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

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Easiest way to package a directory of MATLAB scripts into a Launchpad PPA

I'm administering a small network of Ubuntu boxes for a series of measuring machines in a laboratory. These machines depend on a small directory of MATLAB scripts in /usr/local/MATLAB/... in order to ...
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Why is kauth gone from heimdal-clients, and is there something to replace it with?

I need to authorize with kerberos and I have always done that with kauth. Previously it have been included in the package heimdal-clients but since natty it has been removed (see ...
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How can I programatically determine which Ubuntu Versions are still supported?

I was writing a script and needed a list of all currently supported versions of Ubuntu. If any of you guys know of either a downloadable files which contains all versions with dates or a simple list ...
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Broken Software index, what do I do

I tried to install libboost and it failed. Now I'm getting the error that there are unmet dependencies and I cannot do anything involving upgrading or installing packages. I run sudo apt-get -f ...
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install nagios3 package on 11.04 [closed]

I recently installed nagios3 using synaptic on 11.04 and am having a hard time locating updated docs. Last time I installed nagios I did it manually, but the updated quickstart doc doesn't account for ...
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Error when installing nfs-kernel-server

I continue to get this error when trying to install following: root@127:/home/gordon# sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading ...
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How do I compile e-text-editor?

I've heard a lot of good things about e-text-editor. https://github.com/ajpalkovic/e I'm not an expert at compiling stuff so can anyone help me by showing me how compile it. Or can anyone compile it ...
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Virtualbox is not updating to Version 4.1. Why?

I use VirtualBox (not the OSE version) which I installed (following the instructions at www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads) using this repository: deb ...
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How to cleanly remove a badly installed .deb?

Whenever I try to use dpkg or apt-get, I get the warning: dpkg: warning: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/available' near line 12674 package 'jarnal': error in Version string 'build901': version number ...
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How can i fix some broken packages PyQt packages?

I'm trying to install PyQt but i've met some difficulties (i.e packages that won't be updated and stuff like that). I'm not very proficient with Ubuntu, so some help is needed. Here's the output i get ...
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How can I correctly install multiple non-package Distribute/virtualenv/pip ecosystems on Ubuntu?

I am developing Python applications in Ubuntu. I want to setup a Distribute/virtualenv/pip ecosystem to manage my Python packages independently of any system Python packages (which I manage in ...
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Should I install unsigned packages?

Yesterday when I tried to update packages, I received a message asking me if I want to install an unsigned package. I clicked no and stopped the update. Today I updated all packages without the ...
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How to properly remove packages

I would like to uninstall some packages, but I find that after I run the sudo apt-get remove <package-name> command I still have log files or other types of files running around. Is there a way ...
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Why are unmaintained packages still in the official software sources?

Par example: firestarter which isn't maintained for 4/5 years. easycrypt which is a gui for truecrypt, while truecrypt comes with a outstanding gui for several years now. ...
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Is there a binary package for php5-sqlite3 with fts3 enabled?

I would like to have PHP with SQlite with FTS3 extension enabled, as noted in Manual:SQLite - MediaWiki. I'm somewhat confused about FTS3 support in the default Ubuntu packages; from Bug #229003 ...
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Checking which options were passed to ./configure

Is it possible to find out which options of the ./configure script were used to create the Makefile?
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Listing files which will be installed by .deb

How can i list all the files (and their future locations) which will be installed by invoking 'dpkg -i' on a .deb file? Which makefile target of the source package determines those (is it the default ...
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Installing TortoiseHg: need higher Mercurial version

I'm using Ubuntu 11.04, and I'm trying to install TortoiseHg. I've applied the PPA from TortoiseHg's website, so that apt-get can actually find it. But whenever I type sudo apt-get tortoisehg, I get ...
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Can I Install Digikam without installing most of KDE?

I'd like to transition from F-Spot to Digikam because I fully believe it to be a better application for my needs, as somebody who takes and post-processes a lot of photos. The problem is... Well, I ...
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Is it possible to install a .deb from a URL?

Is there a way to install a deb package directly from a URL, using a shell? Something like dpkg -i http://domain.com/path/to/package.deb (I know I could use wget and then dpkg, I'm just wondering ...
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What should I do when the GETDEB repository is down?

I'm trying to install programs/files from the getdeb repo but get a "check your internet connection" error. Programs than I've tried include Qbittorrent and Mozilla-Plugin-VLC. Through the ...
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Packages installed within a certain time frame

Could someone please help me with how I can list the packages that were manually installed within a certain time frame. For instance, If I want to see a list of packages that were manually installed ...
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Why doesn't Mozilla release .deb and .rpm packages for their software?

I use and enjoy Firefox on my Ubuntu 10.04.2 laptop (although Firefox needs work for the Linux/Ubuntu version). Yet I realize that in comparison to other pieces of software that have an ...
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Will Thunderbird 5 appear in the official 11.04 repositories?

