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

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How can I install `flashplugin-installer` and `ttf-mscorefonts-installer` without an Internet connection?

Is there a way to download the Flash plug-in and the Microsoft fonts on one computer, and install them on another offline computer? Simply downloading the flashplugin-installer and ...
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Where can I get a Postgres 9.0 package?

I want to use Postgres 9.0 in Ubuntu. Does anybody know any repository that already has the debian package for Postgres 9.0? Do you think I should wait for the next Ubuntu release or Postgres 9.0 is ...
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How exactly does Synaptic keep track of “New in repository” packages?

Is this info part of APT cache or does it create a separate file to compare with new cache? Where is it stored then?
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Cannot use apt-get anymore because of one specific package

No matter what type of apt-get I run (install, update, ...) I always get: dpkg: warning: files list file for package `libgdata-google1.2-1' missing, assuming package has no files currently installed. ...
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Which packages recommended 'Missing Recommends'?

The Synaptic Package Manager has a custom filter "Missing Recommends". Is there a way to find out which packages installed on my system recommended the packages listed in this filter?
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Remove recommended packages

By mistake I forgot to add --no-install-recommends flag to my apt-get install command, is there a way to purge those recommended packages after they've been installed?
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Cannot install wine on Ubuntu natty 64bit [broken dependency]

I've just installed Ubuntu natty 64bit. Now I'm trying to install wine and no matter how I do it (Software center/synaptic/terminal), it fails. Here's what I tried on terminal: sudo apt-get update ...
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sudo apt-get check gives me the following error

sudo apt-get check Reading package lists... Error! E: Read error - read (21: Is a directory) E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened Please let me know how to resolve this ...
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Wine installation not completing due to held broken packages

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 64bit and I want to install wine. This is the output of sudo apt-get install wine: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state ...
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package manager broken and libjack errors after using BleedingEdge12_4_26.sh

I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 lts. I used the BleedingEdge12_4_26.sh script which was recommended to me to install some more software. This morning my update notification came up and when I tried ...
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How to see packages installed on a given date using aptitude

Does anyone know if there's an easy way to find a list of packages installed, sorted by date, when using aptitude (or apt-get)? I was installing a bunch of packages to try something new, and it ...
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Diff'ing different versions of the same debian package

Is there any way to get source diffs between a locally-installed package and its updated one? This will be useful to check exactly which parts have been fixed, changed or added. For example, say you ...
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How to determine the version and origin of proprietary drivers installed by Additional Drivers?

How can I tell which version and from which repository the Additional Drivers tool is trying to install the fglrx graphics driver? It says that I have a different version of the driver in use. I ...
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Is there a way to check if a program is available in the repository by commandline?

When i find a interesting program i want to test and install in ubuntu i first check if it's available in the repository. For that i use the software center. But does a possibility exist to check it ...
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How to visually display dependencies of a package?

This is just for fun and curiosity: is there a tool using which I can visually see the dependencies of a package as a graph? That is, the packages that a given package depends on. This can be a ...
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Is there a safe way to reinstall via the package manager?

Assume, I have a system with all the packages installed, which I want, and all configuration files set up as desired. However, the files on the file system could have become corrupted or missing due ...
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Limit what users can install

This is a theoretical scenario that has come up as part of another question: I have x Ubuntu desktops with x users. Users don't have sudo privs I can let them install things through the software ...
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Why does tasksel exist when there are already meta packages?

I've recently heard of tasksel, a tool that "installs multiple related packages as a co-ordinated "task" onto your system". What is the difference between using tasksel and installing meta packages ...
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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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Write List of Packages installed via Manual Invocation of apt-get to File

I'm trying to install a new version of Ubuntu from scratch, but I would like a list of the packages which I manually installed (as opposed to installed as a dependency or that came with the system). ...
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Correct way to install virtual dependency

I'm in the process of creating a .deb package of our Java-based application (see this superuser-question). I'm now using following dependency information: Depends: java-runtime-headless (>= 1.6) ...
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How to view a list of packages that were manually installed without their dependancies

How do I see a list of packages I manually (really manually, as in I typed them in) installed? I want to exclude packages that were installed as a result of being dependencies of other packages that ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Not all updates can be installed, partial upgrade proposed

When I am opening Update manager, it writes, that "Not all updates can be installed" and partial upgrade proposed. What does this mean? Am I correct thinking that "upgrade" means changing Ubuntu ...
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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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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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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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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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Ubuntu gone out of order - Wont install any packages. What do I do?

Lately, I've been getting some strange behaviour from Ubuntu. First and the most important is that it wont install updates. It gives a package installation error and it simply wont work. Earlier I ...