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How to remove/install a package that is not fully installed?

I went to install bsnes the other day and for whatever reason the installation failed. Now, I cannot update, install new packages, or do basically any apt-get commands as they all try to process this ...
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Ignoring specific unmet dependencies with aptitude?

This is my situation: I've installed a program called ipe "forcably" through a deb package; the reason for this is that ipe depends on texlive-latex-base, however, I already maintain a separate ...
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Aptitude or something else?

I'm pretty new to Ubuntu and Linux in general. I've also already managed to bork a few installs. Anyways, my question is whether I should stick with a package manager like Aptitude or is there ...
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Downgrading a package with older version “physically” in the repository

I want to downgrade from OpenJDK Update 25 to OpenJDK Update 21. If I look, for example, at security.ubuntu.com or at mirror.pnl.gov, I can see that .deb files for Update 21 are still there, however, ...
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The && concatenator stopped working when executing “sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude upgrade”. ¿Why is that happening?

Problems with && concatenator. It stopped concatenating. I ran: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:igorgomes/ppa sudo aptitude update The aptitude update command began generating a screen output ...
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Obsolete packages vs. orphaned packages

What is the difference between obsolete and orphaned packages? More specifically, why does deborphan produce this: dave@ubuntu:~$ deborphan libbind9-80 libllvm3.1 libgrail5 libpython3.2 libsvga1 ...
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How to install xnviewmp using package management aptitude `apt-get` on Ubuntu 12.10?

How to install xnviewmp using package management aptitude apt-get on Ubuntu 12.10? Visiting https://apps.ubuntu.com/cat/applications/xnviewmp/ and clicking through to software center ends results in ...
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1answer
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Install a package manager without package manager

I'm doing some work on a really, really minimalistic Debian dist and noticed that there is no package manager on it. Can anyone tell me how I can fix this? There is no GUI but I have a Internet ...
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How exactly does Synaptic keep track of “New in repository” packages?

Is this info part of APT cache or does it create a separate file to compare with new cache? Where is it stored then?
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I'm having a multi-arch problem. How can I fix it?

Running the following commands give me the same abrupt ending, any ideas? 1. sudo apt-get -f install -y Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... ...
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1answer
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Compiled package and dependency management

I have a package that depends on squid 3.2. I want to replace squid 3.2 with source compiled version of squid 3.3 beta (which is not available in repository). When I remove squid 3.2, the depending ...
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1answer
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apt lists in /var/lib/apt/lists overwritten with html page for Starbucks wifi terms

I sat down at Starbucks this afternoon to do some work (Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop x64), and got the red-circle-with-white-line error icon in the systray notifying of a package error. Also, apt, aptitude, ...
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How can I remove all build dependencies for a particular package?

When I want to compile something from source in Ubuntu/Debian, I usually get build-dependencies by running "sudo apt-get build-dep PACKAGE_NAME" in the terminal. They are (usually) useless once the ...
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How do I install a package with aptitude?

I've looked at an aptitude tutorial and read the man page, but I just don't get it. After you launch aptitude, how do you say "install package foo"? Or search for all packages with "foo" in their ...
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1answer
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how safe is deb http://debian.nfgd.net/debian unstable main?

How safe is it to install these two packages? root@dur:/home/thufir# root@dur:/home/thufir# tail /etc/apt/sources.list ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party ## ...
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What is “Manual Package Selection” in Ubuntu Server?

What does choosing "Manual Package Selection" allow me to do, versus choosing one of the other options?
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How can I set up aptitude-curses so that it doesn't automatically select *recommended* packages?

When I select a package for installation using aptitude-curses, sometimes a huge list of extra packages appear selected under "Packages being automatically installed to satisfy dependencies". When I ...
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1answer
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What's the meaning of “action flag” of a package?

Suppose the flag of a package is "pi". I learnt that the "i" stands for "i - the package will be installed." What's the meaning of "will be installed", please?
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1answer
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Can't remove libreoffice3.5-dict-de package

I just installed the wrong version of LibreOffice (x86 instead of 64bit). So I tried to remove it but I get this error: > aptitude remove libreoffice3.5-dict-de Couldn't find package ...
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Install .deb on from CD-ROM while offline with default applications only

I have an application with a .deb package to install it. If the user is online, everything works fine. However, I need to support installing on offline computers from a CD-ROM, and I can only assume ...
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1answer
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aptitude package install error

apt-get install -f gives following Errors were encountered while processing: flashplugin-downloader:i386 flashplugin-installer E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1) I am unable ...
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Uninstalling package unrecognized by aptitude

Some times ago I installed qtikz on my system, but I don't remember if I did it via dpkg -i --force-architecture or directly from source (perhaps via checkinstall). In short, it is not working and I ...
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How do I show the paths of a package in aptitude?

I know how to show the paths where I installed a package with dpkg: $ dpkg -L gnome How can I do that with aptitude?
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Why do some packages conflict with themselves?