Now that Mozilla have adopted the same rapid release cycle for Thunderbird as they have for Firefox, will Thunderbird 5 appear in the official repositories like Firefox 5 did?
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Help! I broke apt-get with partial install of ubuntu-restricted-extras [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cannot install any software from the Software Center due to ttf-mscorefonts-installer package error I was trying to install ubuntu-restricted-extras from the command ...
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How do I update virtualenv?

I have installed python-virtualenv version 1.4.9 and the latest version is 1.6.1. How do I update to version 1.6.1. Do I have to uninstall version 1.4.9? If so, how do I uninstall it? (Crossposted ...
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Does Ubuntu ever push new versions of GCC into the package repository between releases?

Current version of GCC in Ubuntu 11.04 is 4.5.2. For certain C++0x features, I need GCC version 4.6, but would like to avoid compiling from source. Is there hope that Ubuntu will update GCC in the ...
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NetBeans IDE still on 6.9 version?

I wonder why NetBeans 6.9 is still in Software Center and is not replaced by 7.0? I mean, the new Firefox package is published within a few hours after release, why is the NetBeans package not ...
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How to get a list of preinstalled packages?

And I'd like to get this list directly and if possible from an external source (maybe repositories?). Almost all one-liners I have found didn't work for me. So I hope there is an indicator somewhere ...
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How to prevent an application from making an upgrade? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to forbid updating of a specific package? How to force an application to stay on the same current version? For instance, I don't want the application to ask for an ...
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How to install a package from a PPA and ignore the official one?

How do I tell aptitude to grab a package specifically from a PPA and ignore the one from official repository?
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Synaptic error: pkgProblemResolver [closed]

I have the following error E: Error, pkgProblemResolver:: Resolve generated breaks, this may be caused by held packages This happens when trying to install Kxstudio-kernel on Synaptic. I tryed ...
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“io: postinst-must-call-ldconfig” when creating a package

I'm trying to create an ubuntu .deb package for the (pretty awesome) Io Language. I am not the developer of that language, so I'm not familiar with its sourcecode yet. This is my first attempt at ...
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Download selected packages to a local repository

Actually I'm a bit new to Linux and I need to download some selected packages (debian ubuntu) to my local repository. So could you please help me to figure this out?
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How do I add the “proposed” repository?

I'm trying to either test a fix that's been proposed or I want to volunteer to test stable release updates before they are pushed out to general users, how can I enable the "proposed" repository?
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Get package description using apt

How do I get the prosaic description of a package using apt? I tried both apt-cache show and apt-cache showpkg but no luck. Using synaptic it's easy as typing the package name and the description is ...
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What's the difference between flashplugin-installer and adobe-flashplugin?

I usually installed flashplugin-installer and by chance noticed that in the partner repository the Flash entry says it's not installed. It also says the package flashplugin-installer will be removed ...
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Software Center disappeared and system settings does not work

I was cleaning up software in Software Center that I no longer use and after uninstalling one package the Software Center disappeared - as well as the System Configuration tools, how can I restore the ...
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How do I list the default installed packages?

I am developing a offline installer for ubuntu all version. I need ubuntu's default installed packages list. We can get installed packages list by command in ubuntu dpkg --get-selected But is there ...
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Add a repository, but hold updates of an individual package

I am adding the elementary-desktop ppa (https://launchpad.net/~elementaryart/+archive/elementarydesktop) because it keeps track of the latest updates for several applications I use. However, I do not ...
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dpkg: error processing ttf-droid (--remove) [closed]

I have been installing various applications on my Ubuntu 10.10 laptop and I've been noticing a common theme. There is always an error in the terminal at the end of the install and it is as follows: ...
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After apt-mirror

I'm downloading packages with sudo apt-mirror. What should I do next to set packages being installed from the downloaded packages? I can't even see where are the packages downloaded by default. I ...
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Download all ubuntu packages [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I install software offline? I will be using Ubuntu on a computer without internet connection. Is it possible to download from some place all (or most of the) ...
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How to install gfortran?

I installed sage on ubuntu but nothing on the command line executes. The relevant portion in the long error message is: ImportError: libgfortran.so.3: cannot open shared object file: No such file or ...
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TeX Live 2010 or 2011 in 11.10?

Will Ubuntu 11.10 ship with TeX Live 2010 or 2011? It seems Debian will package TeX Live 2011 and TeX Live 2011 has now been released. See also: needs-packaging request on launchpad.
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What are the common file extensions in Ubuntu?

Knowing file extensions really helps to understand what a program is doing or using. What are some common one's and how do I extract them?
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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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Is it possible to automatically nofity for update of manually installed packages?

If having installed some packages downloaded from website , I was wondering if it is possible to have auto notification when its update is available, just as those packages in Ubuntu repositories. ...
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Why is this package not shown in Synaptic Package Manager

I was wondering why this package is not found in Synaptic Package Manager: http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/maverick/man1/any2djvu.1.html, while it is shown in http://manpages.ubuntu.com/. My OS ...
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How to get to know the information about a package before installation in terminal

I was wondering how to get the information about a package in terminal, before installation with apt-get install so that I can decide whether to install it, based on the description. Thanks and ...