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How to recreate /var/lib/dpkg/status?

I have deleted some files around /var/lib/dpkg/, namely: /var/lib/dpkg/status /var/lib/dpkg/available /var/lib/dpkg/info/* I understand Debian uses these files to keep some information about ...
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How to restrict access to an Arch package repository?

I have created a custom package repository for Arch Linux that holds packages that for various proprietary licensing reasons cannot be shared widely. Ideally I would like to make the repository ...
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Why can't I install the midnight commander on Debian?

The midnight commander is not installed on my Debian Linux, so I tried to download it. I ran apt-get install mc in the terminal but it says the pack is not found. I did this task as root and the ...
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All images and containers disappeared after host kernel downgrade

On the host machine was installed kernel 3.16. After installation the kernel 3.14 via deb package I lost all docker images and containers. Output of commands docker images and docker ps -a are empty. ...
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Find file names for executables, which are not used by other projects already

A new program which should be deployed as package for the major distributions should avoid name clashes. ls /usr/bin can show me that tail is a bad choice for a new binary file name. But how can I ...
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aptitude search doesn't see deb, but it exist in repo: http://http.kali.org/pool/main/s/simplejson/

OS: Kali Linux 64 bit ISO 1.0.9 www.kali.org/downloads/ package: python3-simplejson Here is: http://http.kali.org/pool/main/s/simplejson/ python3-simplejson_3.6.3-1_amd64.deb 24-Aug-2014 01:57 ...
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Install rpm from custom repo

I created a custom repo on one of my machines that I am able to grab updates from. However I also want to be able to install packages such as emacs,gcc, and the such from the repo. The updates work ...
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Resolving FreeBSD pkg conflicts

I'm having some problems getting my FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE-p7 system to update via pkg, when I run pkg upgrade, I get a worrying list of conflicts; I usually get scared about how much it's going to ...
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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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Upgrading Ubuntu 13.09 to 13.10 for LTS?

I am trying to upgrade my ubuntu installation so I can begin working with mod_mono for apache. I tried to the usual upgrade command but I am getting some odd results. Any help would be much ...
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Debian: prevent particular file from being overwritten during package upgrade

I understand that a package has two components: config and data files. During package upgrade (i.e. security upgrade) data files can be overwritten, but config files should always stay the same. Also ...
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Unable to locate an installed package

I just created an RPM and scp'd it to one of my servers at work. I have went forward and done: sudo rpm --install supportScripts-0.1-1.noarch.rpm Everything installed fine. But when I go to locate ...
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apt-get can't support https

On Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.60-1+deb7u3 x86_64 I'm using Ansible (software to manage and configure machines) to install Passenger and copy the sources.list from another machine. To ...
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Does installing a .deb or .rpm package always add a repository to one's system?

Installing Google's .deb or .rpm Chrome package adds the Google repository to one's system for automatic updates. Does installing a .deb or .rpm package always add a repository to one's system? If ...
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How to know disk space occupied by packages in OpenWrt?

I am trying to configure OpenWrt on my device and got out of space. I was downloading some tooling packages. Now how can I determine their weights so that decide what to uninstall? Is it possible to ...
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Unable to install package via APT

While attempting to install the package sw-nginx I encountered the following error messages: 0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 0 B/327 kB of archives. After ...
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Finding all software packages in Debian that provide a particular alternative

The Debian distribution has the Debian Alternatives System. From the Wiki: The Debian alternatives system creates a way for several programs that fulfill the same or similar functions to be ...
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Error while installing glibc-2.14 from source

The version of glibc in the repository is 2.13 so I couldn't use apt-get to install it. I downloaded the source code of glibc-2.14, but when I run ./configure command I get this error: checking for ...
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How to restore accidentally deleted kdesu

Trying to create a link to kdesu with: ln -s /usr/bin/kdesu /usr/lib64/kde4/libexec/kdesu I ended up without kdesu (I might have interchanged source and destination, not sure). Which is the package ...
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No Package Manager Kali Linux 1.0.9

I have been searching for this problem everywhere from last 6 hours but never came to an answer which I understood I don't have much experience on Kali Linux but I recently installed Kali Linux 1.0.9 ...
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Can't install Python3 package in Debian 7

I get error while installing python3 in Debian 7 (I have all updates installed): root@nuclight:~# aptitude install python3 The following NEW packages will be installed: python3 python3.2{a} 0 ...
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List packages coming from a specific Codename or Suite

I already know how to list every package from a given "origin", thanks to aptitude awesome search features: aptitude search "?origin(My Backports)" However, in the repository Release file, there ...
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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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Other than via configuration in /etc/yum.repos.d, where else can a repository be configured?

Helping out someone who inherited his environment. He wants to disable some repositories. This is an anonymized output of his yum repolist: luke@server1 $ sudo yum repolist Loaded plugins: rhnplugin, ...
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su authentication failure, sudo missing

After removing the vim-minimal package, because it was conflicting with the GUI Vim I was trying to install, sudo has disappeared, and su is giving an authentication failure. [portOdin@localhost ~]$ ...
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Is there an all-in-one command for RPM to downgrade a package to an older version?

