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Implications of --no-install-recommends (apt-get install)

When I install packages using --no-install-recommends, can I say only packages listed here (Ubuntu Package Search) as "depends" are installed? I ask because I suspect some problems with boot might be ...
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What do the different Boot Options mean? (i.e. acpi=off, noapic, nolapic, etc)

I've been having issues installing 11.04 on my new laptop, the solution was to enable any of these boot options: acpi=off noapic nolapic But, what do these options actually do? What sort of ...
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Is it possible to install Ubuntu on a Mac using Bootcamp?

I want a native Ubuntu installation, not an VM. Do I have options on my Mac (that don't involve destroying the 'Mac' portion of it) or should I just switch to a standard PC? If I do have options, it ...
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How to EFI install Ubuntu?

On trying to install Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop amd64 to a desktop pc using a ga a75 ud4h motherboard (which is using an AMD 3870k APU with a new 1TB HDD) following the advice in the motherboard manual and ...
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Installation Error, “Unable to lock the administration directory” [duplicate]

Whenever I try to install any software through Terminal or Software on my Ubuntu 11.04, I'm getting this response: In Terminal: E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource ...
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Fixing software center catalog

I'm new to Ubuntu, it looks like it is better than Windows. Last day I tried to install Kget (the download manager) but during the process my computer suddenly stopped working. So I had to switch it ...
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How do I install Ubuntu on a VirtualBox client from an ISO image?

I have the ISO image file (that is, *.iso), and I am trying to boot my VirtualBox installation with this image. Is it possible? I know how to mount my ISO image to my filesystem (on my host machine), ...
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How to install mysql?

I tried mysql in my command line : I get : The program 'mysql' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing: sudo apt-get install mysql-client-core-5.5 But when I do: sudo apt-get ...
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“cannot determine current directory” while building haskell

I'm trying to install haskell on ubuntu 11.10 and I'm following the instructions on this website: https://gist.github.com/1524859 But when I type ./configure I get an error message saying: checking ...
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How do I reinstall Ubuntu?

I have Ubuntu 10.04 on my computer, with Windows 7 next to it. Instead of upgrading to 10.10, I feel like doing a clean install. However, I don't want to erase my Windows, even though I barely ever ...
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Installing chrome gives an error: “dependency is not satisfiable”

I just installed ubuntu on my laptop, everything works fine, but I'd like to use chrome instead of firefox. I downloaded the .deb file from the chrome website, and when I open it, the install buton ...
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How do I install XULRunner?

I'm installing Pencil and get the following error: xulrunner: not found. XULRunner is a a requirement for Pencil. So how do I install XULRunner and it's dependencies?
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How can I install and use text-to-speech software?

I want to convert text to an audio file containing synthesised speech that reads out that text. What free (libre+gratis) software is available for this and how do I install and use it? I don't need ...
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What are the F6 options during installation?

What is the meaning of different options in the F6 context menu of Ubuntu installation dvd ? i.e. acpi=off noapic nolapic edd=on nodmraid nomodeset Free Software only How do they affect the ...
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How to keep only ubuntu-minimal?

How can I remove all packages from Ubuntu and make sure ubuntu-minimal will not be lost?
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Virtualbox install 12.04 guest: “pae not present”

I get this message while trying to install Ubuntu 12.04 as a guest in VirutalBox 4.1.18, on an Ubuntu 10.04 host. This kernel requires the following feature not present on the CPU: pae Some ...
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Boot error > no such device: grub rescue [duplicate]

After an installation of Ubuntu 12.04, erasing an old partition with Ubuntu 10.10, I can't get grub to load. I can't access my Windows 7 partition either I get the message: > error: no such ...
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How do I install the driver for a Microsoft Lifecam VX-3000?

I have looked all over Ask Ubuntu and can't find any way to install the driver easily. I will be fine by doing it through terminal if that is how to do it.
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How to install Tomcat 7.0.42 on Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS?

The sysadmin gave me a virtual machine which I access through terminal. I have root access and it got Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS. The command apt-cache policy tomcat7 informs: tomcat7: Installed: (none) ...
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Can't install/remove/upgrade any package

So I've been trying to upgrade Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit few days back and received an error: dpkg: ../../src/archives.c:978: tarobject: Assertion `r == stab.st_size' failed. So I followed this Ubuntu ...
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Replacing Windows with Linux Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I am working on the best way to eliminate Windows XP from my older desktop and replace it with Linux Ubuntu 12.04 LTS as my sole operating system. I've done a dual boot alongside Windows to get used ...
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How to install multiple PPAs and applications at once?

I'm going to set up a couple of general use computers on one of my lab's work benches. There's a whole bunch of PPA repositories and applications from the Ubuntu repositories that I'd like to install ...
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What commands are needed to install Ubuntu Core?

Ubuntu Core's wiki page page contains the instructions to install Ubuntu Core on a target media: Uncompress (do not unpack) rootfs Format target media: at least one partition should be ext2, ...
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apt-get update stuck on “Waiting for Headers”

I'm setting up a Maverick server on a spare PC. The install completes fine and the system boots up into the shell. However, when I try to do a apt-get update , apt hangs on almost every entry with the ...
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How should I install Apache Tomcat 7 for use with Eclipse?

Which way should I install Apache Tomcat 7 on my Ubuntu: Using sudo apt-get install tomcat7 From the zip file downloaded from Apache website. I don't want the server to start on each boot. As most ...
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How to install multiple versions of LibreOffice?

