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Crash during installation of flashplugin-installer after upgrade

I can't install flashplugin-installer after having upgraded from Maverick to Natty. Something crashes during the installation: $ sudo aptitude install flashplugin-installer The following NEW packages ...
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Ubuntu tells me I have packages to upgrade when I don't

I have a server machine that I never log into the X display on, only via ssh. Recently I logged in and it told me I had 12 packages can be updated. 6 updates are security updates. I actually ...
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Ubuntu Netbook update interrupted

I was updating my netbook latest version after 1st installation so a lot of updates where there. The updates were downloaded and it was being installed. The computer got switched off in between. Now ...
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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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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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Why was aptitude removed in favor of apt-get?

Why was aptitude removed in favor of apt-get by default? I read it somewhere, but forgot - anyone bother to clear it up? And doesn't Debian prefer aptitude and Canonical apt-get? Update From the ...
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Where can I install termcap from?

From apt-get or aptitude there's just termcap-compact, but I still see "no termcap library found" when trying to install my software (a development kit from another enterprise). This happens just on ...
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apt-get vs. aptitude .vs synaptic compatibility

I had been a Debian user for almost 3 years... but memories have gone really fuzzy... I "kind of" remember that I should only use one of the package managers... Either apt-get, aptitude, or synaptic, ...
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Why does apt-get fail when automated with cron?

I'm trying to use cron to automate my system updates. You can see my crontab, commands, and resulting errors below. When I run upgrades.sh as root, the script runs fine. When cron runs it, apt-get -y ...
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How do I pin a particular MySQL version to avoid unnecessary upgrades?

I'm running a MySQL server, and want to keep it up to date with regular apt-upgrades. I don't want this to cause MySQL to upgrade unless I'm doing it during scheduled downtime! How do I alter my ...
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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 update gives 404's for intrepid

I'm having issues trying to update my packages. I haven't used this server since last September and now I'm getting 404 errors on all the intrepid repos. How do I fix this? Thanks aptitude update ...
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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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Why does update-mime-database complain about uri/rtspt and other unusual types?

When running update-mime-database - usually automatically launched by apt-get - why do I reliably get complaints like: Unknown media type in type 'all/all' Unknown media type in type 'all/allfiles' ...
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Can I use apt-get or aptitude to install software to non standard location?

When I install a software using apt-get it installs to default locations i.e to /usr/bin, /usr/lib, /usr/share and etc. For example when I install "Meld Diff Viewer" using sudo apt-get install meld ...
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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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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 to clean up aptitude output?

Every time I use the CLI to install something with aptitude I get this output: warning, in file '/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 60509 package 'virtualbox-3.0': error in Version string ...
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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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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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list of apt-get packages for upgrade

I have a 9.10 machine used for development by one of my colleagues. A new team member has joined us, and he wants to have the same development environment on his 10.04 machine as the one used on the ...
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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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How do you I find a list of softwares which are outdated and needs upgrade?

How do I find a list of packages that are outdated and need to be upgraded using aptitude? I am using Ubuntu 10.04.
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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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How to remove everything Ubuntu One-related?

Is sudo aptitude purge ubuntuone? sufficient to remove everything Ubuntu One-related from my system?
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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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Aptitude in ubuntu 10.10 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tab completion for commands Aptitude command is missing from Ubuntu 10.10. I just installed it using apt-get install aptitude but it doesn't support autocompletion as it ...
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What are benefits of aptitude compared to apt-get? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is aptitude really better than apt-get? To install a package I can "apt-get install" or "aptitude install", to search - "apt-cache search" or "aptitude search". I find ...
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Update problems: packages held back

When I try and upgrade I get packages that are kept back, when I use dist-upgrade they will be upgraded however I get this warning: Current status: 5 updates [-1]. will@will-desktop:~$ sudo aptitude ...
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Can I see more details of an aptitude dist-upgrade? [duplicate]

When I type aptitude dist-upgrade I get for example: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Reading extended state information ...
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What is the equivalent apt-get or aptitude command

Is there an equivalent to the yum "whatprovides" option in apt-get? For example on CentOS yum whatprovides /usr/share/gdm/themes/TreeFlower/background.png Tells me ...
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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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Backup Software Sources

In Ubuntu 10.04, when I goto System > Administration > Software Sources and goto the Authentication tab, I can view all of my keys allowing me to download from third party sources. How would I back ...
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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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Is it possible to tell what packages I've installed that aren't in the vanilla install?

I've upgraded Ubuntu on my laptop all the way from 7.04 to 10.04 without ever wiping the disk. I have a sneaking suspicion that means I have a bunch of crufty packages that I don't use and that are ...
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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 ...