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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is there a way to use regexp with aptitude?

I use an alias to find new packages whenever I update the package index. [$] alias aptn aptn='aptitude search '\''~N'\' Now while this works, I also get a bunch of -dbgsym packages which come ...
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Debian Jessie: When will packages with status “id” be deleted?

I removed some packages I no longer need with aptitude. I was surprised that none of their dependancies were also autoremoved (as I thought aptitude did that by default unlike apt-get), so I checked ...
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why isn't there a historical pretty log of your upgrades, downgrades and package purges in Debian?

I wanted to lookup history of my recent updates/upgrades, package purges and found out that other than aptitude and ugly dpkg.log, there doesn't seem to be anything else which does the same. See ...
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Export download packages in Aptitude

I have badly damaged my Debian with some stupid stunt. I am now trying to fix it with a live CD, mounting the system on HDD, and chrooting into the system to fix it with aptitude. I am able to fix my ...
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Display the package date in the Aptitude UI

The Aptitude README (on Ubuntu 16.04, under /usr/share/doc/aptitude/README) gives the escape codes to customize how the packages are displayed in the UI (typing aptitude without any parameters at the ...
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Aptitude deleted a buttload of modules when I tried to install Imagemagick, how do I undo this?

Yesterday I tried to install Imagemagick, I used apt-get at first, which returned an error. I was already trying to install ImageMagick for hours, so I got impatient. A post on stackoverflow said that ...
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Aptitude regex engine

I was trying to lookup the versions of libdb in the debian archives with something like that: $ aptitude search '~S~ndev$(~nlibdb~(\d~|-~)!~v~rnative)' which didn't work as expected so I changed ...
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Installing Nvidia Drivers the Debian way would uninstall dozens of packages

I just set up a fresh Debian (Jessie/8), set the APT Sources to fetch testing packages (main, contrib, non-free). Now I wanted to install drivers for the installed Nvidia GeForce 9600 and I tried ...
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Best way to use checkinstall

I was researching on how to properly uninstall Debian programs that I have compiled from source. One advice was to make use of checkinstall. But then I read on some sites that checkinstall doesn't ...
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Upgrading mysql caused broken packages

I have Debian Jessie, and MySQL 5.6 from the MySQL Debian repository. This installation installes an apt sources.list.d entry that after sudo apt-get install mysql-community-server, it asks whether I ...
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apt mirror chooses wrong architecture

I tried to do a repository mirror using apt-mirror and it inexplicably choose the wrong architecture. This is the architecture of the mirroring machine: uname -a Linux MyWorkStation 3.2.0-76-generic ...
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How to access local repository mirror?

I am trying to access a local apt mirror which is on a usb drive. The file tree on the drive is /apt-mirror /mirror /archive.ubuntu.com /dists /pool /skel ...
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No bar at the bottom on Gnome after installing some Debian packages

A little bit back I tried to install a package with aptitude. One of its substitutions deleted gnome and many other packages. The bar at the bottom is gone basically, anyone know how to bring the bar ...
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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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The following packages have been kept back

The following packages have been kept back: click click-dev gir1.2-click-0.4 libclick-0.4-0 0 BUT It's clear that all of these packages are either on hold somewhere, or are in some kind of conflict,...
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write error: No space left on device. Removing 'extra' packages. Attempting recovery

The Issue: When I type: dpkg-query -Wf '${Package;-40}${Priority}\n' | sort -b -k2,2 -k1,1 I get a list of all installed packages on my machine, example: ... raspberrypi-artwork ...
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Install linux headers 3.7 on debian 8

I'm trying to install the amd64 radeon catalyst driver, but it needs kernel headers for 3.7 This is the output of uname -r: 3.16.0-4-amd64 I've already ran apt-get update, apt-cache search linux-...
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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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Choose software from Debian repository

How can I choose which software I want to install from a Debian repository? I know that didn't make much sense, let me explain more detail. I want to install a «unstable» version of gnupg with (ECC ...
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Why there is no automatic flag on automatically added libraries?

Under my Debian Jessie system, when I run aptitude I can see a lot of libraries not manually installed but without the automatic flag. So if I remove the main packages the dependent packages will stay....
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till what depth can aptitude -v verbose work

I have tried to understand how the verbose flag works and failed. Both the man page and the aptitude reference guide via file:///usr/share/doc/aptitude/html/en/ch02.html . The only helping usage is ...
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what are the differences between package installers?

I have just started using Linux Mint and I have come across multiple ways to install packages from the command line: apt-get, aptitude, gdebi so far. Can someone explain what the major differences ...
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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 list all aptitude user tags or the user tags for a package?

I'm in a bit of a pickle. Following my own counsel I started using user-tags when working on projects, but now I don't remember how I called some of these tags and this cancels their usefulness. Is ...
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How is the “apt” command different from “apt-get” and “aptitude”?

