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What is the Fedora equivalent of the Debian build-essential package?

What is the Fedora equivalent of the Debian build-essential package?
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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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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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Why do some packages use 'make install' while other use 'sudo make install'

I recently installed LAME encoder on my server to convert wav to mp3 and that worked with './configure, make, make install; I then tried to install OGG encoder and that requires './configure, make, ...
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What is the rationale behind using non-numeric package component for the version?

In ubuntu (and not only in ubuntu) default repository you could see a package version like 2.2.14-5ubuntu8.12. Why do the maintainers give such a weird version in the central package repository? ...
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How to automatically generate .desktop file?

There's a .deb software that doesn't have a .desktop file, I created that file. I want to create another package for that software, when the user installs it, I want the .desktop file to be generated ...
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backup list of installed packages

I want to reinstall my linux system (specifically linux mint). I have kept important data elsewhere, so I can safely remove everything. However, I want to do the following: save the list of ...
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How to “manually fix this package” (aptitude error)?

Whenever I try to aptitude install something I get this error: E: I wasn't able to locate a file for the libxmlrpc-c3 package. This might mean you need to manually fix this package. (due to ...
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Noninteractive script running over ssh is interrupted as apt-get finishes

When I run the following non interactive script on Ubuntu Server 13.04 it's interrupted when lxc-docker package finishes installation. Script : ssh -o StrictHostKeychecking=no -t -t -i $CERT ...
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What is the equivalent of “ubuntu-desktop” package in Debian?

In Ubuntu, we can upgrade from text-mode installation to GUI desktop environment by installing ubuntu-desktop package. How to do the same with Debian?
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Is there a way to determine what packages or libraries should be loaded to support an executable?

There is an executable I want to install on a computer that I can't recompile that wasn't built as a package, and I want to download the libraries it requires to run them. Below is part of the output ...
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Why do some Debian packages have a “+deb7u2” suffix?

I figured the "7u2" part stood for "Debian 7.2" (aka "wheezy"). But I'm wondering if anybody knows the official answer as to why some packages have it and others do not. Example: ...
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Aptitude - Remove all Packages in X11 catagory, except for dependencies of a specific package

I would like to remove most of the packages in the X11 category from my system, however some of those packages are depended on by the 'beaglebone' package. How could I ask aptitude to remove ...
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Debian: Is it possible/safe to install packages from an older version of the repository?

I'm currently running Debian testing (Wheezy) and am trying to get SCIM working. I want to install the scim-pinyin package, but there is no such package available in the testing repository, although ...
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How to install b43-firmware on arch without internet access?

I currently don't have wire internet access in the PC I'm trying to install arch to, but my other PC (win7) can access the internet just fine. I tried downloading the b43 package from the AUR and copy ...
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Difference between .deb files and .run file

What is the difference between creating .deb files and installing them and just running a .run file?
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Linux Need Basic Libraries Without Internet

So I've been battling with my debian install lately, it doesn't have the firmware for either eth0 or wan0 NIC's. However, I got a firmware.zip file that I need to extract to /lib/firmware. The problem ...
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CentOS: Install packages listed in a text file?

I have an existing CentOS installation which I'd like to install extra packages to. The packages to be installed were supplied to me in a list, one package per line, which looks like: .... ...
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Where to find descriptions of Ubuntu's packages (e.g. zlib1g, build-essential)?

I'm learning about Unix and as part of that, I'd like to have some idea of what all these packages I've been told to install are. I've found that Googling the package name doesn't always reveal ...
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Error while loading shared libraries after installing a program

I was installing rfc5766-turn-server. But it fails to launch with an error: error while loading shared libraries: libevent_core-2.0.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory ...
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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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Octave package installation: “couldn't create installation directory”

I am trying to install the statistics package (1.0.10) for Octave (3.2.4), which requires the miscellaneous package. When installing the miscellaneous package (1.0.11) I receive the following error: ...
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Submit an updated manpage

I found missing information in the manpage for scp when using IP6: there is no hint that you have to use slash masked brackets around the IP when using scp -6: scp -6 ...
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How can I tell whether a package is installed via yum in a bash script?

