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

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Can't install libglib2.0-dev

Since Handbrake can't be installed in Oneiric, I decided to try and build it from source instead. The build is interrupted because it complains glib is not installed, so I thought I better install the ...
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Why does aptitude want to remove a bunch of files?

Recently I encountered dependencies resolve issues when using APTITUDE (it is my favorite). Nevertheless, I started to feel that APTITUDE does not behave as it is supposed to be in 64 bits systems ...
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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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install package with apt-get and remove with aptitude?

Anything wrong with this practice? would it work? If I install package with apt-get and remove with aptitude? In addition, I recently removed webmin. Does apt-get --purge remove - delete also ...
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Which INPUT rules do I need to add to iptables so apt (apt-get, aptitude) can work (update, upgrade, search, install)?

I need to use aptitude to update and install software but it fails. It says... 0% [Connecting to archive.ubuntu.com] ...and halts. I need to type CTRL-C to move out. I'm using Ubuntu Server 10.04 ...
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Remove aptitude's “Press Enter To Continue” after installations

Whenever I install/update with the curses interface of aptitude, it keeps the log window open and asks you to press enter. Can I just let aptitude skip this and return to the main screen if nothing ...
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How to use wildcards with aptitude?

Is there a way to use wildcards with aptitude such as in the following: sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*
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How to install aptitude without an internet connection?

I've just installed Ubuntu 11.04 and there no internet connection. Firstly I've tried sudo apt-get install aptitude, but it says that there's no installation for this. Then I downloaded on USB ...
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How do I remove a package with “rU” status?

I was trying to install some 32bit libraries with dpkg -i --force-architecture command. But it failed due to dependency problem. Now if I try to install 64 bit version of the same library, it says it ...
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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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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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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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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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How to do critical system updates through the Command Line under Kubuntu 10.10

I really need to do some system updates because sometimes my S.O Kubuntu 10.10 fails to start, crash down or keeps freezing after I log in. The problem is, I cannot use KPackageKit because it ...
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How to remove warnings like `Unknown media type …`

Each time apt-get tries to process triggers for shared-mime-info, it reports warnings like: ... Processing triggers for shared-mime-info... Unknown media type in type 'all/all' Unknown media type in ...
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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 ...