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

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Failing package manager?

I am trying to download kcachegrind after a reinstallation of my OS. But I keep getting "dependency" failures. I have tried going through the Ubuntu software manager (which worked perfectly before...) ...
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How do I show the paths of a package in aptitude?

I know how to show the paths where I installed a package with dpkg: $ dpkg -L gnome How can I do that with aptitude?
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Which readlineX-dev should I install?

I'm installing postgresql from source. The installation guide states: If you are using a package-based Linux distribution, be aware that you need both the readline and readline-devel packages, ...
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How to see what installed packages I have never used for cleaning purposes

I want to do some clean up and was wondering how can I see what packages I have never used or has been very long since I used them.
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What type of installed/updated packages recommend the option to reboot

Sometimes when updating or installing a package, Ubuntu recommends to reboot the PC. The blue circle arrow appears. What type of packages do this and why?
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apt-get is giving me errors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I fix a 404 Error using a PPA? When I run sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade, I get the following: W: Failed to fetch cdrom://Ubuntu ...
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How to remove all installed packages that depends on specific package [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to remove an uninstalled package's dependencies? when I want to install a specific package (with synaptic) that depends on some other packages, I have to install ...
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Unable to install KDE in Ubuntu 11.10

I want to install KDE but I can't!! When I mark kde-full in synaptic to install it returns this error kde-full: Depends: kde-plasma-desktop but it is not going to be installed Depends: ...
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How to remove console-tools completely?

After removing console-tools using apt-get --purge remove console-tools I am getting the following error during boot init: Failed to spawn console-setup main process: unable to execute: No such ...
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How to cancel holding of a package

I got a MID based on ubuntu os.The version if its software is pretty old.So I decide to upgrade the system.But apt-get upgrade does not work,it appears packages are prevented from upgrade.I can I ...
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Why do some packages conflict with themselves?

After an upgrade to Oneiric I have had some troubles with the package manager (it wanted to remove half of my system, including libc6, zlib1g packages etc). During the fight with aptitude I've noticed ...
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How to install synaptics clickpad patch?

I'm affected by this bug, which means my ClickPad is not working properly. The bug-description says, there are patches for this, which can be found here. But when I download the newest version of ...
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Installing a 10.10 package on a 10.04 LTS

While trying to install rubygems 1.3.7 from the Maverick repository (Lucis has 1.3.5) I am getting the following error: Error: Breaks existing package 'rubygems' dependency rubygems1.8 (= ...
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I cannot install any packages from terminal or software centre. Please help!

Whenever i try to install software from software centre, it says package dependencies cannot be resolved. I have tried restarting, sudo apt-get update/upgrade/clean. I am very new to ubuntu, and 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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rails & libpq-dev nasty dependencies

I don't know if this question belongs here, but I'll take a shot. Hi. I'm running ubuntu 11.10 dual-boot with windows vista on my machine. On Ubuntu, I've installed RVM, rails gem, & PostgreSQL ...
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How do I manually install tasks presented to me in the installer?

Recently I installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server and I messed up and didnt select ssh, dns, lamp and tomcat as things that I wanted to install, it is now done with the install process and how do now ...
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How do I find if a package is installed by default for each Ubuntu release? [duplicate]

I know how to check if a package is installed and if its available for install but I cannot find any list of packages that are installed with a release from Ubuntu. Sometimes I am trying to answer ...
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Installing software that is unavailable in standard repositories [decision tree]

What are the general steps I want to take to get a program installed on Ubuntu when the program has not been made into a package, or I need an updated software version from what would normally be ...
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Virtual box : Issue connecting to security.ubuntu.com

I have Windows 7 as host system, and installed Ubuntu 11.10 as guest. I'm using the latest version of VirtualBox. The networking works fine, as installation completed correctly and I can browse web ...
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'E: Unresolved dependencies.' when trying to install new packages

I have installed Lazarus IDE downloaded from the website, not from Ubuntu Software Manager. I couldn't install it from USC so I downloaded it. But after I installed it using sudo dpkg -i *.deb ...
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How is Ubuntu more updated than Debian?

I am reading Debian vs. Ubuntu vs. Linux Mint: Which Distribution Should You Use? Ubuntu, on the other hand, is made to include a good combination of new and stable ... Some packages can be used ...
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Can I purge configuration files after I've removed the package?

I was doing a package removal with apt-get remove but then realized I should have done a --purge along with it to remove the configuration files. Can I remove the packages configuration files easily ...
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How can I install a package in Gnu Octave?

How can I install a package in Gnu Octave? I have tried, for example, with the splines-package after downloading it in my home directory with: Octave1>> pkg install splines-1.0.7.tar.gz I get ...
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How to update ubuntu's python with latest version from source?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10. The python 2.7.2 provided has a bug that has been corrected in the latest 2.7.2 sources from the python repository. What is the recommended way to replace the ubuntu provided ...
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Can not install gnome-shell

I have a problem installing gnome-shell. When I run sudo apt-get install gnome-shell, it says: gnome-shell : Depends: libgnome-keyring0 (>= 3.2.2-2~) but 3.2.0-0ubuntu1 is to be installed ...
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Why apt-get purge wants to install packages while I use --no-download and --no-install-recommends?

