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

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Why “backporting process does not consider upstream releases”?

From http://opensourcehacker.com/2013/03/20/how-to-backport-packages-on-ubuntu-linux/ backportpackage will download the latest version of the package from Ubuntu archives. The latest ...
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apt-get build-dep is unable to find a source package

I have already followed this guide to disable middle mouse button paste on my Ubuntu 12.04. Works like a charm. Now I am trying to achieve the same on my Linux Mint 17. When I try to sudo apt-get ...
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How to find files that are not owned by any package?

In my system I have files that not belong to any package, they are mine or from compiled programs installed with make install. How can I find all files that do not belong to any package?
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Get package version of file

I've deleted a file in /etc provided by package packageA. Is there a way that I can reinstall only that file, provided I know where it is and which package provides it? I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 and ...
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apt-get shows important packages as “no longer required”

I recently installed Kali Linux in my system. It came with a preinstalled Iceweasel. However, instead of Iceweasel I wanted to install firefox so I followed this guide and installed firefox ...
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Unmet dependencies after using a backports repository

I have added a backport repository to apt's sources.list to get an application: deb http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ wheezy-backports main Long story short: I did not manage to install the ...
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Flag a package as being configured on Debian even if it's not

For various reasons, I have a package on my Debian system which cannot configure itself properly. I know why and I don't want to correct the problem right now. However, I want to avoid apt trying to ...
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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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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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How do I remove persistent config data from APT?

When I remove packages from my system with APT-based programs, they often leave behind some kind of residue (referred to as "residual config") that seems to serve no purpose other than annoying me. ...
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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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virtualenv type tool for apt-get?

Is there anyway or any popular tool that can allow me to create an isolated package environment for apt-get similar to what virtualenv does for pip and python packages?
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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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How to run a command before download with apt-get?

How can I run a command before apt-get starts to download a package? I know about the dpkg pre-invoke hook ( hook a script to apt-get ), but that seems to be run after the download. $ apt-get update ...
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apt-get returns strange error

I am on kali linux and when I run apt-get update it returns this: W: Unknown flag value: yes W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems after running apt-get update several ...
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I can't install new packages and can't update and upgrade

I'm trying to install some program on Ubuntu, but when I try it I got the following error.- E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable) E: Unable to lock ...
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No installation candidate for compiz

I tried to install 3d effect on my Debian Wheezy using command $ apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-fusion-plugins-main compiz-gnome compiz-gtk But it gives 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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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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Banshee Won't Update (Linux Mint 12)

Anyone else having problems getting the latest version of Banshee from apt-get? I'm adding the Banshee PPA, using apt-get update, and then trying apt-get upgrade and then to be totally sure, ...
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Bypass GPG signature checks only for a single repository

I have read the following article: How do I bypass/ignore the gpg signature checks of apt? It outlines how to configure apt to not check the signatures of packages at all. However, I'd like to limit ...
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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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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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How to deal with a package “not upgraded” using aptitude?

I'm (still) on Debian Squeeze. When I try to upgrade the system, here's what I get: [09:20]/root# aptitude upgrade No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed. 0 packages upgraded, 0 newly ...
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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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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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How to distinguish if a systemd unit is run by apt-get or during boot?

Can one somehow distinguish if, a) the daemon was started during boot or, b) (re)started by an apt-get install or upgrade? Can this be distinguished from within the daemon itself? The use case is ...
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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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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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How to convince APT that a cross-arch package is installed manually?

I have a qemu-armhf chroot environment on an amd64 machine (it's mainly for compiling Raspberry Pi code). As such it can run both armhf and amd64 binaries but it's faster doing the latter. There are ...
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Having some trouble authenticating via proxy in order to use apt-get successfully on a corporate network

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 - when a ...
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Cannot install mysql-server-5.5/the following packages have unmet dependicies

I'm using ubuntu 14.04. I tried entering mysql with the following command: mysql -u root -p and I got the following message: The program mysql can be found on the following packages: ...
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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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Installing extra packages of Debian Wheezy from terminal (after a net install) [duplicate]

I've installed the small image of Debian Wheezy from here but had to skip the mirror install of the extra packages. Now that I have the command line how do I get the rest of the stuff? When I tried ...
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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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How to recreate /var/lib/dpkg/status?

I have deleted some files around /var/lib/dpkg/, namely: /var/lib/dpkg/status /var/lib/dpkg/available /var/lib/dpkg/info/* I understand Debian uses these files to keep some information about ...
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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 find out which package a user belongs to?

In Linux distributions, some packages create user accounts. How can I determine which package created a given user? I want to know specifically for Fedora and Ubuntu, but answers for other ...
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change location of the “lists” and “archives” folders

apt is using two locations to store downloaded packages and other files: /var/lib/apt/lists /var/cache/apt/archives These folders can get quite big, even when using apt-get clean regularly. My ...
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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 ...