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what is the command to install 'xidel' on ubuntu? I tried sudo apt -get install xidel but I am getting an error 'Unable to locate package xidel'

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xidel is not in the official Ubuntu repositories (checked with apt-cache search xidel ).

Download appropriate package from their site http://www.videlibri.de/xidel.html#downloads, uncompress , and install. Best would be the *.deb package, which you can simply install with sudo dpkg -i /path/to/file.deb. Check if it asks for dependencies - you may need to install those first. Refer to this question https://askubuntu.com/q/80655/295286

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