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Package management strategy with Pacman

Since I switched my favorite distro to Gentoo I have been very familiar with the following pattern for installing and removing packages: Install a bunch of applications that do pretty much the same ...
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Every package “has no installation candidate”

While attempting to install openssh-server on Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit, I get the following error: Package openssh-server is not available but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the ...
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How can I responsibly run updates automatically on Arch Linux?

I'm a bit of a newcomer to Arch Linux and still getting used to some of its paradigms. I come with a lot of habits from another distro that was quite a bit more structured and in some ways ...
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How do I move a installed package (installed in a USB), back into my computer's home directory?

How do I move an installed package (installed on a USB) back into my computer's home directory? First of all, I am running a Linux machine. I have installed the package libmodbus in my usb directory ...
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Unable to connect to ftp.us.debian.org:http: [IP: 64.50.236.52 80]

I am trying to do an apt-get update and apt-get upgrade on my Debian Wheezy armhf system, but the upgrade is failing with the above error. Networking is working, and my /etc/apt/sources.list is: ...
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How can I find the package that contains a program in Debian? [duplicate]

I am using a minimal Debian system which does not have the top program installed. I tried to install top with sudo apt-get install top, but top is not a package name. It seems that top is a part of ...
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How do I replicate installed package selections from one Debian system to another? (Debian Wheezy)

I am trying to set up a staging environment in a VM, in order to test updates before applying them to my main system. In order to do so, I have done a basic installation of Debian Wheezy (same as on ...
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building Debian package fails at dh_auto_install stage

I'm trying to build a very simple debian package. I have two files, main_file and functions, they are both shell scripts, functions is sourced by main_file. There are no dependencies on any external ...
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pkg_add : Error message “ftp() in free(): error: chunk is already free” when installing a new package

I have error message "ftp(xxxxx) in free(): error: chunk is already free" at random times when installing a new package, for example : # pkg_add -i emacs quirks-2.9 signed on 2014-07-31T22:37:55Z ...
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Adding openSuSe mono repository?

Question: I want to install mono3 from here: http://download.mono-project.com/archive/3.0.3/linux/x64/ How can I add this link to the appropriate OpenSuse package installation program ? I tried ...
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Preventing Nix from upgrading git to git-full

I'm using Nix on Ubuntu to have more modern versions of some packages, one of them being git. When I'm run nix-env -u, this is what happens: % nix-env -u --dry-run '*' (dry run; not doing anything) ...
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Nix: Skipping unit tests when installing a Haskell package

I'm using Nix to install packages under my home (so no binary packages) on a shared host with limited resources. I'm trying to install git-annex. When building one of its dependencies, haskell-lens, ...
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Is it safe to install software globally with npm?

The node.js package manager, npm, has an option to install packages globally. Since distributions typically have their own package manager, is it safe to use the global option? Could npm packages ...
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Conflicting answers regarding package from rpm, yum and repoquery

I have a few packages on a RHEL 6.5 system which exhibit the following puzzling behavior: The package is installed; rpm -q reports the package as installed; yum search shows that the package is ...
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Backup and Restore list of installed packages and APT sources

I commonly reinstall Ubuntu and back up my APT stuff [sources, keys and installed package lists] using the tutorial at http://askubuntu.com/a/99151/371765. However I commonly also remove software such ...
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Debian package naming convention?

It's all very confusing. There are different examples out there, for e.g.: <package-name>_<epoch>:<upstream-version>-<debian.version>-<architecture>.deb source: ...
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How to fetch source iproute(2.6.32.130) not patches

I want to look at the source of below package. [root@ovs-1 ~]# rpm -qa | grep iproute iproute-2.6.32-130.el6ost.netns.3.x86_64 I tried to install the src rpm as below, it showing below error. ...
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Using ABI_X86 in Gentoo

For one reason or another (I've been busy, I guess), it's been months since I've updated my Gentoo system. And, as you can imagine, this means there's a lot of packages (and USE changes) I need to go ...
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CentOS - install using yum Apache 2.4

I need Apache 2.4 in CentOS because with Apache 2.2 mod_proxy_wstunnel is not possible. I have tried https://fedorahosted.org/SoftwareCollections/ but unfortunately its for RHEL after installing i ...
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How to properly install software on Linux Mint?

I am a linux newbie. Yesterday I tried to download a program called GNU Net, but when I tried to ./configure, I recieved multiple errors indicating missing libriaries. When I tried to download the ...
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Zentyal dpkg dependecy install problems because packages are not configured

I have done a fresh install of Zentyal 3.5, which is based on Ubuntu 14.04. To be fully operational, several modules must be installed. Many of these modules failed to install since a chain of them ...
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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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“UnicodeDecodeError: 'utf-8' codec can't decode byte 0xff in position 0: invalid start byte” error when attempting to remove nvidia-304 package

I'm trying to remove package nvidia-304 from my system (Ubuntu 14.04) but I'm getting this error: Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y (Reading database ... 283298 files and directories currently ...
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Reloading specific base files

