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

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How can I make a live CD/DVD from my harddisk installation?

How can I make a live CD/DVD from my harddisk installation? In other words, I would like to create a boot CD from Ubuntu that is installed on my PC, because I want to include the updated packages in ...
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Keep only essential packages

In an attempt to learn more about Ubuntu and its packages, I want to remove all non-essential packages, so I can install what I need, when I need them and know what they do. I'm using the commands ...
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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 do I get security updates for restricted/partner packages?

I want to perform just security updates on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, keeping the rest of the system unchanged. I need to do this from the command line, no the GUI update manager. I have implemented the ...
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Install packages without internet

How do I install ubuntu packages from the ubuntu cd. I have ubuntu-desktop 10.04 running and I have to install wvdial package but no internet connection for installing from apt repository.
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How do I restore default settings and configuration, but keep local data, installed apps, and PPAs?

I'm fairly new to Ubuntu and while messing around with different things and trying out some shells, I've managed to mess my system up. Specifically I really messed up my GNOME session and can't get it ...
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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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How do I install turbo c++?

I am used to Turbo C++ and I am new to Ubuntu. I really need Turbo C++ to get started. Can somebody please help me to install Turbo C++ on Ubuntu.
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Where do packages installed/upgraded with APT get stored?

As time goes by we tend to do apt-get install and add or replace software. Are these archived in some form or do they get auto-cleared after installation? And if it doesn't get auto-cleared, it would ...
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How to remove all i386 packages from Ubuntu 64bit?

Over the time I installed many i386 packages, which I no longer need. How can I clean up the system and stay only with the amd64 packages?
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How can you suggest the addition of a new package?

This bug has had a solution proposed in comment 4 which involves the addition of a new package to the system. How would I bring this to the attention of the developers?
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download.01.org certificate verification failed - CRLfile missing?

So I had intel-Linux-graphics-installer on my computer but lately when I sudo apt-get update I get the following error Err https://download.01.org trusty/main amd64 Packages ...
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Broken dependencies after upgrade

After an apt-get upgrade I got the following error: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not ...
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I can't update, upgrade and remove my app from kubuntu

I have a problem upgrading software. I can't update, upgrade or remove my software. The notification of update manager signs 46 security packets and 83 other packets and when I click on it to install ...
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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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getting error message Package operation failed

while installing any softwere or update i am getting this error installArchives() failed: dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/available' near line 0: field name ...
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Any way to list similar commands?

When you write the command name wrong, bash often does this: septi@norbert:~$ good No command 'good' found, did you mean: Command 'gold' from package 'binutils' (main) Command 'gmod' from package ...
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Is there a standalone version of soapUI for Linux?

I want to run soapUI on Ubuntu 11.10. If I am not able to install via the package manager, I'd prefer not to install at all, and instead run as a standalone application. Looking at the soapUI download ...
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How to remove all associated files and configuration settings of an app installed through 'force architecture' command

A few weeks ago I installed a 32 bit .deb file through the 'force architecture' command (on my 64bit notebook), however the procedure was unsuccessful and I used the apt-get purgecommand to uninstall ...
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Installation of a package to a custom directory

Is there any option to install a package to my home directory (or /foo) instead of system wide ? I am looking for options using apt-get or dpkg. Something similar to --prefix in a source compile. ...
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“But is referred to by another package.” - Finding that package

It is not unusual for an Ubuntu (or other distro with apt package management) user to encounter the error: user@box ~ $ sudo apt-get install x [sudo] password for user: Reading package lists... Done ...
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Is Not Installed (Residual config) safe to remove all?

In Synaptic Manager I noticed I had a lot of packages in that list, and was wondering if any shouldn't be removed for some reason? Or if that is all safe to be removed. Is it possible that some should ...
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inxi installation on ubuntu

I have migrated from Linux Mint to Ubuntu 64(KDE installed). I want check my hardware with inxi -F command but it returns : inxi: command not found and as I want to install inxi (sudo apt-get install ...
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How to install programs on other Ubuntu machines without using the Internet

I have several computers running Ubuntu. I also have a slow Internet connection. If I install programs using apt-get, does that put installation files somewhere which I can access, so that I can use ...
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sudo apt-get install -f doesn't fix broken packages. And now?

$ sudo apt-get install -f [sudo] password for ...: Lendo listas de pacotes... Pronto Construindo árvore de dependências Lendo informação de estado... Pronto Corrigindo dependências... Pronto Os ...
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Installing packages in multiple systems

I have to install some packages in 5 Ubuntu system in my office. There, bandwidth is limited. So, is there any way to install it in one system & copy to other, so that all works fine? All systems ...
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How to reinstall a package

I am getting this while installing libebml3: Errors were encountered while processing: libebml3:i386 Error in function: dpkg: error processing libebml3:i386 (--configure): Package is in a very bad ...
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How can I use LaunchPad.net packages in 11.04?

