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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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kolab 3.0 sources

I'm attempting to install Kolab 3.0 following these steps on 12.04 Server, yet showpkg still shows 2.2.4 :~$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/kolab.list deb ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 apt-get update failing

I have a brand new, fresh install of 12.04 LTS. When I attempt to run a simple apt-get update this is what I get: Ign http:/us.archive.ubuntu.com precise InRelease Ign http:/security.ubuntu.com ...
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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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What is the replacement for -n switch in Aptitude in 13.04?

I am trying to purge XFCE from my PC (it got fubared so I want to destroy it and reinstall it). I noticed aptitude doesn't have the -n wildcard any more. So aptitude purge -nxfce4 just lists the ...
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Cannot add or remove packages; Errors were encountered while processing: libbz2-1.0 libbz2-1.0:i386

I noticed Ubuntu had not asked me to update in a while, which is strange. So, I opened the update manager and received the message, Software index is broken It is impossible to install or remove any ...
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Where can I find the most up-to-date apt-get package list for my distribution?

In other words, is there a website where I can find a simple list of all the packages that apt-get install searches through, along with descriptions of what each package does? When I run apt-get ...
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What is the difference between dpkg and aptitude/apt-get?

When installing a software via dpkg -i packageA.deb, will the dependencies required by packageA be downloaded and installed automatically? How is this different from using apt-get or aptitude?
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Installing 32 bit libraries fails [duplicate]

I am trying to install 32-bit libraries on Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit as I've done many times before on Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 6/7. There seems to be a problem with some packages. This is what I get when I ...
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How to search for APT packages with a specific substring in their names only?

In the past I used to search for a package specifying a part of its name in Synaptic, as far as I can remember. Now it searches in package descriptions too and this is very inconvenient as it gives a ...
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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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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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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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Ubuntu 12.04 I can't download anything… at all

I recently upgraded from Maveric(10.10) to 12.04 (by wiping out Maveric from my system completely) I was using a pen drive, so it messed up my grub. I finally managed to reinstall the grub on the ...
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500 Internal Server Error whenever I use apt-get

I'm running ubuntu 12.04 I'm getting a huge number of "500 Internal Server Error" errors whenever I try to apt-get install/upgrade. aptitude yields exactly the same errors. I know there are ...
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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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which version of python is installed?

I installed Ubuntu 12.10 in my VirtualBox. Is python installed by default? If not, How can I install python?
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aptitude upgrade linux 3.2.0-39 problem

since yesterday I am trying to upgrade my system to the latest version. I am using Ubuntu Server 12.04.2 LTS. The strangest thing happens when I try to upgrade my system. Here is the output of ...
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Aptitude depends [duplicate]

How do i fix this? I also did sudo apt-get -f install but same error The following packages have unmet dependencies: aptitude: Depends: libapt-pkg4.12 (>= 0.8.16~exp12ubuntu6) but it is not ...
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Will this sudo rule allow a user to update the system and nothing more?

I want to design a sudo rule that will allow the user ricardo to update the system using aptitude, but prevent him from using sudo to run any other command (he's a problem user). Are there any ...
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apt-get install segfault [duplicate]

when i tried to apt-get install pkg_name then i got this Reading package lists... Done Segmentation faulty tree... 50% and this appears in the /var/log/syslog file Feb 13 15:22:19 hostname ...
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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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Installing flash on Ubuntu

I have an EC2 instance running Ubuntu 12.10 and I'd like to install Flash Player on it. However, when I try to install it as follows, I'm unable to. Some hint on how I could proceed? Thanks. $ sudo ...