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

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What is the difference between deb packages and tar balls ? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each?

I don't know about tar balls. Most packages are available in the tar ball forms but Ubuntu packages are Debian packages. What is the difference between deb packages and tar balls ? What are the ...
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Why does Updating force the user to download complete cache packages

Most of the time when I update my system, Update Manager downloads whole packages from the list. Even if the package only changes in a few lines. What I mean is, for a 4MB package that has only for ...
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How to test if package is installed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I check if a package is installed (no superuser privileges) I want a shell script method to test/report if a package is installed. I don't need details, only a ...
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How do I resolve unmet dependencies after adding a PPA?

Occasionally, when I'm installing stuff, I get an error like the following: Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are using the ...
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Do Not Uninstall Flag on Apt?

Does the Debian/Ubuntu package infrastructure has some way of marking packages so that they never get uninstalled, no matter the pinning of other packages? My problem is that, sometimes, packages ...
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How to list all dependency problems?

Like being able to filter broken packages in synaptic, is there a way to list (CLI or GUI) all dependency problems? Or would dependency issues show up as broken? I'm confused because each time I ...
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Trouble installing gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme, dependency/PPA conflict?

I installed gnome tweak tool, and am trying to set up custom themes and whatnot. So, trying to install gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme. me@computer:~$ sudo apt-get install ...
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Cross compile packages, question regarding armhf dependencies

I'm attempting to cross compile a couple Ubuntu Precise Packages, My current arch is amd64 my target is armhf. I have the correct cross compile GCC toolchain installed, I have correctly utilized the ...
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Equivalent of http://packages.ubuntu.com for partner, security and extras repositories

http://packages.ubuntu.com is an amazing website for finding information about packages. I can see how a given package evolved in each release, can compare differences (from Maverick to Precise, for ...
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How to downgrade WINE?

Some Windows applications work better under an older version of WINE. From time to time it is even necessary to use a previous WINE version in order to get an application to start. However, the ...
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Unable to install any updates through update manager/apt-get upgrade

I have been running Ubuntu 12.04 for the past few weeks. I recently tried to download and install some files through the Update Manager. It located a few files, downloaded them, but then failed to ...
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libapache2-redirtoservname package in precise?

I am not able to find the package libapache2-redirtoservname in precise or oneiric. Was it removed for some reason, and is there a way to get it? Thank you.
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Ubuntu package for alloy analyzer?

So I'm experimenting with Ubuntu 12.04 after using ArchLinux for the last 2 years or so. I'm looking for an Ubuntu package for Alloy Analyzer and can't seem to find one. I've a hard time believing ...
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How to install chemfig through apt-get

I'm doing some LaTeX and I need the chemfig package. As usual, I type the package name in synaptic but this time nothing matches the search. Does anyone know how to install it ? Is it possible ...
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Why does apt think it needs this extra dependency?

I'm working on some machine setup instructions, and I was surprised to find out that apt-get install A B can behave differently than apt-get install A && apt-get install B. My specific ...
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Why can't I log in after unistalling Python 2.7 and installing Python 3?

I uninstalled the Python 2.7 package to try and upgrade to Python 3. I uninstalled Python 2.7, and noticed some of my launcher items were completely gone. At this point I had installed Python 3. Now ...
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Multiple identical items in software sources other software [duplicate]

After upgrading to 12.04 Gnome Classic amd64, I have multiple duplicate items, three each of "Conical Partners-software packaged by Canonical for their partners" and "Conical Partners-software ...
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How can I set up aptitude-curses so that it doesn't automatically select *recommended* packages?

When I select a package for installation using aptitude-curses, sometimes a huge list of extra packages appear selected under "Packages being automatically installed to satisfy dependencies". When I ...
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How to Downgrade a Package via apt-get?

How to downgrade a package to an older version via apt-get?! Another tools are also accepted but apt-get is preferred.
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Why is there no oprofile in 12.04?

I've upgraded a ubuntu server from 11.10 to 12.04. The oprofile package i installed is missed. As shown in https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/+source/oprofile/0.9.6-1.3ubuntu1, oprofile seems to ...
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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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Can't install libssl-dev, dependency problem

I'm trying to install the package libssl-dev, but I get the following error: libssl-dev: Depends: libssl1.0.0 (= 1.0.1-4ubuntu3) but 1.0.1-4ubuntu5 is to be installed the package libssl1.0.0 is ...
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How to make package manager recognize libs that were compiled manually?

I had to compile OpenCV 2.4 on my machine. How to make applications installed from synaptic do not ask to install OpenCV 2.3 libs dependencies (since 2.4 is already installed in the system)?
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What is the package name of the lock screen?

After reading a review of the Ubuntu Developer Summit which said that one of the proposed changes in 12.10 would be to use LightDM as the lock screen: LightDM will be implemented as the ...
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Emacs, which to use?

There seem to be the following versions: emacs23, emacs23-nox, e3, emacs23-lucid, and jove, as choices to download. Where can I find out what the differences are?
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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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Can Synaptic sort packages by time?

