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Present USE flags upon emerging a package in gentoo

I was wondering if there are any tools to present the compile time options/ flags of a package in Gentoo when emerging. I am referring to something like this
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Determining Dependencies and Installing from Directory

I have a directory with all Dependencies in .deb format. But there are lots of them. I need only those that i need for gimp. biggenius@hacbook:~/Desktop/rocks/packages$ dpkg-deb -I gimp_2.6.12-...
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uwsgi install in Debian 6 (Squeeze) wants to upgrade libc6 and initscripts

I'd like to install uwsgi on my Debian server. This package wants to upgrade some core packages: libc6 from 2.11.3-3 (now, stable) -> 2.13-35 initscripts from 2.88dsf-13.1+squeeze1 (now, stable) -> ...
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How Debian package should create user accounts?

The package qqq.deb installs the program qqq that should run from uqqq user account. The package consist of the qqq program, qqq.conf config file and /etc/init.d/qqq initscript. How should the ...
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Where is tcl-doc man page stored?

I installed tcl-doc. Prior to installation "man tcl" gave nothing. Now it gives a page. When I do "dpkg -L tcl-doc" I get /. /usr /usr/share /usr/share/doc /usr/share/doc/tcl-doc /usr/...
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Conditional dependencies for a Debian package

I am creating a package that needs to depend on a package if another is installed, but needs a different dependency if no such package is installed. Is that possible using just the control file of the ...
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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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Is rpm the only file extension for repositories

I've noticed that repositories in CentOS have the .rpm extension. Are there other extensions? Is .rpm specific to the operating system? i.e. do other linux operating systems have other extensions?
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Why do package names contain version numbers?

While working with Ubuntu and other Debian-based distros, I've noticed that packages in the software repos often contain the major version number. For example, Apache: apache2 Tomcat: tomcat7 PHP: ...
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Installing Audacity - Package Problems

Have CentOS 6.2. I'm trying to install Audacity, and I'm getting package problems. The Audacity webpage says I need the wxWidgets library, which I think I've installed correctly (./configure, make, ...
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How to keep upstart installed-always, don't be replaced by sysvinit?

Each time I do apt-get dist-upgrade, the package sysvinit comes back and replaced upstart. Well, I have some scripts written for upstart, and I need to reinstall it every time (typing the annoying ...
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How does apt-get deal with multiple sources?

Let's say Ubuntu's repositories features a package. I install that package using apt-get. I then add an additional source (with add-apt-repository) that lists either a newer or older version of the ...
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Safely uninstall a package in Gentoo

I wanted to uninstall a specific package in Gentoo and browsed through the emerge man page. I found the --unmerge option: WARNING: This action can remove important packages! Removes all ...
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Reset dselect selection before package installation

I was looking through the list of packages with dselect, but pressed Return twice by mistake, thereby making it confirm and quit the [S]elect option. When I go to the [I]nstall option, it's now ...
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What's up with “*-git date” packages in the AUR?

I'm just about to move to Arch Linux. Checking out packages in the AUR, there's a lot of packages following the naming scheme "project-name-git date", e.g: adonthell-git 20100408-1 akonadi-facebook-...
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What does “.managed” mean in a babushka package name?

I did a search for java with babushka, and got the following results: Name | Source | Runs | ✓ | Command ---------------------+-------...
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Use `ln` to create a missing directory

So I'm writing a small package manager, and a problem I've run into is making the symbolic links to files. It installs the package to /usr/pkg/name-version, and then reads a file to determine what ...
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What's The Best(tm) way to install Emerald into Mint 12?

I understand that the Mint people seem to know what I want better than I do and all (kidding!) but I'd really like to get Emerald installed without resorting to compile from source. So far I can't ...
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Scan and get the packages installed on Ubuntu along with the version

Is there any Python code to get the list of packages installed on Ubuntu along with the version of the package? I have seen Python code at Generating list of manually installed packages and querying ...
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I cannot install new packages: “Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock”

I am new to Linux (installed Ubuntu for the first time yesterday), and have never dealt with any unix-based OS. I started using Linux for the sole purpose of collaborating code with my partners via ...
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How can I tell if a package is safe to update on CentOS?

I have a simple two-node CentOS cluster based on DRBD, Corosync and KVM. When I try to update its packages via yum it lists something like Updating: clusterlib x86_64 3.0.12.1-23....
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How to install/uninstall .deb packages?

.deb is the extension of the Debian software package format and the most often used name for such binary packages. Debian packages are also used in distributions based on Debian, such as Ubuntu and ...
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What package managers do popular Unix Distributions Use? [closed]

I am creating a Script and I need to know what package manager each Popular Unix Distribution Uses (especially those distros that are commonly-used for Servers)... I mean: Debian uses apt-get Fedora ...
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How to find a Fedora package providing a dependency I need?

I sometimes install software which isn't present in the repositories, and then I run into the problem of not satisfied dependencies. The error usually tells me which library or command is missing. ...
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is there a way to get newer packages when using a debian distribution?

