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

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aptitude state is corrupt - how do I fix it?

It appears that the aptitude state is corrupt - note that apt-get and the other dpkg tools still work fine. Is there some way to reset the state of aptitude? Signs of corruption: aptitude search ...
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apt-get and aptitude seem to disagree — do I really have broken packages?

If I do aptitude search ~b I get a list of 78 broken packages. But 76 of them aren't even installed (they have a status of pB). How can an installed package be considered broken?? But if I do ...
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packages been kept back

I tried both aptitude -y safe-upgrade and apt-get upgrade -f but in both cases, I get: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following ...
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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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Why does aptitude list a package as not installed while dpkg says it is installed?

When I stat on my 11.10 machine aptitude search lightdm I get this: p gir1.2-lightdm-1 - Typelib file for liblightdm-1 p liblightdm-gobject-1-0 - LightDM ...
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Byobu available updates broken on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS? [closed]

I noticed that since release of byobu 5.10 the available updates in the lower bar behaves funny: you issue for example an apt-get update available updates pop out with the #! in the lower bar ...
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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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Why do dpkg and aptitude want to remove MOST of my system?

I was installing and uninstalling some packages on my home 11.10 system, when I suddenly noticed that dpkg and aptitude want to remove almost everything. Synaptic seems fine. At work, where I have an ...
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How to install a package from a PPA and ignore the official one?

How do I tell aptitude to grab a package specifically from a PPA and ignore the one from official repository?
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determining the source for a package upgrade

Running aptitude dist-upgrade on my system currently results in an attempt to upgrade a few packages. All of these packages are being flagged as "untrusted packages" which "could compromise your ...
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How do I block a specific VERSION of a package to be installed by aptitude (or apt-get)?

I have a problem with a program crashing, and I suspect that only the latest version of the package has this problem, so I wish to block this particular version from ever being installed – but I still ...
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How to find packages when updating Ubuntu and creating standard source.list file

I just upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, amd64. I'm trying to install some software and it says for Ubuntu 13.10 and above, the following libraries need to be installed for 32-bit compatibility ...
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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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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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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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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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Aptitude is unmarking packages as “Auto”, is this a bug or feature?

I have a brand new Ubuntu server installation and go in to aptitude. Whenever I set a package to remove, the default action is the equivalent of apt-get autoremove. However, it seems that when you go ...
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xfonts installation failed and apt compromised

I started the installation of all the xfonts packages on my Ubuntu 14.04.1 system with sudo apt-get install xfonts-* While extracting a package (one of the hundreds of the list), the system got ...
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Aptitude - Both 64 & 32-bit packages being selected

In aptitude, I selected the xubuntu-desktop task and was presented with a large number of package conflicts, per this example: It seems that both the 32- and 64-bit versions of packages are being ...
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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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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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configure says I don't have lib, but aptitude says I do

I've just run a configure script which alerts me: checking for gcry_control in -lgcrypt... no configure: error: libgcrypt not found. Install libgcrypt or use --disable-libgcrypt. Have a nice day. ...
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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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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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Find and download a package without sudo using aptitude [duplicate]

I would like to install a bunch of packages (glogg, libprotobuf7, libleveldb1, libsnappy1, libhdf5-7) on an Ubuntu system on which I do not have root privileges. (I understand that this can be ...
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aptitude - Package removal on jdk installation

I tried the following command aptitude install sun-java6-jdk It prompts me that the following packages will be removed. ant{u} ant-gcj{u} ant-optional{u} ant-optional-gcj{u} ...
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Installing php5 gives an error for some unment dependencies!

When I try yo install php5 using sudo aptitude install php5 I get the following error. The following packages have unmet dependencies: apache2-mpm-worker: Conflicts: apache2-mpm which is a ...
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How can I use aptitude to install Nagios?

I've seen several guides online which describe downloading and building Nagios on Ubuntu servers. Is there also an aptitude package I could use to install Nagios 3?
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Is it possible to do only the download part of apt-get/aptitude full-upgrade?

When I go to internet cafe, I'd like to take that opportunity to upgrade the system. Sometimes though there is not electrical sockets in the cafe. To conserve batteries I'd like to be able to only do ...
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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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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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Wrong autocompletion with sudo apt-get

Does anybody know why if I type: apt-get upg<TAB> I get: apt-get upgrade but if I type: sudo apt-get upg<TAB> I get: sudo apt-get upgrade-from-grub-legacy
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ubuntu-restricted-extras wants to remove over 200 packages. Could this harm the system?

Has anybody installed ubuntu-restricted-extras yet? (You need this for example to encode mp3). When I try to install that, it wants to remove the following packages: # aptitude install ...
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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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How do I install missing dependencies on my system?

I was fooling around trying to fix this problem, and I removed some important packages. When I realized that it was cleaning out more things that I had intended, I just rebooted, rather than try to ...
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Automatic clearance of boot folder

Hello one of my familly members, who is not so concerned with computers and Ubuntu has an Ubuntu setup with only 200MB space for the boot partition. That makes sense if you only like to install a few ...
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How to install python-gpgme ubuntu 14.04

I installed Dropbox but when I run it. I get an error saying: In order to use dropbox you need proprietary daemons. Install python-gpgme. Then, I headed over to installation of that python module ...
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I am unable to install skype on ubuntu 14.04

When trying to install skype using aptitude I get the following error : The following NEW packages will be installed: libaudio2:i386{a} libavahi-client3:i386{a} libavahi-common-data:i386{a} ...
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How to get gfortran to work with i386? I have “undefined reference” errors. How to get a compatible libf2c?

I have Ubuntu 14.04 on a 64-bit machine. I would like to run gfortran -m32 for my f77 fortran code that also uses i386 CERN libraries. I downloaded Ubuntu packages cernlib, lib32gfortran-4.8-dev, and ...
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unity-control-center uninstalled itself [duplicate]

I don't know how it got uninstalled since I had it before, but when I try to install it again I get the following error: oierlauzi@akerbeltz:~$ sudo apt-get install unity-control-center Reading ...
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Does apt 1.0 supports search patterns like aptitude?

aptitude search ~ipackage will search for installed package only. Can apt 1.0 (i.e. standalone apt, not apt-cache, dpkg or any else) do that?
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When should I use apt-get and aptitude or apt-fast? [closed]

Is there any difference between installing by apt-get, apt-fast and aptitude? Which is recommended to use while installing and removing package? In other words, which command is preferable while ...
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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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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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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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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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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 do I find which packages could be set as automatically installed?

I am having a hard time understand who depends on who using apt-cache depends and apt-cache rdepends. I am keeping a long list of packages that I installed to solve a number of dependency problems. I ...
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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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I Can't Install or Remove Any Application

when i try to install or remove an application via either software center or apt-get install they both fail and give some debconf errors below is the log please help.Sorry some of the text is not ...