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Is it possible to install a linux desktop environment from a live cd?

My question is about Linux in general but lets suppose my ubuntu isn't working property, booting in tty or whatever. I have no internet connection but I have ubuntu live cd. Is it possible to ...
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RPM specfile for C/C++ project: how do I know how to fill in Requires and BuildRequires fields?

I have several C/C++ projects with sources and makefiles and I'm trying to pack them into rpms. Defining the dependencies for the created packages has become a problem for me. Concretely I need to ...
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How to remove all software

How can I remove all software installed on my Linux distribution? I'm using Debian: $ uname -a Linux debian 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.51-1 x86_64 GNU/Linux I want to go back to the original ...
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Distro with pip and npm as package managers?

Is there an attempt of distro around that for Python and Node code ( and Ruby , Lua ) would use Pip, NPM and rubygems and luarocks respectively ? It could simply work as a passthrough from native ...
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How to remove a package built from source that has the same name of another package?

I'm running Debian 7.3 and I built Python 2.7.6 from source and it was installed in /usr/local/lib/python2.7 I used checkinstall to create a .deb package so I can easily uninstall it later, the ...
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How to update a mix of packages and ports on FreeBSD

I mostly use packages on FreeBSD, because most of them suit me just fine. Some don't suit me, however, like the vim package, which does not include a graphical gvim. No problem. I can install the ...
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How to install the latest Python version on Debian separately or upgrade?

I'm still new to Linux, so I'm still trying to understand where executables and their libraries are and how to install packages, so I have Debian Wheezy 7.3 which has these Python versions: Python ...
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Selectively build packages with dpkg-buildpackage

When you download source codes with apt-get source command, it usually consists of multiple packages, e.g the eglibc source package contains glibc-doc, libc-bin, etc. Now with dpkg-buildpackage ...
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dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of initramfs-tools

I started an upgrade of my Kubuntu 12.04 system with this command, as usual: sudo apt-get --show-upgraded dist-upgrade I came back later and it had failed: Preconfiguring packages ... (Reading ...
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Installing ia32 Libs Need to Downgrade Packages

I've been trying to install ia32 libs for ADB and fastboot through apt-get but I get a message stating I have held broken packages. So I have tried Aptitude and instead Aptitude keeps telling me that ...
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Aptitude - uninstalling autoinstalled packages that are recommended by other packages

I am running a Debian Wheezy install on a system where space is tight. Hence, I've turned off the "Automatically install recommended packages" option. The problem occurs if I install a package which ...
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Can I remove *-dev packages if I'm not compiling apps from source code?

I rarely compile source code myself and mostly install stuff using apt-get. So, can I safely uninstall all those *-dev files? Or are some apps reliant on them?
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Find all web servers in the repository

I need to find all the web servers available from the repository for an ARM-based Debian appliance. I ran the following, but it returns too many hits (including libraries, etc.): apt-get update ...
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How to search for available software in repositories though CLI?

I want to be able to search all available software like one would using "Synaptic Package manager" or "Ubuntu Software Center" through Command Line.` I want a better way than pressing Tab after ...
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Is there a map of package names across the different package management systems? [duplicate]

I have amassed a small collection of *nix boxes (Fedora, Ubuntu, CentOS and Puppy) and there are a couple of projects I'm considering that I need to install additional libraries. Specifically, this ...
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Is there a way to “stabilize” past built unstable Gentoo binary packages without rebuilding?

Here's the scenario: build some ~amd64 package versions on your binhost later those same package versions go stable in portage, so no version bumps involved even if packages are listed stable in ...
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Error while running apt-get update

I am getting the below mentioned error while I am running "sudo apt-get update" command. Fetched 1,592 kB in 4min 5s (6,489 B/s) Reading package lists... Error! E: Encountered a section with no ...
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FreeBSD 8.4 pkgdb fails after upgrade to Ruby 1.9

I just upgrade Ruby 1.8 to Ruby 1.9. After the upgrade I followed the instructions in the UPDATING file located in /usr/ports. I issued the following two commands: portmaster -o lang/ruby19 ...
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Error while trying to create RPM for java app

I'm new to RPM packaging and I got stuck for quite a long time and cannot find root cause of the problem. I'm not quite sure I fully understand the concept of BuildRoot in the spec file. My RPM ...
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Debian 7.3 can't remove postgresql

Solved: I removed /var/lib/dpkg/info/postgresql-8.4 Now everything is fine. sudo rm -r /var/lib/dpkg/info/postgresq* I got this problem: alex@VRIL ~ % sudo apt-get install python3 Reading ...
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When removing a Debian package, how can I also remove Python *.pyc files?

I have a Debian package say XYZ.deb which copies some file on installation. As per Debian package policy on package uninstallation only those files will be removed which were copied during ...
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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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What is the difference between apt-get and dpkg?

I have several questions regarding apt-get vs. dpkg. Do they install to the same place? Is info from these tools 1 to 1 with each other? Is there any difference in the commands utility?
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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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Cross-Distro Compatibility- What's stopping it?

