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

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/usr/bin/make overwritten accidentally

I am extremely new to Ubuntu and Linux in general. I accidentally replaced /usr/bin/make with another executable and now I need to fix this. Any help will be highly appreciated.
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How to configure Software Center to work with HTTP proxy?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS using the Windows installer (Wubi) yesterday. And then I tried to install Chrome, Flash player, etc., but nothing worked. Then I tried installing some random package using ...
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What is “Manual Package Selection” in Ubuntu Server?

What does choosing "Manual Package Selection" allow me to do, versus choosing one of the other options?
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How often should I update my system?

I just installed ubuntu and ran an update a few days ago. I am now seeing 400 some odd packages eligible for update in the notifications, and I am starting to be concerned about system bloat. Does ...
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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 download a corrupted package again?

Ubuntu 12.04 can't install Firefox 13 update, because the package is corrupted. While attempting to install, returns this error (I translated it from my language to English). ...
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Ubuntu hangs on booting up after a update

I've made a clean install yesterday, for the first time restarted, everything went good and then after I updated packages and copied my old home directory to replace the new one, when I restarted it ...
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How to resolve - dpkg error : old pre-removal script returned error exit status 102

I am unable to install or remove a package on my Ubuntu 10.04 due to the following error. $ sudo apt-get autoremove Password: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading ...
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Requesting new packages for inclusion on the CD

There's a process for requesting new packages be added to the archives, but I can't seem to find one that details how to request new packages be added to the CD. How would I go about requesting this?
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Which of VLC's dependencies causes sound device detection?

I am setting up a headless music server based on the minimal Ubuntu image. After having installed the packages openssh-server,pulseaudio, libmad0,flac,libogg0,libid3tag0,libvorbis0a,ffmpeg, ...
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Flash removal and installation issue [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I fix Flash issues? I'm having this issue trying to uninstall and/or upgrade the Adobe flash player plug-in. Here's what I've ran through the terminal: $ sudo ...
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How to fix “Package is in a very bad inconsistent state” error?

I can't update my system because it freezes while installing a third-party update (zramswap-enabler)! Sometimes I get the following message in Update manager: Could not initialize the package ...
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How do I enable the “Universe” repository?

How do I get to Universe Repository of Ubuntu software as mentioned in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS? I am installing 12.04 Ubuntu. Please help.
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'SDL_OpenAudio failed: No available audio device' while starting Psychonauts

Psychonauts fails to start on Ubuntu 12.04 x64 with the error SDL_OpenAudio failed: No available audio device What do I need to do to start the game?
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How to select installing packages via DVD while installing Ubuntu?

I am new to Ubuntu (or Linux). I have just started to get acquainted with Fedora and now I want to switch to Ubuntu. I was wondering if I install via DVD, will all the packages (including ...
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How to install python-igraph?

I am following these instructions to install python-igraph. Adding PPA words and update works. But the install complains of the following: Couldn't find any package whose name or description ...
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Why was mysql-cluster removed from 12.04 and how can I install it?

I was hoping to get a MySQL cluster up and running on 12.04, but for some reason, the package is marked deleted, and there is no alternative. I also trying searching for the ndb_mgm command, and there ...
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How can I find Boost version?

I just want to know how I can find the version of boost installed in my ubuntu 12.04? I am having trouble with the current precise and thinking of reverting back to 8.04. What is the boost version in ...
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dpkg reports error on package icaclient

I installed the icaclient (it's a client for Citrix) a while back. I don't exactly remember what I did to get it working but it was enervating. I had to install some old packages not even avaiable for ...
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How to save downloaded software?

I am totally new to Ubuntu and my Internet connection is slow. Because of that, I can't afford to download software twice. When I install Ubuntu again for some reason, I want to know how to save the ...
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Why run sudo apt-get update before installing a package? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does “sudo apt-get update” do? Why do we have to run sudo apt-get update before I can run sudo apt-get install package? I found this very annoying when I am ...
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How do I upgrade to the latest Java 7 while not losing my existing Java dependencies and add-ons?

$ uname -a Linux X51 3.0.0-12-generic #20-Ubuntu SMP Fri Oct 7 14:56:25 UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux $ java -version java version "1.6.0_23" OpenJDK Runtime Environment (IcedTea6 1.11pre) ...
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List of bought applications in Ubuntu Software Center or login.ubuntu.com

I am trying to google out where can I find list of applications that I have bought in Ubuntu Software Center or login.ubuntu.com or some other place. is there a way to track them somehow? Thanks for ...
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Choosing between Lucid and Squeeze packages?

When one has the possibility of choosing to install a given package either from a Debian Squeeze or Ubuntu Lucid repository on Ubuntu 12.04, which repository should one choose? For example, WANDisco ...
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Is there a native Picasa version for Linux? How can I install it?

How can I install Google Picasa 3.9 or whatever the latest version is. I don't want the Wine version, I want the native Linux version. I'm trying to avoid using programs via Wine because it is very ...
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How to create a deb package that installs a series of files

I would like to create a brand new deb package to install series of files. If at all possible, I would like to untar the folder containing these files as part of the installation into a known folder ...
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How do I install KDE and retain LightDM as a login manager?