Because of a problem reported here, possibly a bug, I have to use LibreOffice 3.5. But I would like to keep an eye on the latest version, which might even solve that problem. I would like to use ...
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What is the correct way to install maven and eclipse?

I have installed maven and eclipse using the software center in Ubuntu 12.04. There is no sign of maven integration in Eclipse. ("new Maven project" and such) What is the correct way to install? (to ...
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How to re-install Software Center?

I've had a problem with Software Center for a few weeks, where it has just refused to delete a removed PPA from its "All Software" and "Installed Software" drop-down menus. I've tried many suggested ...
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ubuntu-12.04-wubi-i386.tar.xz for the wubi installer

I ran the wubi installer (from an extracted ubuntu ISO) and it downloads ubuntu-12.04-wubi-i386.tar.xz but it's slow and non-resumable so I cancelled it, found a mirror of the file online and ...
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I can't boot into a usable system after updates. What should I do?

Due to updates, my machine can no longer boot properly. I am no Ubuntu guru. I do not have a week to spare diagnosing the issue. I just want to retrieve important data from this machine's hard drive ...
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“Line 302 Permission Denied” error while installing VMware Player

The Problem For an Operating Systems Architecture course at University, we are required to use VMware Player 3.1.4 for class assignments. I currently run 64-bit Ubuntu 11.04, and have recently ...
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Why do I get “init: failed to create pty…” errors on boot?

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 yesterday with a LiveUSB. I had problems at booting, so I had to repair grub, and it was ok. But now when I start up my pc, I get the error message 'init: failed to create ...
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Guide to particulars in customizing Ubuntu Installer

I've tried reading through guides for preseeding and customization, but I did not understand how and where to modify which options. I can only comfortably learn through practical examples, for which I ...
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ca-certificates-java fails when trying to install openjdk-6-jre

I use a VPS with Ubuntu Server 10.10 x64. I want to use Java and run the command sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jre but it fails because the installation encounted errors while processing ...
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The package is of bad quality - google chrome [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “bad quality” package? I'm doing a fresh install of 12.10 and am trying to install Google Chrome. I've downloaded the deb from http://chrome.google.com and am ...
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How to install openjdk-7-jdk on Ubuntu 12.04 without dragging in unrelated GUI and sound packages?

Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS What's going on here? # apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done The following extra packages will be ...
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Installer Reboots at “Detecting hardware” (disks and other hardware) on all recent Server Installs

I have a very frustrating problem with my PC. I cannot install any recent version of Ubuntu Server (or even Desktop) since 9.04 even using the text-based installer. I boot from a USB stick created by ...
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How do I fix a “Previous installation hasn't been completed.” error in Software Center?

Ubuntu Software Center crashes whenever I try to install something. It shows the following error: Previous installation hasn't been completed. The installation could have failed because of an ...
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How to get a list of installed software packages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to list all installed packages? I am on a "grown" system. My initial setup was using Ubuntu 9.04. But now with the 12.04 Update I got stuck. My System is freezing ...
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How do I install the VirtualBox version from Oracle to install an Extension Pack?

I downloaded VirtualBox OSE from the Ubuntu Software Center but it seems that that version is limited. I prefer to have the complete version and don't really care if it's closed source or not. Can I ...
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How to install Microsoft Office in Ubuntu 12.04? [duplicate]

I have recently switched from Windows 7 to Ubuntu 12.04. I want to know how to install Microsoft Office (specifically, Microsoft Office 2010) in Ubuntu? I am a die hard fan of MS Office and I want to ...
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How to install Synaptic Package Manager?

I tried to install Synaptic Package Manager but I get the following error message: Package dependencies cannot be resolved. This error could be caused by required additional software packages which ...
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Get root access for copying files to /usr/share/…?

To be short, I want to copy a folder to a location /usr/share/screenlets/.... in Ubuntu 10.04 system. I tried by logging in as root from terminal giving su. I even changed my user account type to ...
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after 12.04 upgrade: can't log in although password is correct

I upgraded from 10.10 to 12.04, and now can't log in any more. The password is correct- when I type in a wrong one, I am told it's incorrect, while the correct one is seemingly accepted, but then just ...
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Installing applications from source

I was wondering about generic installations of all applications in linux. And what that means? Well, when I was using windows I knew that if I want to install an application I am double-clicking the ...
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Is installing Ubuntu on Mac as simple as installing on a generic PC?

I am planning to buy a new laptop and as I'm an Ubuntu Fanatic. I'd like to know whether the procedure of installing Ubuntu on a Mac is as simple and straight-forward as it is on a PC. If it is then ...
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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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grub rescue prompt after install installing Ubuntu in a dual boot [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I repair grub? (How to get Ubuntu back after installing Windows?) I have dual boot with Windows 7 And Ubuntu 11.10. Yesterday I tried installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ...
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Installing Ubuntu 12.04 without installing Grub

Using the Ubuntu 12.04 Live CD, is possible not to install Grub? In previous versions, there was a checkbox called something like "skip grub installation", now in 12.04 this checkbox isn't there any ...
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“No such file or directory” when invoking java

I'm trying to re-install Oracle JDK 7 32 bit to 64 bit Ubuntu (previously 64 bit JDK was installed). JDK is currently present at /usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.7.0. I invoke sudo update-alternatives --remove ...