Aptitude is a quite powerful package manager leveraging CLI and an ncurses-style interface.

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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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How do I delete all packages which match a certain pattern?

I want to uninstall libreoffice. This program consists of about three dozen modules. Ideally, they could be removed with: aptitude remove libreoffice3.6* libreoffice-debian-menus libobasis3.6-* but ...
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Dpkg remains configuring moodle

When I tried to configure moodle like: root@server:~# dpkg --configure moodle It remains like that indefinitely. Whatching this process on "top" I realized that it does not use any Memory ...
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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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How can I prevent apt-get/aptitude from showing dialogs during installation?

I'm trying to build an Ansible Playbook to deploy some Ubuntu 12.04 servers on Linode, but my problem seems to be an Ubuntu one. When I run different combinations of apt-get or aptitude I always get ...
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Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages

After upgrading from 10.04 to 12.04 I am trying to install different packages. For instance ia32-libs and skype (4.0). When trying to install these, I am getting the 'Unable to correct problems, you ...
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How do I figure out what package something is in without resorting to Google?

I often find myself wanting to install something, but I'm unsure of what package it's in. This is a very common occurrence for me: $ make html sphinx-build -b djangohtml -d _build/doctrees . ...
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How can you add a second main repository to sources.list?

I had a problem with some software, that doesn't provide a PPA but a whole alternative main repository, to install it. adding that repository to my sources.list made aptitude install a newer kernel ...
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aptitude problem using mariadb repository on Ubuntu 13.10

I installed mariadb 5.5 on my ubuntu laptop like described here: sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/mariadb/repo/5.5/ubuntu $(lsb_release -c -s) main" and it works fine so far, ...
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How to find packages that are not listed in aptitude

Often there are some packages that I was required to install as prerequisites of some tools, but are not listed in the aptitude package list (or with a slightly different name). For example, I once ...
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Apptitude - Have I removed my entire system?

I was trying to remove an unused package via Aptitude interface but I seem to have removed my entire system? Luckily my personal data is backed up. Aptitude ran for about 10 minutes or so listing ...
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apt-get upgrade segfault!

I installed ubuntu server 10.04 and booted as normal. Some time later, I booted the server and tried to install a new package/upgrade the existing packages using: sudo apt-get upgrade sudo aptitude ...
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Where can I access man pages for “aptitude” if it is not on my system?

Sometimes I want to read man pages of programs I have not installed. Then I visit ubuntu manuals. I entered aptitude in the search box but aptitude man pages are available only for lucid 10.04 LTS ...
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What is apt-get equivalent of “aptitude why”?

In this answer, I came across this command: aptitude why firefox aptitude whylooks like an useful command but I don't want to install aptitude just for that. What is the apt-get equivalent of ...
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aptitude safe-upgrade / apt-get upgrade fails

aptitude safe-upgrade aborts with: apt-listchanges: Do you want to continue? [Y/n] Y Aborting. E: Sub-process /usr/bin/apt-listchanges --apt || test $? -ne 10 returned an error code (1) E: Failure ...
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Install suggested packages via aptitude

I've read installing suggest packages via apt-get, and I've read how to look suggested and recommended packages from aptitude.. But then, How to install it all using aptitude? Best Regards, Ahmad
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Manually Installed Boost Is Not Found by Aptitude

I have installed Boost libraries 1.55 manually. Now I want to install libpcl http://pointclouds.org/downloads/linux.html . When I want to install the libpcl from terminal like this: sudo apt-get ...
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I can't add PPA repository behind the proxy

I'm trying to add the ppa repository (as a root) with the following command: export HTTP_PROXY="http://firstname.surname@xxx.com:my_pass@165.x.x.232:8080" add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 ...
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Why does “tasksel” give an “aptitude failed” error?

The problem started in the following way. I was using tasksel from the terminal menu that it shows when I simply do sudo tasksel. I select Lamp Server from the list and started to install all packages ...
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Cannot get mcrypt for PHP5

I've done this many times: sudo aptitude install php5-mcrypt sudo apache2ctl restart aptitude says mcrypt is installed. I've reinstalled it 3 times already. I've restarted apache about 20 times ...
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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 Installing a lot of Packages?

I recently launched aptitude only to notice that it wanted to install 2GB of packages "to satisfy dependencies". Is is normal for aptitude to want to install this many packages all at the same time? ...
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Is there a way to install a package from a particular repository using apt?

Sometimes a package I want from a PPA has the same name as a different package in another repository. Is there a way I can tell apt to download a package of packageName from a certain repo? I'd ...
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list all suggested packages for currently installed packages

Every time I install a package: sudo apt-get install <pkg> apt-get displays a list of suggested packages. I have simply ignored these so far, but some of these suggestions are actually good ...
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Why does aptitude give me the “Does not have Super Cow Powers” error?

When I try to update 11.10 with current updates, I receive this error message stating Does Not Have Super Cow Powers. Why is it not updating with the current security packages?
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how to uninstall all packages installed by “aptitude build-dep”

Is it possible to undo all changes made by "aptitude build-dep xxxxxx" i.e to un-install all dependencies installed by this command?
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Cannot install zeromq package from chris-lea/zeromq in 12.04

I ran: %> sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chris-lea/zeromq %> sudo aptitude update %> sudo aptitude install zeromq3 php-zeromq # result: zeromq3 - no such package found I tried restarting my system, ...
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How do I install python-virtualenv on Ubuntu server 12.04?