I just found out that there is a third command for installing packages available on my Debian GNU/linux distribution. I found that I can install packages by simply entering: apt install sl ...
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Package issues installing Sparkleshare 1.4 on Linux Mint 17

So, I decided to upgrade my sparkleshare client from v1.1 that comes in the default repositories to the version in the following apt repo: http://ppa.launchpad.net/rebuntu16/sparkleshare+unofficial/...
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No clisp in Debian's repository?

I want to install clisp. My /etc/apt/sources.list: deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib deb-src http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib deb http://http....
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Enable mouse support in the console for applications that feature it in GUI terminals [closed]

Is there some general mechanism missing in text mode consoles but present in GUI terminals that I can enable for mouse-supporting applications? By "general" I mean not per-application (not application-...
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How to install all with aptitude

How to install all packages whitch aptitude found? For example: sudo aptitude search eclipse ... found approximately 66 packages. How I can install all found packages without write separately?
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Aptitude - remove all packages in X11 category, except for dependencies of a specific package

I would like to remove most of the packages in the X11 category from my system. However some of those packages are depended on by the 'beaglebone' package. How could I ask aptitude to remove ...
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Better logging than /var/log/dpkg.log of package-management?

Has there been some better logging tools than /var/log/dpkg.log as /var/log/dpkg.log seems to have just installations and upgrades but nothing about removals . Also it seems a bit chaotic, does ...
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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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aptitude automatically removes packages, while upgrading php [closed]

I've facing this problem since my debian wheezy distro has been upgraded (I'm currently running ParrotSecurity 1.9 and the current version is 2.0.4). I've added http://dotdeb.org/ to my /etc/apt/...
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Virtual packages as aptitude understands and package-management

I have seen in Debian that quite a few packages are virtual packages. Why do such virtual packages exist ? for e.g. :- $ aptitude show pppoeconf Package: pppoeconf State: ...
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Two different lists of installed packages

I'm trying to get an authoritative list of installed packages in order to find the explicitly installed ones as is done here. This command gives me one list aptitude search '~i !~M' -F '%p' --...
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Can I rollback an apt-get upgrade if something goes wrong?

Is there a way, before starting an aptitude upgrade or apt-get upgrade, to set up something so that you can "easily" rollback your system to the "apt" state it was before the actual upgrade, if ...
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Completing a Debian installation

Here's what I did: I installed Debian by burning the first ISO from the repository to a USB. Booted from it, got Debian installed - except no desktop. I tried using aptitude to get it, but I need a ...
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What's this magic? aptitude search “?provides(java-runtime)”

I was looking up how to install java on Debian properly. Came to Debian wiki (that's one thing I really appreciate on Debian, the wiki's great), and this is the tip I got there: Just run aptitude ...
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Install latest version of number-versioned software like Tomcat using apt-get?

I'm not looking for some nightly releases, I just want the highest version of software available in apt's database. Although a beginner, I managed to pull just a list of basic tomcat installations: ...
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Install Vlc 1.1 without building it from source

I am using Ubuntu 15.04. Is there any way to install VLC version 1.1 without having to build it from source? I tried these method but I was stuck in endless loop of unmet dependencies: sudo dpkg -i ...
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How to find installed deb packages needlessly marked as manually installed

Problem statement apt and aptitude both remember which packages were installed automatically as dependencies of some other package or manually for some reason. For various reasons the list of ...
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Installing rgdal in Debian, with aptitude

I am installing rgdal in a docker container that also contains RShiny. I need some specific set of libraries for installing some packages, but also a downgraded version of the libraries for gdal. I ...
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Install rgdal in Debian, with aptitude [duplicate]

I am installing rgdal in a docker container that also contains RShiny. I need some specific set of libraries for installing some packages, but also a downgraded version of the libraries for gdal. I ...
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How do I terminate Aptitude safely

I have a TMux session with Aptitude open. The Aptitude process has been "killed" several times with STOP/CONT. Now it doesn't react to the Q key. Instead a 'q' is printed on the top-left corner of the ...
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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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aptitude: Meaning of curly brackets, i.e. package1{b} package2{a} package3{u}

When using aptitude, the list of changed packages sometimes has a single character in curly brackets behind some package names. The man-page has two examples of them but does not explain them (version ...
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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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uninitialized constant XML::SaxParser / Error retrieving bug reports from the server

I use an old LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) installation that went through several repository changes. I've originally tracked LMDE's repositories, then at one point switched to Debian Testing (...
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Can't Install netflix-desktop in Debian…Aptitude Has Unmet/Broken Dependencies

I'm trying to install the netflix-desktop package in Debian 'jessie'. I was able to get this to work on my laptop running Debian 'wheezy' a few months ago, but on my desktop I keep running into these ...
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How can I “reset” aptitude?

I've inherited an Ubuntu 12.04 server where package management is completely messed up. Any aptitude command fails with errors like this one (for every installed package, as far as I can tell): dpkg: ...