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

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How can I install more recent versions of software than what Debian provides?

Suppose I want a more recent version of software than is available for my current version of an operating system, what can I do? Cases to consider: There are semiofficial/official sources of ...
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List packages by installation date

How can I list installed packages by installation date? I installed a lot of stuff to compile a certain piece of code, and I want to get a list of the required packages, which are the ones I installed ...
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What information do I need to solve an APT dependency issue?

I've seen several times people with unmet dependencies, which apt-get doesn't tells straightforward what's the problem, like this one: The following packages have unmet dependencies: ...
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What is the real difference between “apt-get” and “aptitude”? (How about “wajig”?)

I know that both apt-get and aptitude are command line package management interfaces on Debian derived Linux, with different options, but I'm still somewhat confused. Under the hood, aren't they ...
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What packages are installed by default in Debian? Is there a term for that set? Why some of those packages are `automatically installed` and some not?

It's a very simple question, but I wonder, is there a term to refer to the subset of packages that is automatically installed by Debian distribution? I though that it had something to do with ...
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apt-get - autoremove wants to uninstall Gnome

As empathy 2.30 in Debian Wheezy didn't meet all my preferences I tried out empathy 3.1 from experimental, using the command: apt-get -t experimental install empathy I had to find out, this version ...
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Which installed software packages use the most disk space on Debian?

Disk space on my root partition is running low, so I want to delete some applications from the system. How can I see which software packages use the most disk space? Is it possible to view that from ...
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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 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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Convince apt-get *not* to use IPv6 method

The ISP I work at is setting up an internal IPv6 network in preparation for eventually connecting to the IPv6 internet. As a result, several of the servers in this network now try to connect to ...
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apt-get install without debconf prompt

I would like to install chef via apt non-interactively, but by default, apt installation brings up this prompt: Is there a way to skip this step during installation or pass a value to apt install? ...
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Correlating filename with package

Say, I'm given a filename like libasound.so.2. Is there a way to query the package manager to correlate the filename with its corresponding package? I'm interested to get answers for any package ...
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archive.ubuntu.com missing raring-updates

My Linux Mint 15 install on VirtualBox was working great up until about two days ago, when the updater started throwing a ton of errors and refuses to progress with any apt-get update, apt-get ...
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Pacman option to assume “yes” to every question?

When installing software in debian systems we can put something like this: sudo apt-get install -y chromium-browser that way the installation occurs automatically, whitout asking to confirm ...
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The difference between deb versus deb-src in sources.list

I don't understand the difference between these two lines in my sources.list, please explain: deb http://mirror.optus.net/debian/ testing main contrib non-free versus deb-src ...
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Aptitude on Debian 6.0.4 “media change” to CD ROM

I've just installed Debian 6.0.4 on VirtualBox, and I'm trying to install g++. So, into the terminal I typed: aptitude install build-essential But it's trying to get the package from disk: Media ...
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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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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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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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Fixing a broken packet system (apt-get)

After I made a system upgrade (apt-get upgrade) on a debian box, I get an error everytime i tries to use apt-get. Example: # apt-get -f install Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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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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Make and apt-get Have Stopped Working

So I downloaded the non-free broadcom driver(b44) for my debian install, however when I try to make it I get the following error: make make -C /lib/modules/2.6.32-5-amd64/build ...
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What's the story behind Super Cow Powers?

As we know, apt-get has Super Cow Powers and aptitude does not: $ apt-get --help | grep -i cow This APT has Super Cow Powers. $ aptitude --help | grep -i cow ...
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How to see package version without install?

I want to see the version of a package before I install it. How can I do this?
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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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Why do package names contain version numbers?

While working with Ubuntu and other Debian-based distros, I've noticed that packages in the software repos often contain the major version number. For example, Apache: apache2 Tomcat: tomcat7 PHP: ...
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“E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1) ” What does this mean?

I've seen this message several times whenever someone has a problem installing, upgrading or removing some piece of software, but I wonder, what does it mean, and more importantly, how can I solve it? ...
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How can I reliably “hold” a package in Debian?

I have a package in Debian that has been manually patched (not ideal, I know) that I must hold at its current version so upgrades don't overwrite the patched changes (I will manually inspect and apply ...
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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 ...
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Finding an earlier version to downgrade to

On my Debian server, I upgraded the SQLite package to version 3.7.7 but discovered that it contains a critical bug that breaks several things including my Subversion repository. So, I would like to ...
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How can I update to a newer version of Git using apt-get?

I've just set up a new machine with Ubuntu Oneiric 11.10 and then run apt-get update apt-get upgrade apt-get install git Now if I run git --version it tells me I have git version 1.7.5.4 but on my ...
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disable apt-listchanges (and other interactive stuff) during upgrades (reliably)

I have to admit, I really really hate apt-listchanges. If I'm going to do a huge dist-upgrade, I want to just leave the computer there for a few hours. The asker of this serverfault question had a ...
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How to install some packages from “unstable” Debian on a computer running “stable” Debian?

On a computer running "stable" Debian, when trying to install a package which is in the unstable list on the Debian web site using the aptitude install <package>/unstable command, I get output ...
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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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How do you fix apt-get update “Hash Sum mismatch”

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 virtual box vm that I instantiate using Vagrant. git clone https://github.com/spuder/puppet-gitlab vagrant up As soon as the vagrant box runs apt-get update, I get the ...
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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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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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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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Can I determine what changed in an upgraded package using apt or dpkg on Debian 6?

I just did an apt-get upgrade on my Debian 6 development server and noticed that a certain package named tinyproxy was upgraded. I have a particular interest in seeing precisely what changed in that ...
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How to quickly create a local apt repository for random packages using a Debian based linux distribution?

Some situations call for manually installing a local package using dpkg -i <packagename>. Sometimes it may be further useful to leverage the functionality of apt with that package so the ...
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Enabling apt repository priority in LMDE

I want to set up apt repository priority ordering in Linux Mint Debian Edition 2012.04. In /etc/apt/preferences the order should be: LMDE -> Debian testing -> Debian unstable. In other words, I almost ...
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What's up with this 'gnome' package?

I have recently grown tired of the way Rhythmbox starts up every time I plug in my MP3 player. I know I could simply disable this, but I've decided to uninstall Rhythmbox instead. It's such a ...
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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 ...
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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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apt-get via ssh-tunnel if only port 22 is allowed

I have a server which has only access to the outer world via port 22 (for the use of ssh from the server to other computers). I want to install some packages via apt-get on this server. Can I achive ...
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I cannot install new packages: “Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock”

I am new to Linux (installed Ubuntu for the first time yesterday), and have never dealt with any unix-based OS. I started using Linux for the sole purpose of collaborating code with my partners via ...
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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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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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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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Get package sources and repository link

Is there any way (dpkg, apt?) to get a package's sources and URL to repository, if available, in Debian ?