I know Software Center can do this (in the "History" section), but I've yet to find a filter/column in Synaptic that will sort the packages by the time they were installed/removed. I could really use ...
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What's the difference between KDE packages?

So I'm going to install KDE in Precise. I found that there wasn't an entry for Plasma Desktop (only KDE apps) in the software center, so I fired up Synaptic to look for the packages. However, now I'm ...
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Installing packages from an .iso file

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a desktop system and I have an .iso file of Edubuntu 12.04, can I install Edubuntu packages in Ubuntu 12.04 from Edubuntu's iso file? That desktop system has no ...
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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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Why do so many GNOME packages depend on evolution-data-server?

I was notified of some updates today, but when I looked at the list I saw that they were all about evolution-data-server and evolution-data-server-common. My first thought was that "I don't use ...
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The new EA games cannot be found in the Software Center

Well, I want to install the two EA games that arrived in the software Center recently. But these packages seem to be missing as in the following picture: I've tried to update the sources, and ...
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What's the meaning of “action flag” of a package?

Suppose the flag of a package is "pi". I learnt that the "i" stands for "i - the package will be installed." What's the meaning of "will be installed", please?
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How do I find out which software/packages are installed from the date of installation of ubuntu?

I am about to uninstall Ubuntu entirely and reinstall a fresh copy. Before I do that I want to make a list of software/package that I have installed so far. Any way to list out? Update: The answer ...
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When was a package installed?

You know the problem: "I didn't change anything" But now, it's broken. Is there a way to see when some package was installed or a list of all packages sorted by time?
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How do I remove or uninstall Deluge?

I upgraded to 12.04 and Deluge broke. I want to remove it and then add it again. How do I remove Deluge? Tried: Searching the Ubuntu Software Centre Failed: The button reads "Install" (but it's ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 - How can i install xserver-xorg-input-evtouch? apt-cache search do not show up

I have Elo touch screen, where i have been trying for long long time, which is failing. I now figure out that i have to use xserver-xorg-input-evtouch, which is the only one worked for many others. ...
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How to detect unsupported packages?

I upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04LTS. I choose Ubuntu to have a secure system for 5 years. Unfortunately I don't wrote down all packages which get no longer updates from canonical like defoma. So I wonder ...
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Upgraded to 12.04 before updating 11.10

I believe I'm the only person that did that. I've read that I must update my 11.10 before upgrading. Then the next morning I just opened the update-manager and upgraded to 12.04. I forgot all about ...
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ubuntu-restricted-extras wants to remove over 200 packages. Could this harm the system?

Has anybody installed ubuntu-restricted-extras yet? (You need this for example to encode mp3). When I try to install that, it wants to remove the following packages: # aptitude install ...
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recreate list of installed packages from mounted HD 11.10 into 12.04? [duplicate]

I want to recreate the list of installed packages I had in my 11.10 installation into my new 12.04 one. I updated to 12.04 at the same time I bought a new HD, so I can mount the old HD where the old ...
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Uninstall broken package

Times ago I have installed Linux Mint stuff on my Ubuntu 11.10 (now 12.04). I accidentally removed some files manually (they were under /usr/share). Now it is impossible to remove the related deb ...
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how to get packages from ubuntu ultimate edition ISO? [closed]

I have an Ubuntu Ultimate Edition 3.0 ISO,How to Extract Packages from that ISO? It contains no /Pool Directory A Casper Folder Containing a Squashfs File :( I need Wine& Java Packages from it :( ...
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GNU Smalltalk package [closed]

I've installed the GNU Smalltalk package and can get to the SmallTalk command line with the command 'gst'. However, I can't start the visual gst browser using the command: $ gst-browser When I ...
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MySQL server stopped working after upgrade [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Fixing broken myslq-server package after upgrade to 12.04 I upgraded to 12.04 and my MySQL server just stopped working. It throws: ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to ...
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How I can delete specific Applicatios/Packages without their dependencies ? Is it possible?

I want to delete Akondaitray which comes with K3B installation. How can I do that ? When I try to remove Akondaitray, Synaptic shows it is gonna remove all KDE applications. Is it really possible to ...
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Dependency resolution problem: libgnome-keyring0

I'm trying to install ia32-libs on Precise (it's a dependency of CrossOverPro which is actually what I'm trying to achieve, but I don't think that's relevant). That package won't install, and tracing ...
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Java packaging and uploading to a PPA in Launchpad

I have a java application (created as a class) and I want to know how I can (or should I even) convert it to .deb format and then how to upload it to a Launchpad PPA so that everyone could install it? ...
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Where is Wine-1.5 installed?

I installed Wine-1.5 with these commands in the terminal >> sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install wine1.5 After it downloaded some files, ...
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Updating Packages on Ubuntu Alternate CD

Is there any way to update the packages on an Ubuntu install CD? I have a customized alternate install CD (to automatically install Ubuntu and set it up for me), and I would like to update all the ...