I am using Debian but I think this can be easily posted here. I have already uninstalled openoffice packages from my Debian machine but somehow apt-get put abiword in his place. Now I would like to ...
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Install packages from newer release without building (apt pinning)

I need these packages with the latest upstream version backported for ubuntu/natty libccid_1.4.5-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb libpcsclite1_1.8.1-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb libpcsclite-dev_1.8.1-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb ...
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Can I remove some packages with one command?

I want to remove all apache packages from my system (as I am transitioning to lighttpd). I have these installed : monkey@debVirtual:/etc/php5dpkg --get-selections | grep apachee] apache2-doc ...
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How to count the number of source packages

I'm comparing Ubuntu to other distributions for a number of factors, and for one factor I need the number of source packages, which is probably a better indicator than the total number of packages a ...
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sudo apt-get upgrade fails due to shared-mime-info.postinst error

On my server I am getting following issue. sudo apt-get update work successfully but sudo apt-get upgrade fails with following error. Please help me to solve this issue. administrator@myserver:~$ ...
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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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Untrusted Package Errors, After installing Security Tools

I installed all of security tools provided from the ubuntu.com and some others listed in other websites. Then i added backtrack repositories to update them. And used update manager to update the ...
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Why fixing broken packages / installation in Ubuntu 11.10 takes very long time for Java6?

Sometime back, I was installing Java JDK and JRE as: sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk sun-java6-jre Due to some problems, the installation stopped and it remained broken. As we know, one cannot ...
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can't download from ubuntu software center [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cannot install any software from the Software Center due to ttf-mscorefonts-installer package error I'm a linux first timer. The first few days everything was running ...
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How do I unlock “/var/lib/apt/lists/”? [duplicate]

I was installing an item using package manager when it froze. I used Alt + F2 to close it. Afterwards, whenever I try to install anything via apt-get, the terminal reads: E: Could not get lock ...
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Script to only execute during first install of a package

I recently started packaging up some of my software and publishing it on Launchpad. The installation and removal works fine, but upgrading the package form one version to the next version is ...
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Restoring all data and dependencies from dpkg --set-selections '*'

So I can run on one machine: dpkg --get-selections '*' > selection.txt On another machine: dpkg --set-selections < selection.txt ... followed by either of the following: aptitude install ...
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“Package dependencies cannot be resolved” error when installing software

Iam getting a problem while install media player packages. Package dependencies cannot be resolved This error could be caused by required additional software packages which are missing or not ...
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Packages having unmet dependencies: Broken Packages

When I try to install postgresql i get the following error: sudo apt-get install postgresql-client Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible ...
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How is installing from a repository different from installing via downloading a .deb file?

I am new to Ubuntu. How is installing software from a repository different from downloading the .deb file from a website and installing through the package manager?
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dependency errors after installing hedgewars

I was installing Hedgewars game on my Ubuntu and then something happened. I don't remember. All I know is I can't remove or install anything. There is a red icon and when I click it it says Broken ...
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How to clone an Ubuntu server install?

I have a VPS with MediaTemple and would like to clone the base-system OS that they install, I have got a full packages list that is installed by default here: ...
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Package 'vim' has no installation candidate [duplicate]

I installed ubuntu inside windows 7 using VMware. I wanted to execute a c program in ubuntu. when I tried I got like this, b@ubuntu:~/examples$ vim a.c The program 'vim' can be found in the ...
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Can I reset everything to its factory default settings?

I have got many problems on my dual-boot ubuntu 11.10. Unity interface always changes from 3D to 2D automatically, when I try to create login password it does not accept my root password, the look of ...
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How can I get copies of default config files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I restore configuration files? Is there an easy way to get default configuration files of a given Ubuntu version? For example where to get the default ...
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How to install LaTeX package called “standalone” properly so I can get update with Synaptic package manager?

How to install LaTeX package called "standalone" properly so I can get update with Synaptic package manager? I know I can manually download the file and install it.
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Why ubuntu sources are different to the originals?

When I do: wget ftp://ftp.openbsd.com/pub/OpenBSD/OpenSSH/portable/openssh-5.8p1.tar.gz wget ftp://ftp.openbsd.com/pub/OpenBSD/OpenSSH/portable/openssh-5.8p1.tar.gz.asc gpg openssh-5.8p1.tar.gz.asc ...
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How can I analyze this debian package before installing it?

I'm looking at the debian package here: http://repo2.maven.org/maven2/org/mortbay/jetty/dist/jetty-deb/8.1.0.v20120127/ Before installing it, I'm curious how much information I can get just by ...
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How to install Python package pyzmq properly?

How to install Python paackage pyzmq properly? I searched in Synapic package manager in vain.