LaunchPad.net is a fantastic repository of packages, and one that I use often to install packages that are not included in the main repository. Thus far, I've always simply browsed to a package page ...
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What can I do if Synaptic can't get the latest version of software?

I'm using Synaptic for package management on Ubuntu 12, and am currently trying to get the newest version of SWIG - 2.0.9. My currently installed package swig in Synaptic is version 2.0.7-3ubuntu1. I ...
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installing “ia32-libs” problem - Ubuntu 12.10 x64

I'm trying to install ia32-libs and i tried nearly all commands to install this package but always i got an error. Here is what i've tried so far; sudo apt-get install ia32libs orkun@ubuntu:~$ sudo ...
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How do i configure the live usb to install additional packages?

I have saved all the packages from the directory /var/cat/apt/archives to Usb. Is it possible to configure the live Usb to accommodate all these extra packages /var/cache/apt/archives; so that it ...
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Fixing broken myslq-server package after upgrade to 12.04

After upgrade to 12.04 mysql server was unable to start. I tried many different things but without any luck. Now when I try to install it, I get: $ sudo apt-get install mysql-server-5.5 Reading ...
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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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Package operation failed Errors were encountered while processing: xserver-common-lts-raring [duplicate]

Before starting with my problem description, I would like to say that this is my very first time using Ubuntu or anything related to Linux! Now my question! I have installed the very last ...
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Override Distro Package with Custom Package?

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS provides OpenSSL 1.0.1e, but it disables TLSv1.1 and TLSv1.2. In the past it was an interop decision because of broken client implementations. In 2014, its really not appropriate ...
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How to set up and use a virtual python environment in Ubuntu?

Python virtual environments are used to create isolated python environments to avoid dependency and version conflicts, and also indirectly takes care of permission issues. But what is the easiest way ...
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How can I see all versions of a package that are available in the archive?

Is there a way I can see all the versions that are in the archives that I have configured in sources.list. I can see the last version of each archive with "apt-get policy", but how can I see all? Is ...
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Will python2.7 be available for 10.04 in the future?

Since Ubuntu 10.04 is an LTS release will it support python 2.7 as a default package maintainer version or at least have a python2.7 package in future? Since it will be the last major python 2.x ...
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How can I find out if a specific program is installed? [duplicate]

I want to find out if a program - Chromium for example - is installed on Ubuntu or not. Manually or as a package. How do I know if a program is installed via command line?
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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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How do I check only security updates from the command-line?

Is there a way to quickly check for the availability of security updates from the command line? On my 12.04 system running apt-get update fetches 20MB of data about available packages every time I ...
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How can I start my own Repository

I'm an avid developer but I never actually gotten around to setting up my own PPA - how would someone go about this? Common issues encountered? How do I get my source code to be compiled into packages ...
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Installing Skype on 12.10 64 bit causes errors

I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 64bit (clean install) and updated it. After that i tried to install skype, and i get error that skype depends skype-bin, but it could not install it, and that there are ...
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What is nss-myhostname? And why is it not installable?

dmesg shows the line systemd-hostnamed[3964]: Warning: nss-myhostname is not installed. Changing the local hostname might make it unresolveable. Please install nss-myhostname! But sudo ...
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Is there a usage count for packages or programs?

Motivation: I want to remove applications I do not use to speed up my package processing tasks like dist upgrades, regular updates, but also for saving disk space and other reasons. I know this is a ...
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How do I safely remove gwibber?

I'm really in love with Ubuntu but I'm not used to Gwibber, for some reason. I can't remove gwibber without removing the ubuntu-desktop package. Is it safe to remove it, without ruining my desktop?
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Is there a way to disable kernel updates?

I run a more recent kernel (2.6.34) than the ones supplied with the Update Manager. I am tired of updates asking me to reboot every week or so and screwing my grub.cfg (this probably deserves it's own ...
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How do I rebuild a package to include debugging information?

I want to rebuild a package to include debugging symbols, how would I do that? There is no -dbg package available and also no -dbgsym package from the ddebs repository.
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How can I upload package for several ubuntu versions to Launchpad automatically?

See the title. I using dput and in my /etc/dput.cf : [ppa] fqdn = ppa.launchpad.net method = ftp incoming = ~onto/onto/ubuntu/ login = anonymous allow_unsigned_uploads ...
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How to set the package selection status to the current status?

I have made a dpkg --clear-selections command and found that all my packages are selected for removal. As the man pages is saying --clear-selections : Set the requested state of every ...