Alternative package manager for Debian and derivatives which offers an ncurses based text-mode user interface (TUI) and mighty search patterns besides a command-line interface similar to `apt-get`'s command-line interface.

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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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Have aptitude search print full package name

Environment: aptitude called in a script. I'm having problems with this command: aptitude search '?virtual' |grep ^v |grep -v i386|sort|uniq In particular if I do: aptitude search '?virtual' |...
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Why I was able to fix a broken package with aptitude but I could not with either apt-get or synaptic?

Yesterday I upgraded my Debian Testing and Audacious stopped to work. Troubleshooting I found that the problem was that it was updated to a recent version but the needed plugins were not. I tried to ...
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Wildcards in aptitude

I want to do something like aptitude -P install mypackage* which should install all packages which start with "mypackage". How can I do this with aptitude?
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How to remove metapackage entirely in Debian

Is there any way to remove meta package and all its packages? Subset of metapackage is packages which don't depend on metapackage by all means. That's why if remove one metapackage only the package's ...
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aptitude search output

Can someone please explain this situation to me? I do an aptitude search and I get the following output: i package ... p package:i386 ... When I start up synaptic I see package but not package:...
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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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What does apt need to be healed of a bad setup?

I made a couple of earlier posts regarding a libssl-dev that, it seemed, was not removable. Some of the replies touched on that there was a problem with apt, and now that someone posted the command to ...
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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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How can I get an Ubuntu 12.04 box to do an aptitude update; aptitude upgrade?

I did an aptitude apt-get and then aptitude upgrade, on an Ubuntu 12.04 box, and got: root@li393-189:~# aptitude upgrade Resolving dependencies... The following packages will be ...
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Weird issue with unmet dependencies when cloning package states from earlier installation on same machine [closed]

I've been doing the usual routine of saving the package selections and also marking the packages as auto or manual as outlined in the question and answer here: Restoring all data from backup of dpkg --...
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Upgrade a single package from a target release

In Debian Squeeze I have installed a packageX from debian-backports. Q1: When I apt-get dist-upgrade or aptitude full-upgrade, what release is checked for updates for packageX? debian-backports or ...
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aptitude current status warning

After installing some packages, i.e. sudo aptitude install pkg ... , there was a line of message at the end of the output: Current status: 0 updates [-66]. What does it mean?
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How to find packages only which package name equal to text with aptitude?

When I want to search a package which named 'z', aptitude find packages which contains 'z' in package name same as 'like' in SQL, so aptitude find a lots of packages. How can I search packages which ...
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How to run a command after apt-get upgrade

Recently I came across the nice checkrestart tool, that checks if running processes use an outdated version of a recently updated library and would need a restart to load them with the updated lib. At ...
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aptitude remove pkg_name* not working like apt-get

I have uninstalled (aptitude purge) the qt-sdk package but there is still a lot of qt4* and libqt* packages on my system. Is there a way to remove all these packages with aptitude remove/purge ...
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How do I fix these broken dependencies?

aptitude tells me I have some packages with broken dependencies: kmiller@debian-dev-box:~$ sudo aptitude search '.*' | grep ^.B iB console-setup-linux - Linux specific part of console-...
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Understanding aptitude's behavior on a machine with multiple archives enabled

I'm having to deal with a Debian server, which initially was Squeeze, I believe, but where administrator enabled several distributions: deb http://mirror.yandex.ru/debian/ stable main contrib non-...
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Aptitude doesn't remove automatically installed packages

It seems aptitude doesn't remove automatically installed packages that are not depended on if these packages are suggested by any other (manually installed) ones. root@host:/# aptitude install ...
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Start installation of a package, when the working one is finished

Suppose I install a package on a debian based system via sudo aptitude install mypackage. Suppose the package is big and it takes long to download and install it. When I notice that I want to ...
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Ubuntu Could not purge package

I've tried to install oracle-java7-installer package from custom repository onto Ubuntu 12. It was failed during executing some post-installation script. So. I want just to rollback it and proceed ...
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Aptitude Search reports package installed, while Aptitude Show reports it not installed - how is that possible?

me@friedly_server:~$ aptitude search samba-tools i samba-tools - Samba testing utilities me@friendly_server:~$ aptitude show samba-tools ...
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Trying to use multiple Debian repositories

General situation: I need to port a Qt project from MS Visual Studio 2010 to Linux (Debian). In VS 2010 I have Qt v.4.8.1, but in Debian it is Qt v.4.6.1. This difference prevents me from porting, as ...
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Automatic package is installed, but aptitude doesn't find any rdependencies. What am I doing wrong?