I want to downgrade a couple RPMs. Is there a switch combination for that? For example, when upgrading, I usually run rpm -Uvh foo.rpm but my understanding is that the -U switch means that it only ...
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Too much installing and uninstalling? [closed]

Is this a problem on Linux like it is one Windows? Installing and uninstalling things that end up leaving behind little bits and pieces that accumulate and have a negative effect? If so, what can I ...
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Unable to install bsddb185, Python library for opening Berkeley DB version 1.85 files on Ubuntu

I am writing a python program that makes use of some legacy Berkeley DB 1.85 files. Unfortunately I am unable to install the bsddb185 Python package, either for Python version 2.x and for Python 3. ...
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How can I instruct yum to install a specifc version of package X?

If there are 2 versions of a given RPM available in a YUM repository, how can I instruct yum to install the version I want? Looking through the Koji build service I notice that there are several ...
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Is there a Software-Center (like in Ubuntu) in Debian?

I wondered if there is some easy to use Software-Center in Debian as well. (You can search and install software easily with it.) Software Center The program can be used to add and manage ...
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package manager with staging

my goal is to configure mirror-repository for packages (rpm, deb) which will have some features: staging (developing,testing,production) capability to back/forward stage doesn't take so much space ...
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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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How package managers update packages installed using git-packages?

If I install a git-package via packer or pacaur, then it will pull the current source-tree of the repo, compile, and install it. But how are updates handled? Is there a specific way to upgrade all my ...
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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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RPM “ghost” directive equivalent in debian packaging?

So I have worked with RPM (Redhat package manager) and it has a feature called ghost files. This type of file designates a file that is owned by the package, but is not necessarily installed through ...
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Why do slackware packages recreate symlinks after installation?

Reading through slackware's makepkg script, I saw that rather than putting symlinks directly into the package, it deletes them and generates a script called doinst.sh that recreates them after ...
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Removed GNOME desktop, cannot connect to internet from terminal

I'm using Fedora 19. I removed my GNOME-Desktop (sudo yum remove @gnome-desktop). After that when I try to connect to internet from command line i'm facing all sorts of issues.. Ethernet cable is ...
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Find out what 'apt-get install' did

This might be a really newbie question but here we go: How can I find out what commands a package ran to install the software with apt-get install <package>? For example, if I install a ...
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Sort installed applications according by usage frequency?

My / is running low. So I am considering freeing up some space by uninstalling some packages. “Which installed software packages use the most disk space on Debian?” already covers sorting by size, but ...
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“Packages have unmet dependencies” but I don't want to install these packages anymore. How do I clean this?

You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these: The following packages have unmet dependencies: fglrx-driver : Depends: libfglrx (= 1:14.4.2-1kali1) but it is not going to be installed ...
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Change packages from country local to global

I want to reinstall all packages in Ubuntu 13.10 that were downloaded from my country local repository to change them to global repository versions. I can work on system that is completely English, so ...
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How to find Debian packages that would free up the most space

Say I have a Debian machine where I would like to free up space on '/' by removing useless packages. To find good candidates of packages to review, I would like to focus my attention on the largest ...
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How can I remove a bunch of ancient packages on debian?

I'm running sid, and in the course of trying to cross-grade my system from i386 to amd64 I came across some ancient packages that I couldn't remove. Some background: I've had this system since ...
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Make a deb package that installs data under /var/www/data

I recently set up a PPA on Launchpad for distributing my web application. Since it's a server-app, I need to put my data into /var/www/html which apparently is not wanted by Lintian ...
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Missing repository problem (404 Not Found) [duplicate]

My system spec is: Release 15 (olivia) Kernel Linux 3.8.0-19-generic MATE 1.6.0 I have recently been unable to install or upgrade any new package. I am getting many errors like this: Err ...
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Fix dependencies without updating package?

I updated my Debian installation at home and it updated chromium to the (IMO) awfull 35.0 version. I removed it by using apt-get remove chromium and apt-get autoremove. I went here and grabbed the ...
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Update Manager tells me my system up to date but

Update Manager told me my 'system is up to date', but when I clicked 'Refresh' a list of recommended packages appeared. I presumed Linux Mint automatically updated when the system boots up; does it ...
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Find package that uses a specific shell command

I believe I have installed multiple packages that use the same shell command to run. I know one of them, but I only vaguely recall installing the other and thus cannot uninstall it. I believe they're ...
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Why uninstalling openjdk automatically triggers an installation of the alternatives on zypper openSUSE?

I installed openSUSE 13.1 and I want to install Oracle jdk. What I intended was to first uninstall open_jdk/ice tea stuff as I won't be needing them anyway but it seems I cannot uninstall them without ...
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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 ...