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How do I get details about a package which isn't installed?

How can I get some details about a package without installing it, (eg. the description and version number) like in Synaptic or Aptitude. The command dpkg -s PACKAGE does not work, with this error. ...
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apt-get update is not working

Hello Ubuntu Community, I have been working with Linux for 5 years, and with those five years, I have never had a problem with the Ubuntu apt program. It usually works like a charm and is an instant ...
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Differences of: SoftwareCenter history, dpkg-query and /var/log/dpkg.log.*?

I have just again run across the problem "find out which packages I installed some certain days ago". I have read several Q&A on askubuntu and there are always different ways suggested to do this: ...
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apt-get install -f held packages

I am having trouble upgrading the packages in my Ubuntu system. I followed the solution in the question here by using it I was able to troubleshoot the error I was encountering while doing dpkg ...
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E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2) - every time I use apt-get install

I am running 64-bit Ubuntu 13.04. I tried to install cairo-dock as follows: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team/ppa -- went well, no errors. sudo apt-get update -- went well, no errors. sudo ...
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E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2) — whats the problem with this? [duplicate]

error when installing any packages.. pls help.. thanks in advance.. been trying to solve this for days now.. still can't solve it.. Already tried $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get ...
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timezone change resets after reboot ubuntu 11.10

I am trying to change my timezone from HKT to JST or any other timezone for that using the most commonly used command that I can find sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata. This successfully changes the ...
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How to troubleshoot slow web browsing in Ubuntu VBox guest (Windows host)?

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS VirtualBox guest running on a Windows 7 host. Until recently it had been working flawlessly1. Since a few days ago, however, web browsing in this Ubuntu VBox has been ...
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Dpkg keep saying that need to --configure -a while trying for network issues on Inspiron 1545

I've just installed ubuntu for the first time on a computer (version 12.10). I can't figure out how to get a wired connection to work OR a wireless connection. I've read similar problems, and I've ...
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After deleting some old kernel

I deleted some essential kernels parts to enlarge the free space on my boot partition. First I proceed as in this link. However the problem is not exactly the same as in the link (see answer from ...
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Errors in configuration after Skype installation: libqtgui4:i386,libtiff4:i386,libqt4-declarative:i386,libqtwebkit4:i386,

I am using the Ubuntu Precise (12.04 LTS). I have some errors in configuration after Skype (downloaded from the site of Skype) installation. At this moment I can't install nothing, even using ...
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How to save changes and installed packages so I can install them in other systems [duplicate]

I want to format my system, but I don’t want to lose my updates and installed packages. I also want the same packages on other systems as well.
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python-uno : Depends: libreoffice-core (= 1:4.0.2-0ubuntu1)

I have install libreoffice4.1 but when I try to install python-uno It had error sudo apt-get install python-uno Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state ...
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Unknown user in statoverride file

I had an application installed on my htpc running ubuntu server called mediatomb, a few months ago I uninstalled it and replaced it with a Plex install. At the weekend when querying existing users on ...
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How to resolve unmet dependencies? Cannot install or remove packages

$sudo apt-get -f install google-chrome-stable I tried to install java in ubuntu but it's not successfully installed, but after that when I am trying to install/remove any other packages, I'm getting ...
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Repacked proprietary software keeps updating the same deb

I repacked a proprietary program delivered as tar file to a deb file for having a company wide repository. I used reprepro to set up a repository and signed it. A unix timestamp is faking a ...
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After PIP install --upgrade Dpkg still lists old python packages

I recently upgraded all python data analysis tools using pip. When I do dpkg -l |grep python I see the old version numbers of the software I just upgraded via pip. How can I ensure that the dpkg ...
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Trouble installing or removing software

I am new to Linux, and I keep encountering problems when I try to install or remove software. Does anyone happen to know what the problem is? The errors read: installArchives() failed: (Reading ...
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Wrong magic bytes at the start in lib

I was curious to know how this happened and how to correct it? Setting up gstreamer0.10-plugins-good (0.10.31-1ubuntu1.2) ... dpkg: error processing gstreamer0.10-plugins-good (--configure): ...
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Can't Install codecs ( Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock ) [duplicate]

I used the commands at the end of this article to try installing the restricted extras the article recommends. http://www.webupd8.org/2013/04/7-things-to-do-after-installing-ubuntu.html sudo apt-get ...
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problem in installing mysqlworkbench 6

Ubuntu 13.04 - 32 bit (Reading database ... 216964 files and directories currently installed.) Unpacking mysql-workbench-community (from mysql-workbench-community-6.0.6-1ubu1304-i386.deb) ... dpkg: ...
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how to unistall dropbox from ubuntu?

hemant@HmNt-pc:~$ sudo apt-get remove nautilus-dropbox E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable) E: Unable to lock the administration directory ...
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Get list of installed packages?

