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Differences in package management between Debian and Arch

A discussion from this post made me curious of differences between Debian and Arch package management. Also, people tend to say that Arch is very light-weight, so I wonder what that has to do with ...
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The Right Distro for text-based needs

I'm searching for the right Linux Distro. My four current ideas are: Gentoo Grml Arch Debian But I'm absoluty open to more alternatives. Now a little bit more about my needs: I want it to be ...
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Creating debian version dependency in a .deb package

Is it possible to create a dependency for the debian version in a .deb package? I would like to put two versions of one package into the same repository. One is for debian 5 and one for debian 6. The ...
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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 ...
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RPM Build error : D: May free Score board((nil))

I have a problem building , it fails with the error: D: May free Score board((nil)) What does this mean ? I do not see any other errors appearing in the build before this so i am fairly stumped by ...
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Installing individual packages from Solaris .iso

I need to update the following packages: SUNWjaf SUNWjato SUNWjmail I read that the updated versions of these packages can be found on the latest version of Solaris, and that it's possible to just ...
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Linux package manager architecture

I am looking for a guide on one of Linux Package manager architectures. For example apt-get (dpkg), or yum (rpm). I want to know how they manage the package list, file list, package versions and so ...
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What is Fedora's equivalent of 'apt-get purge'?

In Debian, there's at least two ways to delete a package: apt-get remove pkgname apt-get purge pkgname The first preserves system-wide config files (i.e. those found in "/etc"), while the second ...
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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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How to show the number of installed packages

What is the Debian equivalent of Fedora's yum list installed | grep wc --lines?
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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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Simple example of using Fedora alternatives to install old version of make

Can anyone help me using the Fedora alternatives system in order to install an old version of make? I know the actual program is irrelevant, but I need it so I'll use it as my example. I currently ...
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How to make dpkg faster?

Package (un)installation on a Debian system is horribly slow, partly because it works with a whole bunch of (small) files. Short of getting faster storage, how do I speed it up? I'm thinking maybe ...
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CentOS 5.5 Install Customization

I'm having a frustrating time with customizing my initial CentOS 5.5 installation. I want to have a specific set of the packages installed (e.g. I want Java and httpd but not OpenOffice or NewsServer) ...
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How to search for packages that are no longer available for installation?

I can't re-install packages that fulfill at least one of the following criteria: Custom-made packages Packages created by alien package (e.g. alien --install pkg.rpm) Packages installed from some ...
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Differentiating between Hard and Soft Dependencies

I will ask this with an example - I have installed gnash-plugin on fedora 64 bit with Yum. It pulled in following packages - Installing : agg-2.5-9.fc13.x86_64 ...
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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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How do I upgrade OpenSSL?

According to these instructions: http://wiki.apache.org/httpd/NameBasedSSLVHostsWithSNI I need to use OpenSSL 0.9.8k or later (right now it's on 1.0.0c) to use name based virtual hosts in apache. ...
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A page documenting usage of various package managers

I'm looking for a reasonably up-to-date and comprehensive web page that documents differences in how to use different package managers.
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What is the Fedora equivalent to the Debian/Ubuntu package search pages?

The Debian/Ubuntu package search pages are very useful to look up what version of a program is available in what distribution series, how programs are split along multiple packages etc. For example I ...
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How to keep my Debian system with the latest packages?

Most of the "Software" I install on my server needs to be the latest release (Java, Tomcat, MySQL-Cluster). So I never have the luck, that there are pre-built Debian packages (in the distribution) ...
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Distributed package repository for Linux?

Many times I have seen the note telling users not to update their repositories too often (i.e more than once a day) because that will put a stress too large for the servers. Also I understand that it ...
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How to force 'yum search' to use local metadata/cache?

A lot of times when I run yum search, it tends first to download the metadata from a repository. How do I force it to only search the local cache? I prefer quick results to accurate data in this case, ...
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How to list currently not installed packages?

I'd like to output a list of all, currently not installed, packages (they are visible in Synaptic for example) using only shell commands. How do I do this?
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How to find out which (not installed) package a file belongs to?

On Debian systems (and derivatives): $ dpkg --search /bin/ls coreutils: /bin/ls That is, the file /bin/ls belongs to the Debian package named coreutils. But this only works if the package is ...
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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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How to check available package versions in rpm systems?

If I want to check available versions of a package in Debian, I run apt-cache policy pkgname which in the case of wajig gives: wajig: Installed: 2.01 Candidate: 2.01 Version table: *** 2.01 0 ...
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How come I don't have package updates in Fedora?

