Questions about the Debian packaging format with the extension '.deb'. Packages for Ubuntu are provided in this format.

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create a .deb Package from scripts or binaries

I searched for a simple way to create .deb Packages for things which have no source code to compile (configs, shellscripts, proprietary software). This was quite a problem because most of the package ...
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Problem with .deb packages on Ubuntu 16.04

This bug has now been fixed upstream. An update has been issued. If you still cannot install, ensure you have updated fully, and then restart your computer. I am trying to install downloaded DEB ...
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How do I create a deb package for a single python script?

I have a single python script that I want to distribute as a deb package. It is a indicator which shows local date in Unity panel. I did follow create a .deb Package from scripts or binaries but I ...
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Compiling source into a DEB package

I have always had a problem installing and removing compiled software, so I have decided I would like to build software from source into a .deb package for easier installation/removal. I would like ...
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How can I check dependency list for a deb package

How can I check dependency list for a deb package. I am running Ubuntu 11.10 and I have backed up all deb packages from var/cache/apt/archives. I want to format my pc and re-install selected ...
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How to uninstall a .deb package?

Suppose I download a .deb package from a website and install it. (I assume that when I double click the .deb file, the package is installed through a GUI that interfaces with dpkg right?) How can I ...
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Is it safe to use gdebi instead of Ubuntu Software Center to install .deb files?

I've noticed that Ubuntu 10.10 manages single .deb files with the Ubuntu Software Center. Since I find it too heavy to load I've installed gdebi with: sudo apt-get install gdebi and I've set it as ...
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How does update work with programs installed from .deb file

I'm having some difficulties exactly understanding how the the whole update thing work in linux (Ubuntu) and good practice for installing software. I understand I have a /etc/apt/sources.list file ...
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How do I install an application by DEB file for a single user only?

When installing applications via the software center or by a DEB file they will usually be installed system wide for all users. Is there a way to install an application for a single user only?
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Is it better to compile from source or to install from a .deb package?

Sometimes, when downloading software from the Internet, I find that there is a .deb package ready for either my Debian/Ubuntu and also a tarball to be compiled. In the beginning I would simply use the ...
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What security policies exist in place for packages and scripts?

I did have used Microsoft Windows since Windows 98 to Windows 7. I have found lots of security vulnerabilities by myself about how viruses, worms, spyware etc. compromises the system. Microsoft ...
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What precautions should I take with .debs I find on the internet?

So I was browsing the web the other day, and I came across a few places that wanted me to download .deb files - and since those are installed by root (and as such have the "powers" and capabilities of ...
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How to create a deb package that installs a series of files

I would like to create a brand new deb package to install series of files. If at all possible, I would like to untar the folder containing these files as part of the installation into a known folder ...
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How to remove a deb without removing its dependencies

I would like to install the most recent version of boto, which I do via python setup.py install Yet when I try to remove the old version the following packages also get removed: apt-get remove ...
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Why not all Linux packages/software come in .deb format? [closed]

A .deb package is very easy to install, just like .exe in Windows, simply double click and install via USC. I wonder why some developers choose formats like .tar.gz (it scares the hell out of me) ...
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How does apt-get purge work? Why it couldn't remove broken package in one pass?

I've tried installing droidcam to solve another question following instruction here: Install DroidCam (Wireless Android Webcam) Client In Ubuntu Via PPA The installation fails with post-script error, ...
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Installing software from package sources Vs downloadable .deb files

Apart from getting automatic updates through apt-get upgrade and chain updates from library dependency upgrades, why would one use Ubuntu packages versus .deb files you could get from the software ...
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How can I get “delta” packages to optimize apt-get upgrade downloads?

I have recently installed Fedora in VirtualBox and noticed that they use Delta-RPM packages, which help dramatically reduce downloading sizes. Also I heard that Gentoo uses some delta packages. Would ...
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How do I repackage a .deb for Ubuntu Snappy?

I want to convert some Ubuntu software in .deb, specifically guake, to packages for Ubuntu Snappy*. According to the documentation on the Ubuntu dev tools, All metadata lives in meta/package....
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How to install .deb file in ubuntu using terminal? [duplicate]

I am trying to install Google Chrome,for that I downloaded a google-chrome-stable_current_i386.deb file. When I try to install using install in terminal sudo install google-chrome-...
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GPG can't check signature

I was trying to recompile and rebuild libevent2 source from oneiric on my natty server and I had a small error with gpg not being able to check signature # dpkg-source -x libevent_2.0.12-stable-1.dsc ...
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How to create a deb package for a python3 script?

I have one Python file, main.py. I would like to be able to make a .deb package from it, and then be able to run main.py by typing the package name from the terminal. It is written in Python 3, so the ...
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What is the Snap packaging format?

I have a very little knowledge about the 'Snap packaging format'. What I know is that 'Snap' is an alternative packaging format like .deb. What I don't know is Why did Canonical chose it? What ...
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Adding post .deb install scripts

So I'm building a .deb, and I need to do a few post-install commands (linking libraries paths, and a few other things). Is there a way to have it so when you do a sudo dpkg -i <pacakage-name>....
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How to download and install .deb [duplicate]

I have looked at several pages and still am not getting clear instructions on how to download and insatall .deb Specifically I would like to download this one: http://packages.ubuntu.com/raring/i386/...
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How does Software Center determine what is a “technical item” and what isn't?