I want to have a list of all packages that are installed on my server but the command dpkg --get-selections > ~/Package.list doesnt do anything! When i execute it there is no file called ...
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Unable to install asterisk on Ubuntu 12.10

I am working on a openbts project. I tried to install asterisk on 12.10 by watching a video. But it is showing that it is not able to unlock a 'lock' file. in var/lib/dpkg/lock So i wanted some ...
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Stuck in broken packages cycle (related to Libreoffice / Openoffice)

I have some broken packages after messing up Libreoffice uninstall (I installed Apache Openoffice, but it seems that I didn't fully remove LO first). Below are some of the responses I get to various ...
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Can't install steam due to missing curl

Hi I am New to Ubuntu and when I try install steam, I get this- varun@varun-XPS-M1330:~/Downloads$ sudo dpkg -i steam_latest.deb [sudo] password for varun: (Reading database ... 179346 files and ...
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dpkg: error processing python-minimal (--configure)

When I run sudo apt-get upgrade, the dpkg error appears and interupts the process. Error details: Setting up python-minimal (2.7.3-0ubuntu7.1) ... Traceback (most recent call last): File ...
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Tried to get janitor and got the message for dpkg dependency problem on Ubuntu 12.04

dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of computer-janitor-gtk: computer-janitor-gtk depends on computer-janitor (= 2.1.0-0ubuntu8); however: Package computer-janitor is not installed. ...
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Problems when installing any package using apt-get install [duplicate]

When installing any package using apt-get install I get this message: E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1) error 1 not fully installed or removed. After this operation, 0 B of ...
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Upgrade and new software installation fails

Errors were encountered while processing: linux-image-extra-3.8.0-19-generic E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1) The output of uname -a is: Linux balu-System-Product-Name ...
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Installing dpkg error “requested operation requires superuser privilege”

Running Ubuntu Version 13.04 and login as administrator and says I need to a superuser to run dpkg, I thought admin was a superuser. What am I doing wrong? avid@david-Dell-DM051:~/Documents$ dpkg -i ...
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How to upgrade a particular package dependencies only?

Let's say I have a package A which has Depends: B (>= 1.0.0) in its control file. The B was installed as an A dependency some time ago with 1.0.0 version. Now B was updated in the repository to ...
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“dpkg: error: requested operation requires superuser privilege”. Cannot remove all configuration info from removed packages, sudo doesn't work

I want to run this command (see section 4 from here https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AptGet/Howto#Removal_commands): dpkg -l | grep '^rc' | awk '{print $2}' | xargs dpkg --purge I use sudo at the ...
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How does dpkg-reconfigure know which category an application belongs to?

When I run the command sudo dpkg-reconfigure lightdm, I'm taken to a screen that allows me to customize which display manager I want to use. It lists lightdm, gdm, and other display managers I have ...
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Where should I place templates and config file in debian hierarchy

I am writing a debian binary package for my application (foo). The postinst (post install) script wants to ask the user few questions and get the answers as well. I am trying to achieve this using ...
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apt-get: No space left on device (12.04)

I have read every thread I could find -- even the ones that say that the question has been answered elsewhere but none of them address the specific issue I am having. Update Manager ran and produced ...
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why apt-get not use packages availabe in archives folder copied by aptoncd instead download again

I used aptoncd to creat .iso of installed packages and also add some packages not installed by apt-get ( i have .deb from previous install like vlc, apache2 etc). I am able to restore all packages ...
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How to reliably block package version from update?

I built and installed my own version of package tora with Oracle InstantClient support using this guide. It has the same version as the package available from standart Ubuntu repository so Synaptic ...
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dpkg: error: duplicate file trigger interest for filename `/usr/share/icons/hicolor' and package `hicolor-icon-theme'

I can't install or remove any packages right now. Every aptitude or dpkg command fails with dpkg: error: duplicate file trigger interest for filename `/usr/share/icons/hicolor' and package ...
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Install Lightscribe on 64 bit AMD Error

I am trying to install lightscribe on a 64 bit Ubuntu 12.04. I have installed the 32 bit libs and I keep getting the following message: tedsch47@Ted-Laptop:~/Downloads/Programs$ sudo dpkg --install ...
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Dpkg error whe I try to upgrade nessus on ubuntu server 12.04

When I run this command sudo dpkg -i Nessus-5.0.1-ubuntu1110_amd64.deb, I got the following error: dpkg: error processing Nessus-5.0.1-ubuntu1110_amd64.deb (--install): cannot access archive: No ...
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How do I install Red5 using apt-get? Getting sub-process error

This is copy from question of some guy on other forum that never got satisfiably answered. I encountered the same error few days ago on Ubuntu 13.04 Desktop. It seems like Red5 is installed but it ...
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How do I fix “dpkg status database is locked by another process”? [duplicate]

I got the the following error output when trying to install some package: E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable) E: Unable to lock the administration ...
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I can not install Wifi Fern? [duplicate]

I am having problems installing Wifi Fern @ubuntu:~/Desktop$ sudo dpkg -i Fern-Wifi-Cracker_1.6_all.deb Selecting previously unselected package fern-wifi-cracker. (Reading database ... 187540 files ...
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problem with 'sudo apt-get upgrade'

When I run sudo apt-get upgrade, the following error rises: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following packages have been kept back: ...
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how to package installed packages?

Is there anyway to package the installed software on the system? I mean without going to/var/cache/apt.. and without downloading anything else, can i use a dpkg command to make a packages from all ...
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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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“gzip: stdout: No space left on device”

After the recent updates I've installed I got the following error when installing or uninstalling apps from Ubuntu Software center on Ubuntu 13.04: installArchives() failed: (Reading database ... ...
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Update Manager broken package libxext6 and libxext6:i386 [duplicate]

This problem seems similar to some, but none of the fixes work. When I try to update, it reads/displays the packages, but it will not install. The error message I got in the terminal is: dpkg: error ...