I want to install KDE in my Ubuntu 12.04 . I am using LightDM. So how can I fully install KDE? I do not want to remove LightDM. I want KDE but without any confliction with it.
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Why is Vim no longer installed in 12.04 desktops and is there a better alternative?

What are the reasons and alternatives to the removal of Vim from a default Ubuntu installation since Oneiric 11.10?
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what packages to uninstall for better security?

I have read a recommendation which was stating that after installing one should remove some packages from the default Ubuntu installation, in order to have a more secure server. What are your ...
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Ubuntu server-sysadmin package-managment docs: best to read Debian's docs? Any Ubuntu-specific?

Where's the authoritative, canonical (no pun intended) Ubuntu software-package-management ("pkg-man" for short) docs, references? Similarly, where would one point a newbie sysadmin to canonical ...
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How to get Package List with Security and bugfix details?

I am new Ubuntu User and I liked it most. In RHEL after installing yum-security package, we can get list of updates like this # yum list-security Sample Outputs: Loaded plugins: rhnplugin, ...
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Recover “ps” command

I found myself in a situation where I need to reinstall the ps binary. I accidentally copied the binary to another location and immediately deleted it. The binary is no longer in the bin directory. I ...
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install package via yum found on apt-cache but not yum search

I have this library on machine X that manages packages via apt: libmemcached-dev - Development files for libmemcached And I want it on machine Y that uses yum. yum search libmemcached-dev fails. ...
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I can't check for updates [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I fix a 404 Error using a PPA? After I installed some updates I restarted my computer. Some days later I wanted to check for updates because the ...
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How do I make Ubuntu use only free software?

During the install, there is an option to make Ubuntu use only free software. Is there a way to toggle this option now that it is installed? Thanks.
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Ubuntu Upgrade breaks firefox

I upgraded ubuntu, but the upgrade broke firefox, adobe flash plugin and corrupted the package database. I ran the suggested catalog repair, no change. I ran apt-get -f install, no change. I ran apt ...
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How to file a bug report for a specific Ubuntu release?

I imagine if I want a package updated in an LTS, such as 12.04, it has be for a very good reason. The actual package I am interested in is picolisp: It has a (probably also affecting security!) bug ...
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How do I install libqt4.7.4?

I need to use libqt4.7.4 (or .3) on the latest build of Ubuntu. Is there any easy way to revert to that version. Will it break anything? sudo apt-get install qt4-dev-tools=4.7.4 errors with 'Version ...
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Used purge command to remove java, it removed a lot more than java

I used this purge command sudo apt-get purge openjdk7*, however this uninstalled a lot of the software and my me menu has vanished. Every time I install something there is a huge list of packages the ...
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How to backup programs without using apt cache?

Is there any way to backup installed software, install a fresh Ubuntu system, and restore the software on the newly installed system, without an Internet connection? I already cleared my apt cache.
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Which is the best method to install/uninstall apps in Ubuntu?

While apps can be installed with the apt-get command, Synaptic Package Manager or Ubuntu Software Centre, can anybody throw some light on which is the best method? I recently installed kubuntu-desktop ...
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“Failed to load the package list”

When attempting to remove, install or update software through the Ubuntu Software Center, I came upon an error like this... Failed to load the package list This is a serious problem. Try ...
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How to prevent Ubuntu/XUbuntu from automounting repositories from Ubuntu CDs?

Whenever I insert an Ubuntu/XUbuntu CD into my XUbuntu PC the system recognizes it as a package repository. I dislike this behaviour as it is generally useless (except for those people having no ...
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Packages (gstreamer, etc.) cause Broken Cache

When installing "Teamviewerx64", a package error occurs. Output of the error: Title: Package operation failed In a nutshell: The installation or removal of a software package failed. Details: ...
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Why can I install only one software at a time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why the software center doesn't allow multiple downloads? I have seen that in Ubuntu Software Center or even when sudo apt-get install is issued,only one package ...
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VLC and all main Ubuntu sofwares are unauthenticated

Then how I'll install all these software including VLC and Mplayer in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.?
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Errors when attempting to install vim on Ubuntu 12.04

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 in my computer few days back. from then i tried to install few programs through Ubuntu software center but it showed that no internet connection even though i was ...
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How do I check a package is safe/stable?

I have recently moved from doing web development on a from-home basis (with simple Wordpress edits and such) to more of a full time position. This means I am now, to a small degree, dealing with ...
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Installtion failed a .deb Package [closed]

I try to install a .deb package with terminal use sudo dpkg -i *.deb but show this error dpkg: error processing Pydict.deb (--install): parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/tmp.ci/control' near ...
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How to resolve “Failed to download repository information”?

Whenever I try to install anything with the Ubuntu Software Center, the following error appears. Failed to download repository information Check your Internet connection. E:Unable to ...