Questions about the management of packages, in particular the `dpkg` system.

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Find out what packages were installed after os install

How do I find out what packages have been installed since the OS was installed? I do not want to know all packages installed, only those that were not part of the initial OS install, and have been ...
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How can a package maintainer prevent file collisions with Ubuntu packages, like trying to overwrite 'file', which is also in package?

I develop (or maintain) a package, I've gotten several bug reports along the lines of: dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/libjline-java_1.0-1_all.deb (--unpack): trying to overwrite ...
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Mistakes in terminal

I don't know why, but after installing some programs there's been a mistake in the terminal. So then every time when I update or trying to install a new package through terminal in the end a mistake ...
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'uboot-mkimage' has no installation candidate?

i'm using 13.10,64 bit. i'm trying to install mkimage but it is not working. root@pnreddy:/home/pnreddy/Android_13.04# sudo apt-get install u-boot-tools Reading package lists... Done Building ...
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Update Manager Error - Invalid Package Name

I get the following error when trying to perform an update in Ubuntu 12.04 64bit: installArchives() failed: Preconfiguring packages ... Preconfiguring packages ... Preconfiguring packages ... ...
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How to get a summary of installed packages by repository and see differences from clean install?

I just upgraded several PC to Ubuntu Trusty 14.04. For this, I used to install everything from scratch to get a clean system, keeping only /home (and /etc for reference). This time however I upgraded ...
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couldn't install npm on ubuntu

Tried to install nodejs and npm on ubuntu 12.04. I googled and did it. Now, I could not install npm on machine. sudo apt-get install npm Which gives me this The following packages have unmet ...
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Unable to install libssl1.0.0:i386 due to “unmet dependencies”?

I have read and followed the advice in this question to no avail. I am attempting to install libssl1.0.0:i386 on my 14.04 box (amd64), but when I try to do this via APT, I receive the following error ...
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I can't edit, update, remove or install my broken packages [closed]

I have an elementary OS based on Ubuntu 12.04. When i open synaptic package manager and I want to fix broken package, i get the following result and I can't update, remove or install any package: ...
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Upgrade conflicts with some packages, in particular - Violetland

Ubuntu 12.04's last upgrade deleted game "Violetland". When I tried to (re)install it, it wants two older packages The following packages have unmet dependencies: violetland : Depends: ...
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sbackup-gtk not installable from 14.04

I can't install sbackup on my laptop due to below reason: $ sudo apt-get install sbackup-gtk Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Some ...
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BOTH available-old & available missing from dpkg - “dpkg: error: failed to open package info file `/var/lib/dpkg/available' for reading”

Issue : Many threads try to solve the broken packages problem using the options as below. However my main problem is that BOTH the available & available-old do not exist . I have no clue how I ...
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What packages do I need to add the functionality of NodeZero?

NodeZero is a distribution optimized for Penetration testing and security auditing specialist tools NodeZero comes around 300 tools for penetration testing and set of basic services which are ...
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What's the reason for tying some applications to GNOME?

I don't want Evolution, Tracker and other packages in my computer (Ubuntu 14.04, GNOME 3.9, Shell 3.10.4), but GNOME depends on these packages . I've read some tricks for disabling some of them ...
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Visualize the steps used to built a given package

When having the name for a package from the official Ubuntu repository, is possible to know all the steps that took place when building this specific package from sources ? All the commands that were ...
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Remove KDE and switch to CLI

I installed Ubuntu Server 14.04 on my server this morning, I thought it would be cool to run a GUI. Though it occupies too much memory for my liking. How can I revert back to CLI, permanently? And ...
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Can't install wine on Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I cannot install Wine on Ubuntu 14.04. When I try to install it on the Ubuntu Software Center I always get a message that says I have unmet dependencies. I tried installing Wine through the terminal ...
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Location of old package list after failed upgrade

The upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 failed on my maschine. During the process the output stated, that the list of previously installed packages was saved to a location. Unfortunately I do not remember the ...
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Software Properties will not run

I can't configure repositories and things on my Kubuntu 14.04 LTS system. When I run kdesudo software-properties-kde it asks me for my password then gives this traceback message: Traceback (most ...
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Why does package mercurial depend on x11-common in a chroot'ed environment?

In relation to a previous question I posed (Make apt-get (or aptitude) run with -y but not prompt for replacement of configuration files?) I came across a somewhat peculiar and hard to explain ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 upgrade from 13.10: Using unofficial software packages not provided by ubuntu

I am having an issues upgrading to 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) from 13.10 (Saucy Salamander), where I get a message Could not calculate the upgrade, and I believe it is due to my unofficial software packages. ...
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what is sudo apt-get -f install

what is the usage of apt-get -f install . when I run sudo apt-get update I got some errors at the end It says try apt-get -f install. What is this command? the last part of my error is : . . . ...
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Does Xubuntu Include Proprietary Software?

I am interested in installing Xubuntu 14.04 on my computer, but I was wondering whether or not it comes pre-installed with copyrighted proprietary software such as codecs, Flash, drivers, etc.? I ...
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Can I use gdebi for mutiple packages or any alternative?

I installs packages by dpkg -i *.deb but it can not install missing dependencies and errors if any dependencies not satisfied. So, we have to run apt-get -f install after dpkg -i *.deb for fixing ...
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How are packages maintained in Ubuntu

Lets say I copy a .deb package to /tmp directory and install it (dpkg -i). After a reboot should this package get loaded automatically ? Since /tmp directly gets wiped off I am wondering how the ...
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How synaptic “Add Downloaded Packages” Works?