When ever I try to sudo apt-get install python-virtualenv, I'm told that Ubuntu is unable to locate the package. I'm running the server in a VirtualBox. It has networking and can access the web via ...
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libnm-glib4:386 with amd64

I have ubuntu 13.10 amd64 and I use libnm-glib4 but I also need i386 version of this lib. But amd64 version conflicts with i386 so I can't install it: sudo aptitude install libnm-glib4:i386 The ...
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Trying to remove Ubuntu-desktop with tasksel returns “aptitude failed”

I am following this guide trying to turn my Ubuntu-desktop-installation into Ubuntu-server. However, I am having problems already in step 2. Using tasksel to remove/install anything returns with: ...
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How to get older version of opencv

This fails: sudo apt-get -t=2.3.1 install libopencv Is there a way to figure put which command I have to type to get 2.3.1 running? The default on Ubuntu 13.04 is 2.4 Thanks
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Get list of recommended packages (suggestions) for touch screen support after apt-get install lxde

I was manually installing X server and lxde on my cellphone's chrooted ubuntu. There were a couple of packages suggested after install related to touchscreen support. I can't remember the name of ...
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apt-get install automatically cancelled

When I'm doing an update or installation on Ubuntu 13.10, the task is automatically cancelled in the terminal. I got this error since that the \boot partition was missing some space. I fixed this ...
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Cannot Install or update, problem with apt-get Ubuntu 12.04.03 Server

I am unable to install anything on my Ubuntu server. When I do, i get the suggestion to run apt-get -f install When I try running apt-get -f install I get: apt-get -f install Reading package ...
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Reserved UIDs/GIDs and semi-reserverd UIDs/GIDs

When installing a new system, depending on selected packages, some uids for some packages aren't always the same. eg: 'sshd' may be UID 102, sometimes another value. On the other hand, 'www-data' is ...
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What can cause “Missing Package: header, Problem with MergeList, The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened” errors?

I write tests for my company's application. One of these tests tries to upgrade the application from a previous version to a new version to make sure nothing breaks. When I am installing an old ...
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Can not configure aria2 in apt-fast (Ubuntu 13.10)

I recently upgraded my Ubuntu 12.04 to 13.10. When i installed apt-fast after installing aria2, i used this command to set aria2 and 16 connections to download with apt-fast: sudo dpkg-reconfigure ...
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Generating list of manually installed packages and querying individual packages

I'd like to get a list of packages installed manually by apt or aptitude and be able to find out whether a foobar package was installed manually or automatically. Is there any neat way of doing that ...
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“E: The method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/htp could not be found.” after removing the LAMP task

So, I tried uninstalling the LAMP stack I had following the Ubuntu documentation for it. I also manually removed dbconfig-common. Now, I'm unable to run apt-get update. When I do, I get the error ...
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How can I remove the Translation entries in apt?

This is the output of aptitude update: Ign http://archive.canonical.com natty InRelease Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com natty InRelease Ign http://dl.google.com stable InRelease Ign ...
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Why does “p” in “aptitude search” mean not installed at all?

$ sudo aptitude search node p nodejs - Node.js event-based server-side javascript engine p nodejs:i386 ...
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How do I install qps from repositories on ubuntu 13?

I'm trying to install qps on ubuntu with aptitude install qps Where I get Couldn't find package "qps". ... I probably could download the sources and recompile, but I think I might be missing ...
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Could aptitude or tasksel be forced to show download and install progress bars for all packages?

Is There a Way to force Tasksel or aptitude to show a progress bar regardless what package will be installed. Are there other ways to visualize installation processes with dpkg or something similr?
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Why does apt-get install Skype easily while aptitude complains about MAJOR dependency errors?

I was trying to install Skype on Ubuntu 13.04, from the Canonical repositories. With apt-get it worked easily, while aptitude had a huge problem with dependencies and proposed a complicated solution. ...
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How can I make apt-get upgrade the kernel, similarly to aptitude?

Installed new Ubuntu Server 12.04 on Windows Azure After apt-get upgrade, console shows: The following packages have been kept back: linux-image-extra-virtual linux-image-virtual linux-tools ...
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Assign highest priority to my local repository

Summary How can I make apt-get prefer local repository packages instead of downloading again the same package version from official repositories? The local repository is signed and trusted. We've ...
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What's difference of apt-get and aptitude? [duplicate]

What is difference of apt-get and aptitude? Does both of them use same repositories? Which one is better?
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every time I try to upgrade Kubuntu, dependency issues

alizard@terrarium:~$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -f install [sudo] password for alizard: [blog response that I needed at least reputation 10 to post over 2 links in message] Fetched ...
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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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Can't install php5-fpm after upgrade to 12.10

I upgraded to 12.10 from 12.04 and began getting gateway errors when I accessed phppgadmin via nginx. After looking around I realised that the required program php5-fpm wasn't running and further what ...