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1answer
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How to download Debian package's source code?

I want to read source code of some package in Debian, how can i do that?
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1answer
57 views

How to compile a Debian package from source?

Newbie Ubuntu user here... I use a tool called YUMI to create a USB boot device. Its Debian package and its source can be downloaded from http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/. I ...
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1answer
178 views

How should I install software from source so that I can make my configuration manageable and reproducible?

I work with a lot of scientific software on Linux distributions (normally Debian variants and Red Hat variants). In order to maximize performance and get access to the latest features, it's often ...
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Why are there no -dev packages in Arch Linux?

I understand that source based distributions like Gentoo or Slackware do not need *-dev versions of programs. They include the source code as well as header files for compiling everything locally. ...
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2answers
202 views

Prevent a package from being installed?

I installed Python 2.7 from source. A dependency of some packages is python. Is there a way I can prevent the install of a lesser version of Python, or let apt know it's already been fulfilled?
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2answers
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How / where to get sources for kernel-2.6.36-gentoo-r4 in Gentoo Linux distribution?

How can I get (i.e. what command to use) sources for kernel-2.6.36-r4 (uname -a says that it is version 2.6.36-gentoo-r4), or where from I can download it? I want to compile the userside 'perf' ...
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What are the advantages of building tools/libs from source?

By building from source do you gain any benefits? Is the code better optimized to your hardware architecture? Is it optimized better in general? Why would someone choose to build from source rather ...