I last updated my Fedora 14 install weeks ago, so I expected a slew of new packages waiting for me, but after I run yum update, I instead get: ... Setting up Update Process No Packages marked for ...
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What is yum equivalent of 'apt-get update'?

Debian's apt-get update fetches and updates the package index. Because I'm used to this way of doing things, I was surprised to find that yum update does all that and upgrades the system. This made ...
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How do I install mercurial on openSUSE?

Hi I need to install mercurial on my opensuse but I couldn't find the rpm so I just download mercurial.rpm and wanted to install it by using: sudo zypper ... but it said to need python 2.6 so I ...
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How to install Python 3.x on Debian?

Being new to Linux, I chose Debian for my Linode because it seemed stable and secure. Now I want to write some sysadmin-type scripts in Python to teach myself the language. Based on this SO question ...
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For what purpose would perl* be excluded in yum.conf?

I am not an Unix/Linux admin. I was attempting to install git on our server, and after much googling and trial and error, I discovered that perl* is excluded in our yum.conf file, preventing perl-Git ...
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Non-Root Package Managers

From my research, I seem to notice that all package managers insist on being used as a privileged user and must be installed into /. Typically, what I like to do is create a throwaway account, ...
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jetty repositories for Debian lenny 5.0?

This is my current sources.list, and I wish to install libjetty-java, libjetty-extra-java, and jetty, in that order. However, the packages are not found, and I resorted to downlaoding the debs from ...
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What's up with this 'gnome' package?

I have recently grown tired of the way Rhythmbox starts up every time I plug in my MP3 player. I know I could simply disable this, but I've decided to uninstall Rhythmbox instead. It's such a ...
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Do any package managers come installed default in NetBSD?

I am using NetBSD - I know ports and pkgsrc are available as package managers, but do these or any others come pre-installed in NetBSD?
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How to update Puppy Linux?

A month or two ago, I installed the latest version of Puppy Linux to an old Eee PC which I hardly use any more. Well I'm on it now! But I can't figure out how to update it. It uses a weird Puppy ...
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What is Fedora's equivalent of deborphan?

An installed library that has no installed packages depending on it is referred to as orphaned. One of the tools used to determine which libraries are orphaned on a Debian system is named deborphan. ...
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Pacman/Arch: Install package(s) without really installing them [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Make package explicitly installed in pacman So I've been stupid and removed my /var/lib/pacman/local dir. Without backup, but with a root shell open at tty4. O yeah, ...
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How to install software on Red Hat?

What's the simplest way to download/install software on Red Hat Linux (from bash command line)?
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Are packages cryptographically signed in Fedora 14?

I am installing Fedora 14 and I am wondering if the Fedora packages are cryptographically signed package signatures are checked by the installer by default package signatures are checked by yum when ...
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Are RPMs valid across platforms?

I'm a little confused about RPM's in Red Hat and/or Fedora (and/or other distros?). I can certainly accept that 64-bit RPM's are needed for 64-bit OS'es and 32-bit for 32-bit OS'es but... If I have ...
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List explicitly installed packages

In Gentoo there is the file /var/lib/portage/world that contains packages that I explicitly installed. By explicit I mean, packages that I choose, not including anything installed by default, or ...
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How should I deal with Fedora's short life cycle?

I have been using Fedora as my primary distribution since very long. One thing that "bothers" me is its relatively short life cycle. I install its latest release, restore my backup, customize the ...
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Configuring a package that was downloaded using apt-get

I have to reconfigure PHP with some extra options but since I downloaded it on Ubuntu using apt-get I can't seem to find the source anywhere (php -i points the source to a tmp folder which no longer ...
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Fedora GUI package installer takes very long (>15min) to start

I tried to use Linux GUI for Fedora but I did not find it intuitive than that of windows. Whenever I tried installing any software using rpm file by double clicking file, many times it stuck and ...
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User-local package management system

I need to deploy, manage and run software as a non-privileged user in SuSE (that is, no root access whatsoever, can't use system's package management, etc). What are my options? I'd prefer reusing ...
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CentOS: List the installed RPMs by date of installation/update?

I'm on a CentOS machine. I updated and installed some packages a few weeks back, but I don't remember the name of every package or the names of every dependency. I used yum. Can I list the packages ...
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Make package explicitly installed in pacman

I have a package that's installed on my PC as an dependency to another package. I would like to have the package explicitly installed, but without actually re-installing it, or downloading any files. ...
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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 ...