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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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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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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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Should I restart after a pacman upgrade?

after running sudo pacman -Syyu or sudo pacman -S [something to install] should I restart just to be safe?
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Effect of compiling from source on already installed applications

I use Ubuntu 12.04. Say I have installed package x from the repository (with all its dependencies) at version 1.7 but I need some functionality that is only available in version 1.8, so I download the ...
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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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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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What is the difference between i686 and x86_64 packages?

I have a machine with both glibc i686 and x86_64, and a very annoying problem with glibc. Is it normal to have two libraries of the same name installed on one computer? How can I know which library ...
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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 do I create a local repository for NixOS/nixpkgs?

All the instructions I find for creating a local repository of Nix packages involve creating a local clone of the main nixpkgs tree and adding to that. Is there a way I can care a small repository ...
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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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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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How to install exactly the same packages on another computer in openSUSE?

Another computer can be as well virtual machine. I cannot make disk clone because of hardware differences and settings. I have computer A, installed and running, I also have computer B. I will ...
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Reinstalling all Debian packages

I killed by mistake a dpkg process running in the background and I would like to reinstall all packages to be sure everything is allright. First, I tried to get a list of all packages and reinstall ...
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Can I determine what changed in an upgraded package using apt or dpkg on Debian 6?

I just did an apt-get upgrade on my Debian 6 development server and noticed that a certain package named tinyproxy was upgraded. I have a particular interest in seeing precisely what changed in that ...
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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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wget downloaded file names with absolute path for use with apt-get

I'm looking for a way of updating a machine that is offline. For that purpose I found this explanation using --print-uris from apt-get. I have successfully installed new packages (and dependencies) ...
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Download ALL rpms for a product

I have two CentOS machines, one 6.3 box (A), and another CentOS 6.1. (B) 6.3 box is with internet connection, 6.1 box is without internet connection. I want to download ALL dependencies of a product ...
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How to install / parse build dependencies from debian/control?

Let's suppose you downloaded a source code folder, that contains an existing /debian/ folder as well as /debian/control file. Let's suppose the package in question is not in Debian official ...
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How to find where a library is installed?

I have installed libgoogle-perftools-dev via software center in Ubuntu 12.04. As suggested by http://pj.freefaculty.org/blog/?p=140, I want to add to my cpp file: #include <gperftools/profiler.h&...
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How to find out if a specific package is installed on Debian?

I'm working with a Raspberry Pi B+ and Raspbian 5/5/2015 and some guides that are a few years old. I've got an external NTFS HDD hooked up to the Pi. Due to the articles age(s), common practices ...
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Package management without the need of root permission

Am looking for a way to install packages in home folder. This thread suggests using apt-get source ./configure --prefix=$HOME However, it doesn't provide a way to manage dependencies like apt-get ...
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How to find the packages that depend on a certain package in apt?

How can I get, not the dependencies of a package, but the packages that are depending on a certain package? I'm on debian 6.0 Squeeze-LTS (the first-time extension to squeeze for long term support!) ...
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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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Update from elementary OS Freya beta to stable

Freya stable released toady and I have installed Freya beta 2. I want to update to stable so tried using sudo apt-get dist-upgradebut it shows nothing. Do I have to make a clean install or is a update ...
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What is the equivalent of apt-file in portage, if any? [duplicate]

Hunting for dependencies when compiling software from the scratch is practically unavoidable. In Debian-based Linux distributions which use the apt-get utility to manage packages, there is also a nice ...
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Adding Kali repositories has changed the output of lsb_release on Debian host

I installed Kali in virtualbox with Debian as my host. I've done it several times. But, when I reboot my host I noticed Debian is missing from the list of OS'es in the GRUB menu. It's showing Kali. ...
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Add repositories in Kali Linux 2.0 [closed]

How do I add repositories in Kali Linux 2.0, and what, if any are the repercussions of doing so?
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How to remove a group of no longer needed Debian packages?

When building software, I sometimes need to install libraries, binaries, etc. which are only required to build the package but then I forget about removing them, so I end having to cleanup several ...
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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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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 memory-...
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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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track down executables installer

I have a freshly installed debian system It has vim installed using apt-get install vim Now I have the command xxd installed on the system. I know that this had to have come from the vim ...
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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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Tring to install Atom Text Editor on my Arch by using Yaourt

I am currently trying to install Atom Text Editor (atom-editor on Yaourt). However I get the errors below: ==> Downloading atom-editor-arch PKGBUILD from AUR... x .SRCINFO x .gitignore x PKGBUILD ...
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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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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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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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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 gstreamer-0_10-plugin-...
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Fixing broken packages in a Debian testing distribution

I'm playing around with Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) in a VirtualBox instance to try it out and see if it'd be good for a main operating system for me. I'm pretty competent with most system ...
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Can one install an armel Ubuntu package on armhf Ubuntu system?

My particular concern is about installing "coq" in Ubuntu 12.04 for Toshiba AC100 (armhf distro), which hasn't been built successfully for armhf, but is available for armel -- https://answers....
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Tools to manage a custom installation prefix for software compiled from source?

What package managers exist which can handle compiling and installation development version (git head) into a configurable installation prefix? I.e. by typing a command, I want to be able to: ...
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How to manage Debian source code packages using aptitude or apt?

Background: I would like to regularly download and install source to /usr/src for certain important development packages. (For me: Qt5 and friends.) I have seen this other question about one-time ...
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not suceed in installing a self-built package using fpm

I am following this example to build a deb file from the result of configure/make/make install, which succeeds. Then I used fpm to create a deb file: # fpm -s dir -t deb -n nodejs -v 0.6.0 -C /tmp/...
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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' tools,...
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List explicitly removed packages (apt)

The question unix.SE/3595 asks how to list packages that I explicitly installed. By explicit it means, packages that I choose, not including anything installed by default, or pulled in by the ...
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APTonCD equivalent for Fedora

Is there an equivalent of APTonCD for Fedora? I tried googling and found YUMonCD but wanted to know if there exists some package in the repos.
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Debian Stable libgl1-nvidia-glx:i386 not found (trying to install Steam)

I just installed Debian and now I am trying to set up Steam. I did the first 2 steps in the 64 bit instructions and also installed ia32-libs. But when I run the following: apt-get install libgl1-...
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Mint 12: I can't open synaptic package manager

I have Mint 12 Lisa DVD edition, 32 bit verion. I have kde and gnome. I can't open the Synaptic package manager. When I click on it, I am asked to enter my password, I do so and click authenticate, ...
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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 ...