After an upgrade to Oneiric I have had some troubles with the package manager (it wanted to remove half of my system, including libc6, zlib1g packages etc). During the fight with aptitude I've noticed ...
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1answer
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Restoring all data and dependencies from dpkg --set-selections '*'

So I can run on one machine: dpkg --get-selections '*' > selection.txt On another machine: dpkg --set-selections < selection.txt ... followed by either of the following: aptitude install ...
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2answers
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Equivalent of yum distro-sync?

In redhat-based distros, the yum tool has a distro-sync command which will synchronize packages to the current repositories. This command is useful for returning to a base state if base packages have ...
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Partially Dist-upgrade from CLI?

Sometimes a sudo aptitude upgrade fails and sudo aptitude upgrade --full-resolver then wants to remove about 100 Packages, because of "dependecy conflicts". Often I can then start update-manager and ...
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1answer
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“aptitude update” as cronjob, customize the cron-mail-output

I have set up aptitude update as cronjob for root and sending the mail to my normal user account. What I want to have now, is that all the output of aptitude is ommited and instead only a ...
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Aptitude offers to remove some packages but apt-get doesn't?

I'm trying to install mint-meta-mate which is Gnome 2 fork on 11.10 - 32bit with aptitude i get this: The following NEW packages will be installed: caja{a} cowsay{a} fortune-mod{a} ...
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Command-line equivalences of some tasks in Synaptic

I already use apt-get for most of my package management. Yet, there are times when I occasionally need to use Synaptic to do certain things. I would like to learn the equivalent commands for doing the ...
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1answer
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Annotating packages at installation to ease maintenance with apt / aptitude

I manage my packages with aptitude. I occasionally go through my list of packages, removing obsolete applications (in the sense that I do not want to use them any more). For example, while I have a ...
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Is there a safe way to reinstall via the package manager?

Assume, I have a system with all the packages installed, which I want, and all configuration files set up as desired. However, the files on the file system could have become corrupted or missing due ...
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1answer
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How can I prevent a package from being automatically removed in order to install another one?

This is the example: I want to install elementary-desktop (from PPA), but it requires to remove esound in order to install pulseaudio (which I removed because it was causing problems with many apps). ...
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1answer
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apt-get : unmet dependencies

I wish to compile vim7.3 with python-interp enabled, which requires python-dev package. The problem is I have python-2.6.6-2ubuntu2 while python-dev requires python-2.6.6-2ubuntu1. (I don't how i got ...
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2answers
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What's wrong with tasksel ubuntustudio- packages?

Trying to install any of ubuntustudio- (ubuntustudio-audio, ubuntustudio-font-meta, etc.) "tasks" with tasksel always fails, saying "tasksel: aptitude failed (100)" (while other options, like ...
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Is there a way to check if a program is available in the repository by commandline?

When i find a interesting program i want to test and install in ubuntu i first check if it's available in the repository. For that i use the software center. But does a possibility exist to check it ...
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1answer
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What will be the default set of package management tools in future versions of Ubuntu?

With the introduction of Ubuntu Software Centre, I remember reading, though I can't find any reliable source right now, that the various package managers were going to eventually be deprecated. ...
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Saving deb files from repositories to a custom location for installing offline [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I install software offline? I want to download and save some deb files, and preferably their dependencies, of certain apps, from the repositories (apt-get, ...
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Useful apt (dpkg) commands

Please post your less-known, but useful apt commands involving apt-*, dpkg, or aptitude.
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What does “selecting previously deselected package” mean?

Whenever I install software from the command-line using apt-get or aptitude, I see messages like this: Selecting previously deselected package foobar-cil-dev. I understand "downloading" and ...
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2answers
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Possible problems in mixed use of apt-get, aptitude and synaptic

Even though aptitude and synaptic are both front-end to the APT (and I myself stick only with apt-get), peculiarities in each of the available dpkg/APT frontends seem to cause problems and confusions ...
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Is aptitude still considered superior to apt-get?

When I first started with Ubuntu using aptitude was the 'in-thing', with some stated improvements over apt-get. Am I correct in saying that apt-get has now 'caught up' with aptitude, and it makes ...
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Why would the aptitude binary be missing if its package is installed?

Yesterday I upgraded a laptop from Kubuntu 9.04 (Lucid) to 9.10 (Karmic). Then afterwards I tried to install some software $ sudo aptitude install dont-remember-what-it-was and I get sudo: ...
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What's the difference between package managers?

I know Ubuntu/Kubuntu has several programs that can be used to install packages, such as apt-get, aptitude, and synaptic (and perhaps others). What are the differences between them, and which one is ...
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How to see packages installed on a given date using aptitude

Does anyone know if there's an easy way to find a list of packages installed, sorted by date, when using aptitude (or apt-get)? I was installing a bunch of packages to try something new, and it ...