I'm a total newb to packaging, but I managed to get a PPA set up and working. But when I look for my software in Ubuntu Software Center, it will only show up after clicking "Show _ technical items". ...
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How do I install packages without using a package manager?

I would like to know how to install .deb packages without using a package manager such as dpkg. Is it possible to do this? What files do I have to edit? Or is there a unique procedure for each ...
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Which kind of installation files should you prefer - .deb or tarball files? And why?

I have just starting Ubuntu as my primary OS and everytime I have to install something I generally try to find .deb files as that seems convenient, but someone on another forum told me I should always ...
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Ubuntu cant open .deb files - how can I correct this?

I've downloaded Ubuntu because my Windows 7 kept showing a black screen with a cursor on it and and wouldn't boot up properly. So I thought that maybe Linux would work. It worked perfectly but I can'...
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How does the PPA fit into the scenario of publishing an application to the Ubuntu Software Center?

I've been going through docs for the past couple of hours but I haven't understood what the PPA is? I have a cross-platform Java application that I'd like to publish to the Ubuntu Software Center. My ...
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How do I create a Debian package with disjoint/alternate dependencies?

I have written an application, and I'm now interested in creating a Debian package and setting up a PPA. The application is written primarily in XSLT, and includes a very thin front-end that can be ...
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Getting .deb package dependencies for an offline Ubuntu computer through Windows

Basically I want to "batch" download a .deb file and all its dependencies at once on a Windows 7 machine (of which I do not have admin access, it is a public computer.) I've seen plenty of Ubuntu ...
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Help Installing Gimp 2.7.5 on Ubuntu 11.10

I have been trying to install gimp 2.7.5 for a few days now but keep getting this message: The following packages have unmet dependencies: gimp: Depends: python-gtk2 (>= 2.8.0) but 2.24.0-2 is to ...
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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, aptitude)...
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What is the apt equivalent to “rpm -V” (Verify installed packages)

On a RedHat/CentOS system, I can verify the installed RPMs on my system using rpm -V. What is the Ubuntu or apt equivalent of this command?
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Graphical tool for creating Deb packages

Are there any graphical tools for creating ubuntu/debian packages?
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How to install a .deb file in Ubuntu-Touch?

How can I install a .deb file in Ubuntu-Touch?
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How do I convert a x86 RPM to a x86 DEB within a x64 system?

In my case the software I am trying to convert is the Lacie lightscribe labeler. 1.- I renamed the RPM mv LaCie\ LightScribe\ Labeler\ 1.0\ Linux.rpm lacie-lightscribe-labeler-1.0.rpm 2.- Convert ...
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What is the systemctl equivalent

I am converting a package from .rpm to .deb using this tutorial. However, to test and debug the application I need to run it. The programs readme explains to run it as a service with: systemctl ...
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What happens during a package upgrade?

I recently started building Ubuntu packages for my software on Launchpad. They are pretty simple; most of them just contain some files and scripts that are trigged through the .install .preinst ....
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How to install Texmaker 4.0.1 (released a few days ago)?

I'm new to LaTeX, but want to get started for real; settled for Texmaker; now checked the version (and changelog) and noticed a discrepancy between what I've got installed (3.4) and what's been ...
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Change / Choose install path for a .deb

I would like to know if it is possible to choose where a .deb file will be installed, or if it is possible to move it after the installation to another directory without troubles for the app. I am ...
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Is it possible to get deb packages of older VLC versions?

I need to use v. 2.0.8 for a VLC extension that does not work with the latest releases of the player. I would like to keep the deb of this version for further use, and also to learn how is it ...
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How can I create a .deb file that adds a repository to sources.list.d?

I want to start sharing .deb files that automatically add new repos to an Ubuntu installation (like the ones present in puppetlabs.com). How can I do that?
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Where can I get a Postgres 9.0 package?

I want to use Postgres 9.0 in Ubuntu. Does anybody know any repository that already has the debian package for Postgres 9.0? Do you think I should wait for the next Ubuntu release or Postgres 9.0 is ...
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How do I create a .deb file?

Yes, I know that this question has been asked many times before, but none of the answers really helped. I'd like to package the Minecraft launcher (which has no proprietary code, AFAIK,) into a .deb ...
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How to upload theme files into a PPA?

I have a GTK3 and a Gnome Shell theme. I haven't created a deb file yet... Can i please know how to create a deb file and upload it to the launchpad? Is there any good guides?
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How do I update a program installed from a manually-downloaded deb package?

I would like to update VirtualBox on my 32 bit Ubuntu 15.04 machine from 4.3.26 to 4.3.28, using a Debian package I manually downloaded from here. But simply double-clicking the package opens up the ...
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How to cross-compile an existing deb package from 64bit to 32bit architecture

I have rebuilt a deb package with a custom patch for my computer which is a 64bit machine. I did it using: sudo apt-get -b source [package name] Now my question is, how to do that in a similar ...
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Do .deb installed apps get updates?

So this might be very silly question for users, but I am quite new to Ubuntu and want to know this. Do .deb installed apps get updates? For example: I have Opera installed with using .deb will it get ...