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

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Error in a gconf .entries file breaks my package manager

I probably was out of my mind , i tried editing the /usr/share/gconf/defaults/05_panel-default-setup.entries file by hand , i messed up and finally whenever i try to install/remove anything i ...
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An error occurred, please run package manager

I have just upgraded my Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop from Ubuntu 12.04 to 13.04. Unfortunately the top bar now has a little red circle with a minus sign in it. When I click it, it opens a box with the ...
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Samba installation failed on ubuntu 12.10

I was trying to install samba to access shared printer on windows pc connected via office network, following response came out from terminal. please guide me how to install Samba or any other ...
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How to preserve/export my current Ubuntu installation after changing to a new SSD & installing Windows7?

Ok, currently got set up: Puny little old 40GB harddrive AMD Athlon II X2 245 4GB DDR3 RAM Planning to upgrade to: 120GB SSD harddrive (40GB is getting a little tight for me, but 120GB is ...
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Is there way to Accelerate Package Downloads in slow connections? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Upgrading ubuntu with some thing which can make more than one connection I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and I want to download all (for a specified installation) packages ...
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I'm getting an error when I try to install the Amazon MP3 Downloader

When I run the .deb file I downloaded from here, I get this error: Error: Dependency is not satisfiable: libboost-filesystem1.34.1 Does anyone know a work around for this?
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How do I fix broken LibreOffice packages

I have "broken packages" but when I attempt to fix them in Synaptic Package Manager, I get this error message: dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting: files list file for package ...
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How to move packages from the live image to a pool on the disc?

Currently I'm using UCK and trying to make Edubuntu 12.04.1 DVD launch installer on 256Mb RAM: How to install Edubuntu on a system with low memory (256 Mb)? I was reading release notes for 12.10 and ...
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How apt-get determines when to download translation file?

I've been able to successfully build local repository. When I do apt-get against this local repository everything works fine. Sample output- Hit http://192.168.1.142 precise InRelease Hit ...
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How can I check what was installed for an apt package?

I just installed the package autojump through apt and now I have no idea how to actually use it. Newer versions uses a j alias, but apparently the apt version does not. In interest of finding out ...
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Prioritize PPA/repos with the same host

I'm using GIMP every day (on 11.10). Because of this, I need the Single-Window mode feature. So, I've added the matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn PPA, but as you see the description: GIMP 2.7.5 Will not ...
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Applications that can be installed and/or run by a non-admin user

Most applications do need to be installed by admin because, I believe, they need access to system resources or files otherwise protected from accessing or modifying. At the same time, for example, ...
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How to use Finger Print sensor?

i am using ubuntu 11.10 on my aspire 5237g i am having finger print reader in built with touch-pad. i am not able to use that . if someone provide me package details and installation procedure . i am ...
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Information on package versions from old releases?

The http://packages.ubuntu.com/ site provides great information on packages, with changelogs and much more, but only covers currently supported releases. The rmadison program (devscripts package) ...
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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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Problem with package installation - linux-image-server

I know similar issues have been resolved, but I'm kind of stuck. I ran out of space on / partition and needed to remove some packages since apt-get remove, autoremove and clean were not able to do ...
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Cannot install PHP CURL, php5-common discrepency

When every I try to install php5-curl, php5-common, php5 I always get following error: The following packages have unmet dependencies: php5-curl : Depends: php5-common (= 5.3.10-1ubuntu3) but ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 - How to get sip phone Twinkle latest version working using deb or already existing package from any repository?

In Fedora, ArchLinux Twinkle works without any problem just using there default package installer. But since in Ubuntu 12.10 there is not anymore this package available using apt-get install twinkle ...
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Build .deb package from source, without installing it

Suppose I have an installer program or source tarball for some program I want to install. (There is no Debian package available.) First I want to create a .deb package out of it, in order to be able ...
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There isn't a sofware package called “dbmail” in your current software sources

where is dbmail? [Binary packages] Most major distros already have packages for dbmail. Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora en Gentoo are known to do so. So check your package manager. From the ...
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Why do I get “package not found” when trying to install jabref with apt-get?

I can find a particular application 'JabRef' at the ubuntu software centre. But whenever I type sudo apt-get install jabref in terminal, it says package not found. What's going wrong here? Do I have ...
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When upgrading, is there an easy way to remove old default packages?

I've just upgraded to 11.10 beta using update-manager and all went well. However, the install process leaves installed default packages from the previous version that I no longer want (gdm, evolution ...
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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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pkgProblemResolver error when running Package Manager and updating 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04 (Original Ubuntu version was 8.xx) I have a message on the top bar that an error occurred and to run Package Manager. I received the following message after running package manager: ...
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determining what files a package updates / copying software between machines

How do I determine which files comprise an application (built from source, not from a repo), so I can copy it? I built an application from source, but because the libraries it needed to build were ...
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Apt/Synaptic needs to reinstall package but can't find the archive for it. [closed]

Running Synaptic I get the following error message: E: The package hl1440lpr needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it. E: Internal error opening cache (1). Please report. Upon ...
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Why are almost all packages marked as manually installed?