I am using Arch Linux and I have cleared the fstab file on accident. Of course I regenerate the fstab with genfstab -U -p /mnt >> /mnt/etc/fstab the thing is, I do not know what was in the ...
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How to make private Debian Repo

I'm reading this tutorial for creating a local repo. Now, I want to make my repo private, so only if you provide a username/password then should you be able to access the Debian package. How do I ...
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apt-get error: trying to overwrite shared 'filename', which is different from other instances of package 'package'

I tried installing several Ubuntu packages on Debian Wheezy, but it failed and now I have broken packages. The problem is, running apt-get -f install fails as well, with this error: Preparing to ...
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How to install ap-hotspot

I can't seem to install ap-hotspot on ubuntu 12.04. I read somewhere that I should run the following commands: $ sudo su - # add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 # aptitude update # aptitude ...
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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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Why isn't there a truly unified package manager for Linux?

Why isn't there a unified package manager that acts as an interface between the end-user and the underlying low-level package manager (apt, yast, pacman, etc.)? Is it hard to do and therefore not ...
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How to apply updates on OpenBSD, NetBSD, and FreeBSD?

I'm using OpenBSD for quite a while now. All I do, however is go from one release to the next, always just doing an update. I configured the system so it works as my router and firewall, and it works ...
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Disable Language Packages in Zypper

I am an OpenSUSE user, which means that I use zypper as the main package manager. When I install almost anything, I get a package with the same name but with a -lang suffix that is recommended by ...
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How do I know when I installed package FOO

I was wondering if I installed 'Tor' on my Ubuntu 14.04 or it was shipped as a default package since I hadn't remembered installation by myself. So what's the way to find out if a package is ...
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How to get information about deb package archive?

How to get information about .deb package archive? Like: package information, version, installed-size, architecture, description and license information etc. from .deb package archive?
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How to remove unwanted desktop packages from debian without deleting everything?

I've just installed debian wheezy on an old laptop (using the xfce4 desktop environment via debian-live-7.7.0-amd64-xfce-desktop.iso). I don't intend to use it as an office machine, so I decided to ...
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Error in removing and updating linux-image

Whenever i try to update Elementary OS i get the following error Removing linux-image-extra-3.13.0-32-generic (3.13.0-32.57) ... Examining /etc/kernel/postrm.d . run-parts: executing ...
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Managing unofficial repositories on a Debian system

A few years ago I added this repository to my sources.list: http://www.deb-multimedia.org/ because it contained packages like acroread or flash player, which were either missing or out of date in ...
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can't install curl on Linux Mint 11 [duplicate]

I am writing: sudo apt-get install curl --fix-missing This is the output: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following NEW ...
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Trying to get a better understanding of dependencies and how to maintain the “perfect” system [closed]

EDIT: Isolated my questions to one specific topic: I read stories where people want to uninstall an application and apt-get wants gnome-desktop or something huge to be removed as well. Some say its ...
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“No package stress available, nothing to do” and "bash: yum-config-manager:command not found

I am trying to install the stress package on CentOS 7 virtual machine running on vmware player on windows 7 laptop. I have tried many packages and have updated yum but whenever I run sudo yum install ...
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What is an appropriate naming structure for storing application packages?

I need to determine an appropriate directory naming structure for a package management system. The original directory structure was not POSIX-compliant in any way and certainly not UNIX-style (you'll ...
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How to tidy up the .keywords file on a gentoo system?

One can select testing packages on a gentoo stable system by adding a line with the following syntax to keywords list: cat /etc/portage/package.keywords =dev-python/ipython-0.13.2 ~amd64 # and many ...
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Why does apt-get remove leave package-installed cron files lying around?

Is there a good reason why apt-get remove leaves installed cron files in place where an apt-get purge or apt-get remove --purge is actually required to completely remove them? Example files may be: ...
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why does my desktop still act a lot like fedora 20 even after upgrading to fedora 21?

I upgraded to fedora 21 a few weeks ago (via fedup), but some stuff still feels like Fedora 20. First example: cat /etc/fedora-release does say Fedora release 21 (Twenty One). But, nevertheless, my ...
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npm style OS package manager. Packages local to a directory

Is there any distro or package manager with the following npm-like characteristics?: Packages are installed to their own directory, chosen by the user at install time. As opposed to packages ...
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Relationship between distribution & package manager

A little consideration will show that each/every Linux distribution correlates/associates with a specific Package Manager. For example: APT: Debain Family (Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, etc.) RPM: RedHat ...
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How to create user-defined tasks in Debian?

According to the Debian terminology, a task is a collection of several individual Debian packages all related to a specific activity (see here). Tasks can be installed through the tasksel program ...
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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 ?
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How to install libsnmp on CentOS 6.5?

I'm trying to use software on my server that requires libsnmp. I tried running: yum list libsnmp But it says: Error: No matching Packages to list I also tried: yum search libsnmp But it ...
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How do I install dpkg in Puppy Linux ?

Puppy Linux contains the package manager PPM (Puppy Package Manager), I do not know how to use the command line for PPM, is it possible to install dpkg onto Puppy Linux ?
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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 ...