I am trying to write a script that installs packages, but if it fails at any point later in the script rolls back whatever it installed. Of course if the user has already previously installed a ...
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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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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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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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Where can I download the /usr/dict/ packages?

I am looking for free lists of words in multiple languages. I understand that linux distributions do have such lists in /usr/dict. Is it possible to download these from somewhere without having to ...
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How can I upgrade a package recursively in Arch Linux?

Is there any equivalent to FreeBSD's portupgrade -R in Arch Linux? From man portupgrade: -R --upward-recursive Act on all those packages required by the given ...
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Why is NetworkManager package name upper case?

All other software packages are lower case, so why NetworkManager upper case?
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How to install listings package in Kubuntu for LaTeX?

I installed LaTeX on my Kubuntu with those commands: sudo apt-get install abntex sudo apt-get install texmaker sudo apt-get install texlive-latex-base texlive-latex-extra texlive-latex-recommended ...
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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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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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“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 can I install Ubuntu messaging menu on Mint?

One thing I like about Ubuntu is the messaging menu. Can I add the ubuntu messaging menu to Mint 12?
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How to easily install and uninstall unix packages

Hey everyone. I'm using the Ubuntu server for some time now. Everything is working fine, installing packages is a piece of cake. Usually I use aptitude or apt-get for package management. But...! There ...
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Self complied version of GCC overwriting package installed version [duplicate]

I'm using debian to do most of my coding work, and I was doing a homework project that required a certain version of gcc to compile the program I was working on. I downloaded the gcc source and ...
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Custom resolution in Fedora 11

I am currently building a custom embedded project for which I need to display Fedora 11 on a small screen 800*480 pixels. Can anyone one suggest to me a way of doing it. As I am a complete noob I ...
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Build a package for Debian

I'm try to build a Debian package, using this commands : debian/rules clean dpkg-source -b . debian/rules build debian/rules binary I've got this file : myprog_1.1.0.orig.tar.gz myprog_1.1.0-1.dsc ...
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ssmtp package missing in debian jessie - alternatives?

I'm missing the ssmtp package in debian jessie alpha 1 (extremely simple MTA to get mail off the system to a mail hub). It's available in wheezy and sid. Has this package been discontinued? What are ...
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debian: remove all packages installed on a specific day

I have to remove all packages installed on a specific day. My solution is to look up the file /var/log/dpkg.log, find out the entry with the right date, extract the names of the packages and remove ...
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Verifying Debian/Ubuntu packages integrity when booting from a read-only DVD?

Is there an easy way to boot a Debian-based Linux system from a read-only medium (say a Live Linux read-only DVD) and then use Debian's .deb checksums / signatures (?) to verify that the files ...
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Find and install Mint's default packages into new Ubuntu install

So I use Mint a lot, but wish to switch to Ubuntu due to trivial updating Ubuntu offers. Problem with Ubuntu is that a lot of neat packages (Such as right click commands for open in terminal etc) ...
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How can I configure iptables for per application setup?

I am working on a project where we are building lots of micro-services. Each service is neatly packaged as an RPM. Ideally I'd like for us to have iptables enabled on all of our machines and it would ...
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[solved]Package manager in FreeBSD 10

I was trying to install a package using pkg add, but I got the reply that package manager not installed To install that I used: tar -C /tmp -zvxf pkg-1.2.1_1.txz and then: ...
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can't open netbeans IDE in Fedora 17

my linux version is: Fedora 17 I installed Netbeans IDE 7.1.2 and it was working fine, but now, when I try to open it, nothing happens after double clicking on it. I think updating the kernel may be ...
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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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What is the difference between a linux package and a linux module?

when I do dpkg --get-selections or less /proc/modules I see two different list. I don't understand the difference between the elements of each...
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Figuring out installed packages on Ubuntu from filesystem backup

I have a full filesystem backup from my Ubuntu box, and my OS disk crashed. Is there a way to list all installed packages (like dpkg -l does but) from the backup? The logfiles are not an option as ...
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Update a Red Hat repo with no packages

I'm attempting to install a handful of packages on my RHEL 5.10 (Tikanga) server, however I'm prevented from doing this because of an installed repo with zero packages. When I do yum repolist, it ...