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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 apt 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 ...
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What kind of Linux can verify all of its files / packages like debsums(Debian), but more?

# debsums -a, --all check configuration files (normally excluded) However, there is large amount of temporary, ancillary files here and there, not only in tmp-dir. About 4,000 of binaries .pyc ...
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CentOS 6 - No Updates

I've had a CentOS 6.3 VM set up for some time now, but I'm not seeing any updates when I run yum check-update, or yum list-security. There has to be something (especially with Apache/MySQL!). If I ...
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Pruning the package tree with apt-get and yum

I love the Macports and Arch package managers, because I can generate a listing of all of the packages that I have manually installed, and "prune" the package tree every once in a while to keep my ...
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what is “play” command/package available by default in Linux Mint and how to remove it

I'm trying install play framework on Linux Mint and setup its variable: export PATH=$PATH:/relativePath/to/play But command can't run because it's being overlapped by another play command which was ...
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Adding ALSA module in Python in Linux

I have recently started working in linux, I wanted to to add ALSA module in my Python. I have used this, sudo apt-get install libasound2-dev After that I've installed pyalsa package, pyalsa ...
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Where are linux packages hosted? (Debian in particular)

I'm trying to understand some things about package managers Debian wheezy packages, like when you do apt-get install example and suppose you never added sources. Where does apt look for the package ...
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I just want to install a package! [closed]

I spent a few hours trying to install a package and didn't succeed; it seems like that just happens sometimes in a Linux environment. Background: The package I want to install is available as 1) a ...
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Universal package manager for install/uninstall? [duplicate]

All I truly want a package manager for is to install an app in a location of my choice, make symlinks if I want them, and remove everything when I'm done with the app. Keeping track of all the ...
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How to install software from Arch boot disk to existing Arch system?

I've got an existing Arch Linux installation. After booting from the installation media, is there some way to install software either from the installation media or using the network I've set up using ...
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Installing Packages Offline On Linux Mint

Is it possible to create a linux software package on windows ,store it on a USB stick and then install it on a linux system which is not connected to the internet ? For example I would like to ...
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What packages are installed by default in Debian? Is there a term for that set? Why some of those packages are `automatically installed` and some not?

It's a very simple question, but I wonder, is there a term to refer to the subset of packages that is automatically installed by Debian distribution? I though that it had something to do with ...
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debian/watch for Fedora

How do Fedora maintainers track new versions of upstream package sources? Is there anything like debian/watch in the Fedora/Red Hat world?
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What do '+b#' packages versions mean in Debian?

Today I checked out my upgrades and saw 63 upgrades in Debian testing. Fine. I got curious because most of them are held back, so I used -V to see the versions. To my surprise, most of them where ...
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Incompatible versions of libsqlite3-0 (i386 and amd64) block each other

I'm trying to install the various i386 libraries required for skype on linux (debian 7.0 wheezy 64-bit), but I've run into a problem where apparently the two versions of libsqlite-3-0 are each ...
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Does Control+C delete the files that you were downloading and installing? [closed]

If you are installing a package in the terminal and you use Control+C to stop it, does it also undo all the changes and remove the files that it downloaded?
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Using ABI_X86 in Gentoo

For one reason or another (I've been busy, I guess), it's been months since I've updated my Gentoo system. And, as you can imagine, this means there's a lot of packages (and USE changes) I need to go ...
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How to download a file from repo, and install it later w/o internet connection?

Assuming that I want to install a program called leafpad later. Currently the only way to install it is via: yum install leafpad -y but I want to save this and install it later without internet ...
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Ways to update Ubuntu (debian-based distros) offline

What is the easiest way to update/upgrade an offline Ubuntu machine with the help of a Windows machine that has internet access? This question also applies to installing new packages offline and not ...
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Uninstalling software packages, without removing the downloaded .deb in apt-cache?

Currently I am running Wheezy 32-bit, and recently I installed FreeSWITCH from the official repos. However, I realized that for the purpose I had in mind, I needed to rebuild FreeSWITCH myself, from ...
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How do I create an RPM package that would fail a YUM transaction if certain creteria are met

I'm trying to package a product consisting of many packages. I'm successful with writing all the spec files, the dependencies between the packages and so on. They're all installed and work fine. The ...
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How to quickly create a local apt repository for random packages using a Debian based linux distribution?

Some situations call for manually installing a local package using dpkg -i <packagename>. Sometimes it may be further useful to leverage the functionality of apt with that package so the ...
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Will purging GNOME remove gedit? [closed]

If I remove the GNOME desktop environment from my Debian 7 installation, will that also remove additional applications like gedit or will they remain installed and usable?
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Equivs: enhance or update an existing package without uninstalling?

Some background: I'm using Debian 7 as my main environment, and I want to tell my system that I have glibc = 2.15 in addition to the environment's required glibc = 2.13 for the purposes of using some ...