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What are the best tools for resolving unmet dependencies when compiling from source? I read about 'apt-file' and 'checkinstall' from ubuntu documentation however i just can't seem to install these two(2) packages in the terminal with sudo apt-get install command or through synaptic package manager or software centre. Thanks in advance

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why can't you install those packages? Are there errors? – user1974 Apr 5 '11 at 0:19
Well terminal reports that those packages can't be found – Mysterio Apr 5 '11 at 5:05
maybe you don't have the universe repository installed? You may find apt-cache policy (package) useful. It tells you whether the package is installable. – user1974 Apr 6 '11 at 1:49
Got the packages now all i had to do was a sudo apt-get update after enabling all the repos in the software sources. Can you throw more light weight the your apt-cache policy command – Mysterio Apr 6 '11 at 8:25
up vote 3 down vote accepted

sudo apt-get build-dep (package)

That should install all the packages needed to build something. You may also need to install build-essentials

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Already installed build essentials but still can't those two packages. I'll try the build-dep later and report – Mysterio Apr 5 '11 at 5:10

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