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Forcing 'yes' to new update license agreements?

Sometimes when a new version of a big piece of software is released (java, flash, etc), the developers will require that a license agreement be combed through and then ask you to type (yes/no) at the ...
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How to update Debian kernel to latest in backports

I have a machine running Debian stable, and I'd like to update the stock kernel to the latest kernel available in the backports repository. There are many kernel-related packages and virtual ...
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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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Check and fix all files from Debian packages.

I've been having some memory corruption issues, causing random crashes, but I've fixed them now. However, I'm concerned that some packages may be corrupted (as naturally any package update has to go ...
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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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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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How can I upgrade a package recursively in Arch Linux?

Is there any equivalent to FreeBSD's portupgrade -R in Arch Linux? From man portupgrade: -R --upward-recursive Act on all those packages required by the given ...
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Error updating all ArchLinux packages with -Syu

I am on Arch Linux with Kde. I haven't updated the packages in a while and I'm having a problem while trying to do so: The first thing I tried was: sudo pacman -Syu as the documentation says, and I ...
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Prevent yum from checking for updates when a new package is going to be installed

Whenever I want to install a new package with yum, It first checks for updates. Is there a way to stop it from checking for updates each time a package is going to be installed?
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On Gentoo, how do I rebuild all packages depended on some other package?

I made mistake and changed perl non-threaded version to threaded by unmerge first, change USE flags to include ithreads and emerge perl again. Now most packages depending on perl are broken. How do I ...
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On Gentoo is there a way to find a list of installed packages which doesn't have other packages depended on them?

On Gentoo, is there a way to find a list of installed packages which doesn't have other packages depended on them (so called leaf packages)? Or, is there analog of pkg-orphan FreeBSD utility?
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On Gentoo how do I find list of packages installed after some specific date?

I have Gentoo VM that I use to test different puppet recipes and I frequently need to remove packages to bring it to clean initial state. While I could do this by hand when there are only few packages ...
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How can I prevent Apt-Get from autoremoving packages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: apt-get - autoremove wants to uninstall Gnome I'm running Debian@ [edit: kernel] 3.0 with Gnome. apt-get wants to autoremove dozens of packages. How can I prevent it ...
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Yum Cannot Retrieve Repository CentOS 6

I just installed CentOS 6. I tried running yum update and was having trouble getting that to work, so I tried yum clean all and now my situation seems even worse than before. Based upon what I pasted ...
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What is the best CentOS 6 repo list for LAMP stacks?

I'm just getting into server administration and now everybody needs something. Lately I'm getting stuck on package hunting, so I'm on the search to find the most comprehensive repo list of LAMP ...
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Where can I find a list of all yum repositories?

Now that I know more about yum from my previous question Where is the best location for finding information on /yum? I need to start playing with some new repositories. Where can I find a list of ...
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Where is the best location for finding information on /yum?

So I'm trying install php-mcrypt on one server and git-core on another server. It seems like locating packages is where I'm falling short. (just learning server administration) I'm very ignorant of ...
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Are there any GPG checks in OpenBSD when installing an application?

Like under an average Linux distribution - are there any checkings that the downloaded packages are really the packages that are on the mirror server?
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apt-get equivalent of yum localinstall

When using Fedora I usually use yum localinstall as a way to install a rpm obtained outside the distribution repositories. I can't find an equivalent option in the apt-get man page. I'm running Ubuntu ...
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dpkg, apt, synaptic. aptitude: can user customizations cause conflicts?

So, I ssh into a (very) remote Ubuntu 10.4 server to do some admin and web dev+design. And I was looking through the various package manager options. There's a lot. The big ones are dpkg, apt, ...
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How to “rpm -i” a package only when an older version does not exist?

I wish to install some RPM packages from a shell script. I want to ensure that each package is indeed installed, but I do not want to update a package that would already have an older version ...
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virtualenv type tool for apt-get?

Is there anyway or any popular tool that can allow me to create an isolated package environment for apt-get similar to what virtualenv does for pip and python packages?
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How can I revert a package to a specific version on Gentoo?

I'm a Debian user pretty much new to Gentoo. I wanted to install a specific version of a package namely the 1.39.0 version of dev-libs/boost, http://packages.gentoo.org/package/dev-libs/boost. But I ...
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FreeBSD installed package location

I installed Unrealircd on FreeBSD via the sysinstall utility. I cannot seem to find the location where it was installed. How can I find the default location of installed packages? Edit: I found the ...
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plesk update fails

I have a dedicated server running CentOS 5.3. I'm trying to update Plesk 9.5.2 to version 10.0.0 but update fails. I do it with yum: yum update psa* --skip-broken -t but it fails and I get the ...
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Package managers Update versus Upgrade?