I just installed Maverick and was surprised that almost all packages are marked as manually installed (linux-headers and wireless-crda aren't). Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the differentiation ...
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How do I add/create a <source.changes> file?

I have created a package with Quickly and also i have uploaded it to a brach on launchpad, but how can i create a ppa for that program and upload to it? i'm really new to these stuff, i just learned ...
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Mark a deb package as used, so it's not suggested for autoremoval

I have a bunch of shared libs installed on my system which aren't dependencies of some concrete package but are needed for non-apt-managed libraries I've built from source (like latest SDL, Allegro, ...
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How do I set my system to auto-update without user interaction?

How can I set my Ubuntu to not only update regularly (and automagically) the security updates (I could set that when installing ubuntu), but to update ALL the packages automatically, in the ...
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What does Ubuntu software center error “bad quality package ” means? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “bad quality” package? In 11.04, Ubuntu software center complains most of the .deb package as bad quality package including chrome from google. ...
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How do I download old unsupported packages such as Kernel headers?

I am using the now unsupported Jaunty. However, I'm also running an older unsupported kernel which I wish to programme. i'm trying to make new system calls in kernel 2.6.21 and one of the new system ...
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How do I add a repository, but only for a specific package/version and its dependencies?

I would like to use the Natty Narwhal repository for puppet packages, but I don’t want to upgrade my whole server. Is that possible ? My current solution is to fetch the .deb packages by hand
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How to hold a package back from being upgraded? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to forbid a specific package to be updated? I don't want my kernel or grub updated until I do it manually. Is this possible in Ubuntu (10.04, I suppose)?
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Drag forward installed Python packages when upgrading

As somebody who runs multiple webservers each running a set of Django sites, keeping on top of my Python stack is very important. Out of (probably bad) habit, I rely on Ubuntu for a number of my ...
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Is it safe to remove ubuntu-desktop package?

I prefer using Synaptic to Software Center. So I decide to remove the software-center package, but ubuntu-desktop needs to be removed as well. A warning is shown, saying ubuntu-desktop is needed to ...
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Reverting problems caused by checkinstall with gcc build

I recently downloaded the GCC 4.6.2 source in order to play around a bit with C++11. Having been told about checkinstall and its usefulness in installing programs from source, I created a Debian ...
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Why are some Open Office packages marked as “local or obsolete” in Synaptic

This is a follow up to this question. I have not installed Open Office manually. I doubt that Open Office has been dropped from the repositories. So why are Open Office packages marked as "local or ...
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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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Installing Solaris Studio 12.2?

I'm having a dickens of a time installing Solaris Studio 12.2 on Ubuntu 10.04. I found this guide, however using the alien option isn't finding the correct files. I'm not exactly sure on the syntax ...
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will apt-get autoremove break other dependencies?

I want to use apt-get autoremove to remove liba for instance, but I'm not sure whether it is smart enough to preserve other dependencies. For instance, if liba depends on libb, while libc also depends ...
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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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php5-mysql install, error 404 Not Found

I get this message when I try to install php5-mysql http://ports.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-ports/pool/main/p/php5/php5-mysql_5.3.3-1ubuntu9.7_powerpc.deb 404 Not Found It's the same when I try both the ...
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dconf-editor gone from repositories?

On this post: How can I configure Unity? It mentions several options for Unity that need to be accessed through dconf-editor. I remember when I used Ubuntu Natty beta on Virtualbox, it was there in ...
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Locking updates to a specific mirror

My ISP offers a freezone Ubuntu mirror (http://ftp.iinet.net.au/pub/ubuntu/) however Ubuntu is constantly pulling updates from a US server that is slower not inside my freezone How can I force ...
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How to update mod_wsgi to latest version on Ubuntu 10.04?

My Ubuntu server has this version installed: # dpkg -l | grep wsgi ii libapache2-mod-wsgi 2.8-2ubuntu1 Python WSGI adapter module for Apache How can I get the latest Version 3.3?
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Getting + installing gcc/g++ 4.9 on Ubuntu?

How do I install the latest version of gcc and g++? I am using a variety of C++11 and C++1y features; which is why I need this.
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Not able to install g++ in ubuntu 13.10 because of broken packages

When I try to install g++ in my machine I am getting the following message. support:/$ sudo apt-get install g++ Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state ...
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OpenCV install problems on Studio 12.04 - broken dependencies [duplicate]

Problem: I'm trying to install OpenCV (video analytics) and am following the Ubuntu OpenCV installation documentation. The provided script has a line which executed for some time, taking away more ...
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How can I undo adding a PPA and installing packages from it? [duplicate]

I was following a guide and did this: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cinnamon nemo Now I am having a lot of trouble ...