20.8, on Ubuntu 14.04) still ...
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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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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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How to find the packages that depend on a certain package in apt?

How can I get, not the dependencies of a package, but the packages that are depending on a certain package? I'm on debian 6.0 Squeeze-LTS (the first-time extension to squeeze for long term support!) ...
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To which Debian package does /etc/nsswitch.conf belong?

I tried to find out to which package /etc/nsswitch.conf belongs on my Debian machine, but dpkg --search /etc/nsswitch.conf won't tell me. Does anyone know?
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How to install php5-memcached on Debian 7 with PHP 5.5?

My attempts to install the PHP 5 Memcached module on my Debian 7 VirtualBox VM failed: root@testvm:~# apt-get install php5-memcached Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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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 is apt installing a package during a purge?

I'm switching from Apache2 to nginx. So I issued this command: sudo apt-get purge apache2 Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following ...
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“Package 'linux-headers-3.13.0-27-generic' has no installation candidate”

I'm trying to resolve an issue that I posted here. I'm basically trying to successfully run this script. To do that, I believe (and I its very possible that I'm wrong) I need to install the linux-...
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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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Can't perform apt-get because of dependencies

I'm trying to install some packages on my server (Debian8) and for some of they, I always have dependencies problems. For example, I have executed this command: apt-get install jetty9 And It ...
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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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/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 non-...
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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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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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Install mdadm without postfix in ubuntu trusty

I want to build a RAID system on top of Ubuntu Trusty. When I do apt-get install mdadm A screen pop up asking me to configure postfix. Because I will run this installation in automation script. Is ...
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How to upgrade Kali Linux

I've installed Kali Linux (normally I use ArchLinux, but I need Kali for work) and every time I want to upgrade, a few packages can't upgrade and are kept back. To force them to update I have to ...
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write error: No space left on device. Removing 'extra' packages. Attempting recovery

The Issue: When I type: dpkg-query -Wf '${Package;-40}${Priority}\n' | sort -b -k2,2 -k1,1 I get a list of all installed packages on my machine, example: ... raspberrypi-artwork ...
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Get name of package containing a given binary

Given the name of a binary (or any other program). How to find out which package provides this binary? Note: Assuming one uses apt/dpkg for package managing. Edit Additional to the correct answer ...
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Which ports should I open for apt-get to work?

I installed Webmin, and then set up the firewall like this: INPUT SSH port ALLOWED Webmin port ALLOWED HTTP port (80) ALLOWED DROP EVERYTHING ELSE FORWARDING no rules OUTPUT no rules If I remove ...
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How can I get recursively list an apt package's dependencies with their installed versions?

I would like to list the recursive dependencies of a given package, with the currently installed version of each dependency. I'd also like one entry on each line, so it's sortable and diffable. ...
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apt-get error: trying to overwrite shared 'filename', which is different from other instances of package 'package'

I tried installing several Ubuntu packages on Debian Wheezy, but it failed and now I have broken packages. The problem is, running apt-get -f install fails as well, with this error: Preparing to ...