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Security updates for the universe repository for LTS releases?

What happens if there is a security problem in a package in the universe repository four years after the 12.04 LTS release; will the package be updated from upstream, patched, or left alone? It's my ...
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How do I update Ubuntu packages from source?

I'd like to create an updated version of the network-manager-openconnect package in Ubuntu. Apparantely I need to get the latest package source: bzr branch ...
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How to record any internal sound in and out using Ubuntu and Audacity

How to record any internal sound like mic in and speaker out from same PC running Ubuntu using Audacity or something else? For example under Windows someone does like this: (i want to do the ...
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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 packages add support for different VPN types to Network Manager?

What VPN types does Network Manager support, and what packages do I specifically need to install to allow the support of those VPN protocols?
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Install packages without root permissions

Would it be possible to install packages without admin rights(sudo?) on Ubuntu? It doesn't have to be system-wide, maybe a private installation within /home. I want this because I'd like to setup my ...
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How to know the package name in apt-get install <packageName>? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I find packages to install via apt-get We use this command to install packages on our system... Common Syntax: sudo apt-get install <packageName> For ...
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Updates don't install because of “untrusted packages” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Update Error : Require Installation Of Untrusted Packages I have "darktable + extras" installed (I added their ppa repository to the sources manually). The extras ...
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Will a package I compile myself perform better than installing from the repositories?

Does a package performance is different when it's compiled from sources, or installed from repository ? Is it possible, what during the compilation, the package will be "more adapted" (performance, ...
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How do I locate and remove Broken Packages that I have installed?

I was browsing some questions here to find a solution to locating and removing broken packages. Being a relative novice I installed some PPAs designed for 11.10 on my 12.04 LTS machine. In terminal ...
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How do I install a package with aptitude?

I've looked at an aptitude tutorial and read the man page, but I just don't get it. After you launch aptitude, how do you say "install package foo"? Or search for all packages with "foo" in their ...
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Where can I find Vagrant packages?

Vagrant is a tool to build and manage virtual machines for developers. It has a getting started on Ubuntu guide that contains iffy-looking suggestions like $ sudo ln -s /usr/bin/ruby1.8 ...
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Why do many GNOME application packages depend on `libunity9`?

When investigating this question, I discovered that many GNOME applications' packages depend on the libunity9 package. If I try to uninstall libunity9 on Precise, it tries to uninstall lots of ...
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How to create deb installer from tarballs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Simplest Debian Packaging Guide? there are several tarballs (e.g. Firefox, Eclipse, Zend Studio and ...) that have executable file within, that easily we can extract ...
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How do I install VMware Player (from a .bundle file)?

I downloaded VMware Player 5.0.1, it comes in a file with .bundle extension. How do I install it?
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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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How do I download old unsupported packages such as Kernel headers?

I am using the now unsupported Jaunty. However, I'm also running an older unsupported kernel which I wish to programme. i'm trying to make new system calls in kernel 2.6.21 and one of the new system ...
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How do I rebuild a package to include debugging information?

I want to rebuild a package to include debugging symbols, how would I do that? There is no -dbg package available and also no -dbgsym package from the ddebs repository.
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Not enough space in /var/cache/apt/archives/

I had yesterday problem to install a package called ckan, and then I had some buggs. In fact, it was solved because odf the following : The doc ...
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Where do apt-get packages get stored?

As time goes by we tend to do apt-get install and add or replace software. Are these archived in some form or do they get auto-cleared after installation? And if it doesn't get auto-cleared, it would ...
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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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How to install one GUI program on Ubuntu Server?

I am using Ubuntu Server 10.10 in a VirtualBox. I need to install a single GUI program (RubyMine) on it. I checked out installing ubuntu-desktop with apt-get, and it wants me to install 430 new ...
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What does dsfg as a part of package names mean?

I know the general format for package names in Debian and Ubuntu. Some packages have additions to the standard numbering scheme with obvious meaning like svn20090426 etc. But also quite a few packages ...
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What are -dbg packages for?

1- What are -dbg packages really for? 2- Is it a good/bad idea to install them for, at least, my preferred applications/packages? 3- Does installing them for my preferred applications/packages helps ...
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How do I get the bleeding edge Chromium?

