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

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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" ...
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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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Install Elixir lang on Linux Mint

I've followed the instructions on the Elixir site for Ubuntu by downloading and installing their erlang-solutions_1.0_all.deb but no install target is found when trying to install. $ sudo apt-get ...
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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 add Debian Universe in etc/apt/sources.list?

In /etc/apt/sources.list I added universe to deb http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy main contrib non-free universe When I did aptitude update the log complained about: W: Failed to fetch ...
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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 ...
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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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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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“Unable to find expected entry 'main/binary-i386/Packages' in Release file”

I added a third party repository and now I'm seeing this warning while updating my packages list: W: Failed to fetch http://codezen.org/debian/dists/sid/Release Unable to find expected entry ...
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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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Any serious risk if Mint 17 thinks it is Ubuntu?

Running Mint 17, just ran apt-get upgrade for the first time in a while, with 350MB download. It stops halfway to tell me /etc/issue is not the package maintainers versions. Ditto for issue.net and ...
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Untrusted package apt-transport-https

I am using Debian wheezy and I would like to install the package apt-transport-https, which allows to access apt repositories through the https protocol. What really puzzles me is that the apt-get ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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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What distro for my PowerBook G4? [closed]

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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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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apt - checking if a similar package has been installed

This question explains how to find out if a given Debian package has been installed, but it does not take into account "synonyms" when installing via apt-get. For instance, if I try apt-get install ...
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“sudo: apt-get: command not found.” after removing some packages

Recently I executed this command: sudo apt-get remove debian-keyring debian-archive-keyring To prevent this such error message: WARNING: The following packages cannot be authenticated! openerp ...
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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 upgrade a single package in debian

I'm currently running debian 8 and I want to upgrade security patches which is provided by debian but problem is that, if I upgrade a single package then it asks to upgrade many packages, as in: $ ...
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compile packages AND keep apt tidy

For the first time in my Linux (Debian) career it seems necessary for me to compile a piece of software myself. The process of compiling is well described on the project-website. However, there is ...
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apt being notified when a package version is available

For very few packages I'd like to know after an apt-get update if a newer version is available, is there already some option to do that? I'm thinking about using apt.conf and Post-Invoke but done ...
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compile source package with multiple cpu cores in debian, “apt-get -b source”

I use apt-get -b source and this command download and compile source with one core of cpu, Is there any way to compile package in debian with apt package manager with multiple cpu cores ? like -j ...
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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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apt-file vs apt-cache

I've known about apt-cache for quite some time, but only yesterday stumbled on apt-file. My question is, given this kind of output from the two... ttsiod@avalon ~ $ apt-cache search setxkb ...
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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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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 ...