For example, why can't I run Ubuntu programs on Fedora or Arch, and vice versa? And on the same note, why can't I use apt-get in Fedora or pacman in LFS? And what about .deb and .rpm files? Could ...
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Arch Linux pacman specifying package version

I know that I can define wanted package version in pacman like shown in its manual pacman -S "bash>=3.2". But how do I know what versions are available? I also know that pacman is creating copy ...
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What's .deb and .rpm and how is it different from .msi?

What are these file formats and how do they differ from the .msi format in Windows? Also what are the pros and cons of these package management schemes?
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Installed library packages cannot be found on OpenWRT

I have been compiling / installing custom packages for OpenWRT. I kept running into problems when I was compiling getting errors like: Package x is missing dependencies for the following libraries: ...
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Removed `rm` command in cygwin

Having the need to use a bash shell on a Windows computer (I'll spare you the details), I installed Cygwin, and a friend as a joke ran rm /usr/bin/rm on the terminal, and surprisingly nothing much ...
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Do applications usually use dynamic linked libraries?

If I want to compile an application which needs packages that are not provided by distribution's package manager and I want to generate a distribution package from it, do users who use this ...
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Recently installed applications missing from $PATH

When I install apps using apt-get or NVM or NPM on Ubuntu, I can type the command and it works. Then I log out of the shell and log back in. Now none of the things I installed work when I ask for ...
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Remove only unused dependencies using Synaptic

As all distros, install much unused software, so does PCLinuxOS. But when I am trying to remove this software using Synaptic, it marks the dependencies as "to be removed" too. The problem is that ...
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Why am I getting so many hits searching for “git” in the aptitude cache?

When I give the following command: apt-cache search git | wc -l I get the answer 756. How can I list just the half-dozen or so apps associated with git?
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Give me any package!

I'm running an older LTS version of Ubuntu and I cannot upgrade due to my VPS. Given that, is there any way I can force apt-get to let me have access to all the newest packages from any repository ...
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Clobber everything to do with a package

I'm looking for a way to just remove every last trace of NodeJS and NPM anywhere on my system -- everything! I'm not concerned about losing data... I just want my system to be exactly as if I had ...
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Which of the following files are true orphan (lost) files and can be safely removed?

I am using a script called lostfiles to list all orphaned (lost) files which do not belong to any package on my Arch Linux system. Whilst for most files I am fairly sure that I can safely delete them ...
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What's the right way to install an appropriate package containing <signal.h> on a Linux Mint VM?

I have Linux Mint installed on a VM: Linux jonathan-mint-virtual-machine 3.5.0-43-generic #66-Ubuntu SMP Wed Oct 23 17:33:43 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux I tried to compile something that ...
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How do you know what development packages to install before compiling a program from source? [duplicate]

An example for Python: What are the packages/libraries I should install before compiling Python from source? At this point, the only way I know is to ./configure and wait for it to stop at errors, ...
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Debian's no more needed packages

I'm using Crunchbang Linux on my laptop. I noticed a strange behavior of the package manager: when installing a package from the official repo (libdirectfb-extra in my case) apt told me that a bunch ...
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How can I uninstall packages from the command line on Ubuntu?

I am wondering how one would uninstall software from the command line/terminal. What commands would I use?
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TexLive and RHEL 6 — can I install 2011 *in addition* to 2007?

Our environment is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. By default, RHEL 6 comes with a version of TexLive from 2007. A user would like one of the extensions to TexLive ("PDFTex") to be updated. From ...
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Is there an online/web interface to search and list apt-get packages and see summaries and recommendations?

I'm looking for sort of an 'app-store' or Google Play store type functionality for apt-get packages. What I'd really like to do is select a category, like 'Music' or 'Internet' and see the list of ...
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Identifying unused repositories in Yum

Is there a way to identify an unused repository in Centos/RHEL? I have quite a few repositories installed on a Centos machine and I'm not sure which ones are actually needed and which ones aren't. ...
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Debian package naming convention?

It's all very confusing. There are different examples out there, for e.g.: <package-name>_<epoch>:<upstream-version>-<debian.version>-<architecture>.deb source: ...
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“debuild -S” changes debian/control

I'm trying to modify an nvidia-related package from the Ubuntu Saucy repositories. I change the Build-Depends: line, I run debuild -S to generate a source upload for my PPA, and... surprise, the ...
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List of installed programs without running a program in the system

My Linux Mint 15 broke and there seems to be no way to fix it. I cannot boot it so I haven't got access to the terminal. What I'm going to do is make a backup of /home with a flash disk running Mint ...
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How can I know if a virtual package is “installed” on a Debian system?

Some packages, have a Provides: header. For example, the package postfix on Debian Wheezy has Provides: mail-transport-agent. The package mail-transport-agent which doesn't exist physically is ...
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Conflict between amd64 and i386 packages with same dependencies

I am running a Debian Wheezy (7.2), wich has a 64bit architecture, and wish to install cups and oracle xe on it. I installed cups through apt-get, and followed those steps to install oracle. However, ...
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Install specific version of X11 for xmonad?

I wanted to compile xmonad from source, so I checked out the code and ran the first command from the README. $ runhaskell Setup.lhs configure --user --prefix=$HOME Configuring xmonad-0.12... ...
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Gdm uninstallation fails (“pre-removal script returned error”)

I installed gdm on my vps and now I want to remove it but get this error: root@server2:/etc/init.d# apt-get remove gdm3 Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state ...