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 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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Three Debian package management tools: apt-get vs. aptitude vs. wajig [duplicate]

Debian Linux offers various command-line package management tools. Perhaps the three most popular such general-purpose tools are apt-get, aptitude, and wajig. When they are used for ordinary ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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List packages coming from a specific Codename or Suite (apt based systems)

I already know how to list every package from a given "origin", thanks to aptitude awesome search features: aptitude search "?origin(My Backports)" However, in the repository Release file, there ...
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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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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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How to show only installed packages by executing “aptitude search”?

After executing the aptitude search pattern command, I need to see only installed packages in the search result. Is there any way to do that?
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aptitude unmarkauto trying to remove packages

aptitude unmarkauto seems to have behaved strangely for me. I had numerous packages that apt-get autoremove wanted to remove: # apt-get autoremove Reading package lists... Done Building dependency ...
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Why does aptitude markauto uninstall my package?

From the aptitude help: aptitude 0.6.8.2 Usage: aptitude [-S fname] [-u|-i] .. snip .. markauto - Mark packages as having been automatically installed. unmarkauto - Mark packages as having ...
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Is there a command that outputs ONLY the packages explicitly installed by the user? (ubuntu/debian)

I have tried searching for this but there seems to be no command that can output a list of packages (ideally in Ubuntu) that I have installed, not including any dependencies.
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Debian: Can't Install Anything (Package Cannot Be Installed)

So, I have a brand new Debian install. My sources.list looks like this: deb http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy main contrib nonfree deb-src http://http.debian.net/debian wheezy main contrib ...
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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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Aptitude wants to remove tons of packages

I've used the search engine but do not manage to find a simple answer to this simple question: How to avoid aptitude wanting to deinstall tons of packages when a simple upgrade of a single package ...
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Problem installing John the Ripper Jumbo on Kali - libssl-dev dependecy

I am trying to install John the Ripper Jumbo on my Kali box. For some reason the version of Kali I recently installed as the host OS on a spare laptop does not seem to have NTLM hash support (whereas ...
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How to remove a package on a debian-based system WITHOUT removing dependencies? [closed]

I have a computer running Linux Mint and I'd like to remove a package WITHOUT removing its dependencies. For the particular package I'd like to remove, there are about 20 dependencies and some ...
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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 ...
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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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Are All The Packages Included On The Debian DVD/CD Images Or Just The Most Popular?

My understanding is that Debian and all the software available in the matching online repo (eg: https://packages.debian.org/stable/allpackages) are released together on a series of disc images ...
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Debian system: install specific packages from source automatically to boost the performance

On Debian /Ubuntu systems, how to set a list of packages which can be installed from sources automatically by apt-get or aptitude? The server is mainly for scientific computing and I would like to ...
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Aptitude - uninstalling autoinstalled packages that are recommended by other packages

I am running a Debian Wheezy install on a system where space is tight. Hence, I've turned off the "Automatically install recommended packages" option. The problem occurs if I install a package which ...
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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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Installing grub2 pulls X11 as a dependency?

I've ended up with a rather strange issue after a broken install of vlc-nox on a headless server. I'm now trying to reinstall grub, using the command aptitude install grub2 but aptitude wants to ...
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How can I install gcc-4.2 g++-4.2 on Linux Mint 17 with gcc-4.8 already installed?

I need an older version of gcc (specifically 4.2) alongside current gcc (4.8) on Linux Mint 17. Default Mint repositories can't find needed package: sudo aptitude install gcc-4.2 No candidate version ...
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What is the 'apt-get' equvalent of 'aptitude keep-all'?

From aptitude man page. keep-all Cancels all scheduled actions on all packages; any packages whose sticky state indicates an installation, removal, or upgrade will have this ...
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How can I upgrade a complete list of packages from stable to backports

I have installed Qt 4.8.2 from Debian Wheezy on my system. Now, some application requires Qt 4.8.3 on my machine, so I looked at the versions and found that Qt 4.8.6 is avaliable in Wheezy-Backports: ...
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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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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 ...
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How to make aptitude recognize Oracle Java as a valid java dependancy

I have Oracle Java 7 on my Debian. I want to install tomcat server using aptitude, but it keeps trying to install icedtea, and unnecessary java related packages, is it possible for aptitude to know ...
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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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Why do I get Hash Sum mismatch error when trying to install mono on debian

I am following the mono installation tutorial. First I add repo to list, then I import key and finally I try to update the repos. On last step I get error: W: Failed to fetch ...
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aptitude search doesn't see deb, but it exist in repo: http://http.kali.org/pool/main/s/simplejson/

OS: Kali Linux 64 bit ISO 1.0.9 www.kali.org/downloads/ package: python3-simplejson Here is: http://http.kali.org/pool/main/s/simplejson/ python3-simplejson_3.6.3-1_amd64.deb 24-Aug-2014 01:57 ...
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SSH pipe broke while running apt upgrade. What can I do about it?

I was connected to my aws debian wheezy server and while running apt-get upgrade the ssh pipe broke. I didn't use screen or anything, so I don't think there's a way to recover that session. If I ...
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Can't install Python3 package in Debian 7

I get error while installing python3 in Debian 7 (I have all updates installed): root@nuclight:~# aptitude install python3 The following NEW packages will be installed: python3 python3.2{a} 0 ...
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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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Force installation of doc packages

I often find myself missing documentation when I happen to be offline. For this reason, I would like to force aptitude to install the corresponding doc packages whenever I install a package. Is there ...
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Unable to connect to source.repository.backtrack-linux.org

I have a BackTrack5 r3 installed on VMware. As you see below I have internet access in it : root@bt:~# ping www.google.com PING www.google.com (173.194.70.105) 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from ...
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Why is my /etc/apt/sources.list set to squeeze when I have debian wheezy?

I have set up a few new debian boxes which were installed with debian wheezy (7.1). I set them up and upgraded to the current stable release: $ cat /etc/debian_version 7.6 If I look at my ...
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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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Get errors when aptitude update

I get the following errors when aptitude update. These errors are after non-error updates. What do I do to fix this, but not remove the ppas, etc? Err http://ppa.launchpad.net Packages 404 Not ...
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Is there apt-get for windows?

If it was windows machine that had no internet connection, what I would do is downloading the installers/programs on another computer, putting them on a portable media, copying them on the ...
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Finding the latest version of package which doesn't require upgrading libc (on Debian)

When I try to upgrade packages using aptitude -t wheezy-backports, they often require newer libc than is installed. Proposed solutions remove hundreds of packages. Is there a way to request only the ...
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Aptitude - Remove all Packages in X11 catagory, 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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Can aptitude group or search for packages which nothing depends on?

With aptitude: I can see the number of reverse dependencies with %r in the display format string (preferences), but how can I group/limit the package list according to that count? I want to ...
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debian: aptitude install sshfs > Couldn't find any package whose name [closed]

Why aptitude don’t found sshfs? And how can I install sshfs via aptitude? Pleas, without 3rd-Partys. https://packages.debian.org/en/wheezy/sshfs I typed this: root@s18:~# aptitude update Hit ...
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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 ...