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

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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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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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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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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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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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How to make apt recognize an installed tar package?

I've installed Oracle Java. I want to be able to remove OpenJDK, but when trying to do so apt wants to install another version of Java. How can I configure apt so that it knows I already have a ...
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Are Ubuntu PPA Repositories usable on Debian wheezy?

I'm using Debian wheezy and i wonder are Ubuntu PPAs hosted at Launchpad safe to be added & used on Debian?
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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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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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When I am in VirtualEnv and do apt-get install, is there any difference?

If I have a virtualenv activated when I do something like sudo apt-get install python2.7-dev should I expect different results than if I did it outside the virtual env? Limited theory says no, ...
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How to enable an federated storage engine in the Debian MySQL package?

How would I enable an extra (in this case FEDERATED) storage engine in the mysql-server-5.1 package from Debian? I've installed mysql-server-5.1 via apt-get. But the SHOW ENGINES shows that federated ...
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Install downloaded packages with dependencies

I sometimes download .deb packages from the internet and install them with dpkg -i package.deb If the packages have unmet dependencies. How can I install the dependencies automatically (similar to ...
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Link a dependency in Synaptic to the one already installed from source

I want to install SVN version of Quantum GIS and already I have a SVN version of GRASS GIS. As instructed in QGIS Wiki here, I added the qgis repository to my sources.list file. Now I am able to see ...
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How to control the list of locales which are generated by APT?

Each time I install or operate in other means l10n-related packages, the APT system "rebuilds" a lot of English locales, which takes considerable time. Look at the APT log: Configuring ...
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Get apt's key ids and fingerprints in machine-readable format

I'm trying to patch an issue in puppetlabs-apt to enable the use of key fingerprints as identifiers to ensure that a certain key is present by its 40-digit key fingerprint. I'm having difficulty ...
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Restore original configuration for every package in system

I have been running a rolling release distro for a couple of years now and switched from LXDE to GNOME to KDE over the years. As you can imagine over the time a lot of configuration files have been ...
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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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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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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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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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What do I have to consider when sharing the package cache between LXC guests?

I'd like to bind-mount a single copy of the package cache into all of my LXC guests. They already share a single apt-cacher-ng instance on their host. They obviously share the architecture and in fact ...
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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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How to mark “not fully installed” apt-get package as “successfully installed”

I have installed Debian 7.4 on my Iomega ix2-200 NAS, following this blog. The ix2-200 is running an ARM Marvel CPU and has a 128 MB NAND flash memory. The flash contains an initramfs image (uInitrd) ...
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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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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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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 ...