sudo zypper update The following package updates will NOT be installed: amarok bluedevil choqok cln digikam digikam-lang GeoIP gstreamer-0_10 gstreamer-0_10-plugin-gnomevfs ...
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How to figure out the exact package name of a `.so` file, so that it can be installed through `zypper`?

anisha@linux-dopx:~/tarBalls/qtFlash/bin> ./flashscript ./flashscript: error while loading shared libraries: libqtnmedia.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory ...
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Octave package installation: “couldn't create installation directory”

I am trying to install the statistics package (1.0.10) for Octave (3.2.4), which requires the miscellaneous package. When installing the miscellaneous package (1.0.11) I receive the following error: ...
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How can I find out which package installed a particular executable? [duplicate]

For example, on Debian or Ubuntu, which package has the /sbin/shutdown command in it? I want to read the source of that command (and possibly modify it to report notification on desktop) and I didn't ...
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Package repository for which Fedora version would be best match for RHEL / CentOS / Scientific Linux 6.0?

I am using Scientific Linux 6.0, which is based on RHEL (RedHat) 6.0. I want to install some package (LXDE), which is present in repositories for Fedora, but which I didn't found either in Scientific ...
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How to sort updates based on release date on debian testing?

I'm a user of linux mint debian linux distro which is based on debian testing. Debian testing is a rolling release distro. The testing nature of this distro cause some package updates to be buggy. I'm ...
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How can I run a command for a list of packages?

I tried to install Gnome 3 on Debian Testing following this explanation. However, this didn't work and left me without any graphical user interface. At the moment I try to fix that and I realised ...
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Keeping track of programs

When I install a simple program it often uses make && make install and doesn't often even have an uninstall target. If I wish to upgrade a program, is it standard protocol to assume it just ...
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How should I search for packages to install on CentOS 5.5?

Backstory: Recently, it was explained to me that to upgrade any package via terminal on a linux machine, I will need to use the distributions package management system to install or upgrade the ...
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What are the different debian package repos?

I know about the ones at http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/README, but there are other ones such as: security.debian.org backports.debian.org archive.debian.org How many are there? Is there a ...
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Building from Source on CentOS 5 or newer

I've got a few applications of which I've got to build from source files in order to make it work on CentOS (the programs do not exist in the yum repos). I may be missing something, but unlike Debian ...
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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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How to stop a daemon from starting up on boot-up in Debian

There's a few daemons I disable from starting on boot-up. As an example, I use the following: sudo update-rc.d -f postgresql remove I'm not even sure if that command is correct and I don't ...
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What does deb-src mean in the sources.list?

I know I can download binary packages from repositories beginning with "deb", but what does deb-src do? E.g.: deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu natty universe in /etc/apt/sources.list in ...
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Why are libraries shipped separately instead of bundled with every program?

I know why this is good in general: faster security fixes, easier packaging, more features. However, I'm trying to persuade some co-workers that we don't need to bundle a library with our program. It ...
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In Arch Linux how can I find out which package to install that will contain file X?

I'm looking for a package that provides a specific binary, so I can install it. how can I search to find out what packages provide this binary? (note: I know there's at least one tool that does this, ...
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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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Listing packages in Yum that depend on another installed package

I am trying to install a 3rd-party RPM package on RHEL5 which depends on version 3.4 of sqlite. According to Yum I already have 3.3.6 installed. Is there a way to list the installed packages that ...
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Setting up a Gentoo Repository on a Debian Host

I have a debian host, on which i want to setup a private Gentoo Repository for my college. I have started syncing the repository by a simple bash script whose snippet is as follows : ...
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How to change a *.tbz's +INSTALL file, and repack the package in FreeBSD, without installing the package

I am running on FreeBSD 8.2, I have a device that will run NanoBSD 7.4. To install packages for nanobsd, you put them in /usr/src/tools/tools/nanobsd/Pkg, and uncomment the line in your config. I ...
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Installing Pencil on openSUSE

I have installed openSUSE 11.4 today and I am trying to install Pencil on it. I downloaded the ArchLinux tarball from the site, and after extracting it, the pencil.sh file didn't install, giving a ...
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Update only one package with pacman

Is there a way to update only selected programs in pacman? I'm running ArchLinux on my netbook, and the complete upgrade of my system takes up more temporary space than I have on my system, so I'd ...
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Gnome 3 Software Center

Just installed Fedora 15 with Gnome 3. Is there like a software center like in Ubuntu?
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RHEL/CentOS: Installing a new version of Java, why not just change the path?

I am installing a new version of Java on a CentOS/RHEL Linux distro for a single developer to develop java. The way I want to install on this development system is to just put the new java version ...
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Man pages for standard C and C++ libraries on Fedora 14

How do I install them? At present, man fopen gives me No manual entry for fopen. I have the compilers installed and have verified that things do build without problems. Update: This is what I got ...