I have downloaded deb packages. When I use synaptic- Add downloaded packages It just download some packages but not add (install) my all packages (Even main package!). According to my assumption, ...
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What causes packages to appear broken

There are many answer related to fixing either specific broken packages or fixing most/all packages in a general way. This question is related to why and what cause packages to appear broken or get ...
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“Pin down” an automatically installed package so apt-get autoremove keeps it

Say I install package A, which depends on package B. Then I remove A. Now apt-get autoremove wants to remove B, but I want to keep it. How do I "pin down" B so that the system acts as if I installed ...
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What does Unknown media type in type 'all/all' mean? [closed]

I reinstalled the Amarok player in my Kubuntu 14.04 because it seemed buggy. I noticed this in the terminal: david@EMACHINE:~$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall amarok Reading package lists... Done ...
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Use apt directly vs apt-*?

I just found that there is a apt command that you can use directly: $sudo apt apt 1.0.1ubuntu2 for amd64 compiled on Apr 10 2014 13:03:39 Usage: apt [options] command CLI for apt. Basic ...
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Remove .deb package from ubuntu

I installed a debian package libncurses5-dev:i386.deb using "sudo dpkg -i libncurses5-dev:i386.deb". However i realized that i needed another package libncurses5-dev_5.7+20100313-5_amd64.deb. When ...
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Dependency error (1)

dpkg: error processing package liblzma5:i386 (--configure): package is in a very bad inconsistent state; you should reinstall it before attempting configuration dpkg: dependency problems prevent ...
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E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), Error [duplicate]

why do i get - E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it? when trying to install any software through terminal? and how to solve it ?
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How to understand apt.log?

First, a little context: I have a machine with Ubuntu 13.10 64bit with Unity, that i use for development. As such, i updated several packages manually, and even installed/compiled some from sources ...
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When should I use apt-get and aptitude or apt-fast? [closed]

Is there any difference between installing by apt-get, apt-fast and aptitude? Which is recommended to use while installing and removing package? In other words, which command is preferable while ...
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ubuntu 14.04 getdeb installation problems

I installed Ubuntu 14.04. Later I tried to install getdeb with sudo dpkg -i getdeb-repository_0.1-1~getdeb1_all.deb. It got stuck at Connecting to archive.getdeb.net.. I aborted this with (ctrl+c) ...
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Trouble downloading packages

When I try to download any of the following package, it shows error. sudo apt-get install libelf-dev sudo apt-get install tcl-dev sudo apt-get install tk-dev Reading package lists... Building ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 asks to downgrade packages?

I'm new to ubuntu, so please excuse any naive questions. After a fresh install of 14.04, I was adding apps from the Software Center, but most of them continued to fail because "Package Dependencies ...
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Package system is broken (oxideqt-codecs-extra) ubuntu 14.04

So last night I tried to update using the update manager and I couldn't because I encountered an error halfway through (error:brokencount>0). Today I wanted to install a package with ubuntu software ...
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libc6-amd64 dependency problem

I'm trying to install fglrx manually from the AMD website however it keeps complaining that it's missing the dependency "libc6-amd64". When I run the fglrx package through gdebi I get this message: ...
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12.04 Computer crashed, now I get update error below

installArchives() failed: (Reading database ... dpkg: warning: files list file for package `libgnome-keyring-common' missing, assuming package has no files currently installed. dpkg: warning: files ...
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Aptitude - Both 64 & 32-bit packages being selected

In aptitude, I selected the xubuntu-desktop task and was presented with a large number of package conflicts, per this example: It seems that both the 32- and 64-bit versions of packages are being ...
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How to completely remove kubuntu-desktop from Ubuntu

I installed kubuntu-desktop just to experiment with its interface. Then I decided to remove and did the traditional apt-get purge and autoremove but it seems elements of kubuntu are still there. For ...
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How to remove specified versions of package using aptitude

I have a small issue with libc6 package. There is some output: root@xubuntu:/# aptitude versions libc6 Package libc6: p 2.17-93ubuntu4 saucy 500 H 2.18-4 ...
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unable to install mediaelch on Ubuntu 14.04

I am trying to install MediaElch after the upgrade from 13.XX removed it. I followed the instructions from the MediaElch website (http://www.kvibes.de/en/mediaelch/download/) sudo ...
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Update manager not worknig and Red icon on my menu panel

I've been upgrading my ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04 LTS,during the installation process, I accidentally lost power after this i try to turnon my machine, it shows red icon with Error message Here is the ...
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`apt` log files: is there a log for `apt-add-repository ppa:…`?

The apt command has the nice behavior to log all what you request it to do in /var/log/apt/history* file. This is quite handy, because in case of reinstall you can see which packages you have ...
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Ubuntu Update Manager fails

I have Ubuntu desktop installed. Every time Update Manager runs it fails: Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/g/gnutls26/libgnutls26_2.12.14-5ubuntu3.6_amd64.deb 404 Not ...
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How to identify the name of the package? [duplicate]

Lets say I want to download the 'Full GNOME Desktop Environment, with extra components' in the image below. What is the name of the package? is it 'gnome' or 'Full GNOME Desktop Environment, with ...
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When attempting upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04 upgrade halted and will not allow 2nd attemp

During the upgrade process the upgrade process halted and I can not restart the updater. It seems to be related to samba. I ran sudo apt-get install -f and got the following result: Reading package ...