The following versions of Chromium are available at the moment : Chromium Stable PPA (13.0.782.218) Chromium Beta PPA (14.0.835.126) Ubuntu Repo (14.0.835.202) Chromium Dev PPA (15.0.865.0) Chromium ...
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Where can I find a complete list of packages that I have installed after initial installation?

I want to save the list of packages that have installed. I figured it might be the best to list all and diff it with the default set. Edit: Clarification: I don't want to get the list of installed ...
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Can I get portable applications for Ubuntu?

I dont want to use internet everytime to install common application like vlc, etc.. Is there a site for portable apps for ubuntu ?
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Booting to gnome by default

I'm currently playing with virtualbox and just installed ubuntu-minimal. I then proceeded to install gnome-core. After reinstalling, I rebooted but I'm taken back to the CLI. How do I load gnome when ...
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Where is the “pysdm” package?

I am new to Ubuntu. I have some old hardware lying around so I decided to build a backup/storage device. I am trying to follow this lifehacker article. It asks me to open a terminal and run sudo ...
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Where is the man page for “pthread_mutex_lock”?

I can't find the manual for pthread_mutex_lock with man pthread_mutex_lock, is that something wrong with manpages-dev ? I got that package installed, but missing some manual. Should I fire a bug to ...
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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 can you suggest the addition of a new package?

This bug has had a solution proposed in comment 4 which involves the addition of a new package to the system. How would I bring this to the attention of the developers?
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Install package with dependencies offline

Right now I have 2 computers: Has connection to the internet and has installed package A. Doesn't have connection to the WEB. On this PC I need to install package A. I decided to download all ...
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How to install ktechlab?

How to install ktechlab in Ubuntu 11.10?
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How to upgrade a particular package dependencies only?

Let's say I have a package A which has Depends: B (>= 1.0.0) in its control file. The B was installed as an A dependency some time ago with 1.0.0 version. Now B was updated in the repository to ...
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How to install OpenJUMP?

I'm trying to install OpenJUMP in Ubuntu 12.04. They mentioned that it can be installed and run on Linux: From the bin directory, run the starter for your operating system Linux oj_linux.sh ...
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Is there a package for an executable version of v8?

I'm trying to get Vim JS lint plugin working under Ubuntu 12.04. The plugin requires the d8 command, which is an executable version of Google's v8 JavaScript Engine. I do see a libv8 package, but ...
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Why is this item showing up in the Software Center when it doesn't exist?

Here is an item in the Software Center: Here is what happens when I click "More Info": Why is it showing up if it doesn't exist?
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Is there a way to download updates differentially rather than via .deb files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When will Ubuntu include delta updates? In the old days, you downloaded or installed packages from a CD, and then a year later you got the new version of your ...
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Why not all Linux packages/software come in .deb format? [closed]

A .deb package is very easy to install, just like .exe in Windows, simply double click and install via USC. I wonder why some developers choose formats like .tar.gz (it scares the hell out of me) ...
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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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Can I download a file from a package without installing it?

If I want, for example, /usr/share/doc/nvidia-96/README.txt.gz from nvidia-96, is there a way for me to download just this file?
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sudo apt-get install (google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb) is not working

I was told that sudo apt-get install (package.deb) installs the software with all the dependencies too. I am trying install Google Chrome, but when I do this step, it generates the following error: ...
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gzip is not working after the pipeline

For some reason gzip doesn't work. It gives me an empty file /usr/bin/mysqldump --opt -u root -ppassword database > database.sql | gzip > database.sql.gz database.sql is correctly created and ...
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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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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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How to install libraries?

When I was installing the application (tracker-0.10.24) I've got this message: Package requirements (glib-2.0 >= 2.26.0 gobject-2.0 >= 2.26.0 ...
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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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How can I find out what version of an application will be in 12.04?

Specifically, will LibreOffice version 3.5 be included in Pangolin (12.04)? but more generally - I don't know how to determine what software packages are present in various Ubuntu releases. Is ...
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ghc6 install trouble: hGetContents: invalid argument (invalid UTF-8 byte sequence)

Having trouble installing ghc6. Here's what seems to be the relevant error that comes up when I try to (apt-get|aptitude) install ghc6: A package failed to install. Trying to recover: Setting up ...