I have a package lm-sensors automatically installed on my Ubuntu 10.04, but can't find packages, that depend on it: $ aptitude show lm-sensors Package: lm-sensors New: yes State: installed ...
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How to safely resume an aptitude dist-upgrade after SSH timeout?

I started aptitude dist-upgrade over SSH on my local network. At some point the session timed out but the upgrade was not finished (it was left at one of those accept software agreement screens-- I ...
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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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Configure MC and aptitude color schemes

I'm using Ubuntu, and I'm having trouble reading text in MC and Aptitude because of the color scheme. Is there any way to change it?
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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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How to purge package in debian without affecting other packages?

I had mysql-server-5.1 installed, then upgraded to mysql-server-5.5 and now upgraded to percona server (package percona-server-server-5.5). So now I have 2 mysql-server packages removed, but not ...
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Is it possible to determine what is inside Debian package without installing it?

I need a markdown library for development - based on package names I could not understand which one I should install... den@playground:~$ sudo aptitude search markdown p html2markdown ...
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Debian: How to delay configuration when installing/upgrading?

One of my Debian systems is rarely upgraded. So when it is time to upgrade, there are loads of packages. Right now I basically have to monitor the upgrade, because every 50 packages or so there is a ...
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Replace yum with apt

I have used Ubuntu for like two years now. I am very comfortable with the aptitude package manager. I recently switched to Fedora(16)[I still have ubuntu on my other drive :) ] I am behind a ...
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crossplatformui error in Mint 11

Whenever I try to install something in my system it generally installs but shows some error related to "crossplatformui". I don't know what it is and how to remove it. I am printing here a sample ...
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How do I find installed packages that have no install candidate?

I'd like to retrieve a list of installed packages that have no install candidate (e.g., because I removed an apt source file entry). How would I do that on Debian-based systems?
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Using apt or aptitude to get version information about an uninstalled package?

I'm looking to install a package, but I'd like to make sure that I can't get a more recent version than, e.g., a PPA. Is there an aptitude or apt-get command that will enable me to input a package ...
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Can I use `apt-get` to upgrade to the latest version of Nagios?

At the time of this writing the latest version of Nagios is 3.3.1. I am running Ubuntu 10.04 and have used apt-get update; apt-get install nagios3 to end up with version 3.2.0. I know there are a lot ...
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How can I regenerate the default '/etc/' config files?

I've removed nagios3 with apt-get remove nagios3 and then removed the files in by using the command sudo rm -R /etc/nagios* Now when I run apt-get install nagios3 the config files (/etc/nagios3/*) ...
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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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How to make apt-get accept new config files in an unattended install of debian from Repo

I am writing a script for a unattended install of a package that is in our repo, it is a software package with one of Debian's marked config files. Is there any option that I can pass to apt-get/...
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debian: Remove or reinstall package in a very bad inconsistent state

I'm having a package management problem: At some point, I must have interrupted an update or something, because the bluez package has broken. I've tried removing and/or reinstalling, but I get ...
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How to list files and folders that are not maintained by any DEB package

I am in the process of moving my files from one Debian machine to another so that I can use the old machine for a different purpose. I do not want to miss any file because I will be formatting the ...
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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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How do I hide packages from appearing in apt system?

The list of uninstalled packages appearing in my aptitude is massive, but is full of packages that I'm very sure I will never ever install. E.g. my laptop is using intel graphics, so it doesn't make ...
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Aptitude: What is the filter for virtual packages that has been provided?

The ~v flag will display all virtual packages, but even if they are already provided by installed packages, adding ~i will make the list empty as virtual packages can never have i flag. So how do I ...
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'less' width issues

I'm connecting to my Linux boxes (primarily Debian Squeeze) using Putty for Windows. Whenever I run a 'less' command, e.g. on an aptitude search, less truncates the listing to much less than my ...
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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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Removing broken packages

Recently in a bout of frustration with getting phpmyadmin setup, I decided to start from scratch. Unfortunately, during the uninstall phase, I was prompted with the root password for mysql which I ...
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Check package version using apt-get/aptitude?

Before I install a package I'd like to know what version i would get. How do I check the version before installing using apt-get or aptitude on debian or ubuntu?
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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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apt-get or aptitude [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the real difference between “apt-get” and “aptitude”? (How about “wajig”?) I'm new in Linux (Ubuntu) world. When I need to ...