I'm using a debian distribution (crunchbang). I like the distribution a lot, and as far as I know, it's not available in ubuntu form. However, I run into some issues with the package-manager lagging ...
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Where do the .deb files go when I select “download only” in Synaptic Package Manager?

Here is the situation. In Synaptic Package Manager, suppose I want to download package files of package_name. I follow following steps: Select package_name> Mark for installation > Accept additional ...
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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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“No package wine available” and “No package fluxbox available”

I'm running "Centos 6 64-bit" on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) (i.e. on the cloud). When I issue this command: "yum install vnc-server wine xterm fluxbox vsftpd firefox vnstat" I get some results ...
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How does the linux update manager work?

I want to know how the update manager for linux works. For instance, how does my linux distro check to see if there are any available updates for download and which servers to download these updates? ...
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No version information available?

How can I fix this problem? What is libzypp.so.1106 and and libaugeas.so.0? Why is this error repeated so many times in libzypp.so.1106? zypper: /usr/local/lib64/libxml2.so.2: no version information ...
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How to install wine-1.4 in the sid repo?

I want to install the latest version of Wine in my Debian box. There is wine_1.4-0.1_i386.deb in the pool/w/wine/ directory in the Debian mirrors. I have added testing, sid repos in the sources.list ...
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Allow non-admin users to install packages via apt or rpm?

Is it possible to allow non-root users to install packages system-wide using apt or rpm? The place where I work currently has an out of date setup on the linux boxes, and admins are sick of having to ...
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Some packages in mint not updating

I'm new to Linux Mint 12 and I can't tell for sure, but I think I'm missing some updates. When I run update manager and it's fetching the list of packages to be updated, a bunch of packages list ...
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How to see package version without install?

I want to see the version of a package before I install it. How can I do this?
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How to install RPM package on Angstrom

I'm using an embedded system with the Angstrom distribution on it. Now i'd like to configure a GPRS-Modem for it. So I downloaded the linux-driver from the homepage of the manufacterer to install it ...
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pattern to install dependencies in linux

Different OSes have different standard way of installing package dependencies; in OS X, all library dependencies are copied in the App folder. Windows application developers have both options; they ...
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Arch Linux netinstall - conflicting packages on install

I'm using the latest Arch Netinstall image. I just went through and selected about 150 packages to download and install. However, when I get to the "Install Packges" step, I get an error saying that I ...
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How to check dependencies of a package under OpenBSD?

AFAIK this is the way that I can install for ex.: XYZ on OpenBSD: pkg_add -Uvi XYZ How can I get a list for all the dependencies regarding XYZ package? -> So I need a list about .tgz filenames ...
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How to check downloaded package on OpenBSD 5.1?

Under linux there is a package called "ubuntu-keyring" - it's for checking that the downloaded packages (from the offical repositories) are the ones that are on the server. How can I do this under ...
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Resolve missing package dependencies when trying to install octave

I am trying to install the octave software package on a RHEL 6 Workstation. I have installed the epel-release 6.5 package to enable the EPEL package repository. When I try to install the octave using ...
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How to install emerald package on Mint?

How can I install the Emerald package on Mint? I cannot seem to find and install it in the Synaptic Package Manager. I think the repository of this package is missing. But I don't know where it is and ...
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Keeping track of the latest releases

How do people keep a track of the latest softwares being released? Let me say a distro group like slackware. A distro has ~25K+ packages and about a score of people involved. I hardly think these ...
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Why do most distros (other than Debian) recommend/require a full reinstall when upgrading to a new version?

Having spent most of my Linux life using Debian, I'm been having a look at other distros and am really surprised at extent to which they don't provide a smooth upgrade between versions. Debian is ...
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Git based package manager/installer for Linux

Is there any linux distro that has a git based package manager/installer. I want something similar to FreeBSD Ports (which is CVS based, I think) or Mac OS X Homebrew (git based).
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Using the apt package manager refuse an update for a specific package

I am attempting to upgrade a few packages using the apt package manager. However there is a specific package in the list that I don't want to upgrade. In fact I don't want anyone to ever upgrade it. ...
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Fedora list all packages not in a “clean” install

Is there some tool to show me all packages I've installed that are not part of the set of packages that comes with a "clean" install? I'm just cleaning out packages I don't use any more prior to ...
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How to manually uninstall urllib, urllib2, requests python packages?

I'm having a problem with urllib, urllib2 and requests, three python libraries. I use Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS and python 2.6.5 (we can use with python) (but I had installed manually, after the problem, ...
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Why does installing python-minimal package also grab the python package on Debian?

From running: apt-cache depends python2.6-minimal | grep Depends and apt-cache depends python2.6 | grep Depends it looks like python2.6 depends on python2.6-minimal and a lot more. However, ...
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In Debian based systems, how do we purge configuration files of packages that have already been uninstalled?

To be more specific, I would like to do the equivalent of adding the --purge flag to the following command sudo apt-get autoremove --purge [package name] to packages that are no longer on the ...
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Any other distro offer like Ubuntu Software Centre?

I want to know does any other linux disto offer anything close to Ubuntu Software Centre? Some of the features I like about it is A) Sandboxing B) Ability to search any of the libs/apps with ...