Graphical front-end to apt, the package management system in Ubuntu.

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Command-line equivalences of some tasks in Synaptic

I already use apt-get for most of my package management. Yet, there are times when I occasionally need to use Synaptic to do certain things. I would like to learn the equivalent commands for doing the ...
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apt-get vs. aptitude .vs synaptic compatibility

I had been a Debian user for almost 3 years... but memories have gone really fuzzy... I "kind of" remember that I should only use one of the package managers... Either apt-get, aptitude, or synaptic, ...
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How to find and delete duplicated sources list entries? [duplicate]

Is there a command line to find and delete duplicated entries in the /etc/apt/sources.list file? or is this possible via synaptic perhaps?
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Synaptic Package Manager keeps crashing

Synaptic keeps crashing. When I open it, it asks for the sudo password. I give the password, then the synaptic window flashes for less than a second and then goes away. What's wrong? After seeing ...
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How can I install a package without installing its dependencies?

I'm trying to install Alacarte and the dependencies are huge, basically all of GNOME. I know that they are unnecessary. Is there an option in Synaptic or an apt-get flag for this?
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Assign highest priority to my local repository

Summary How can I make apt-get prefer local repository packages instead of downloading again the same package version from official repositories? The local repository is signed and trusted. We've ...
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How to list packages of a repository section at the command line?

In Synaptic, one can list packages by section. For example, in the image below all packages of the "Amateur Radio (universe)" section are listed. How can I get such a list (edit: with package ...
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Possible problems in mixed use of apt-get, aptitude and synaptic

Even though aptitude and synaptic are both front-end to the APT (and I myself stick only with apt-get), peculiarities in each of the available dpkg/APT frontends seem to cause problems and confusions ...
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What is the difference between remove and completely remove in synaptic package manager?

I did not notice any difference between them. I was hoping "completely remove" will remove all hidden configuration files in the home directories, but it is not doing that. So, what actually is the ...
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Why don't applications opened as root use global menu?

Why do applications like synaptic (and other that need root privilege) have their menus in the window instead of top panel? Is it going to change or will it stay like that to indicate that user is on ...
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Fresh install of lubuntu synaptic is missing the search box in the tool bar

A complete new install of lubuntu 11.10 has synaptic 0.75.2ubuntu7. Previously when using synaptic on another system there was a search box in the tool bar where a search string could be entered which ...
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What is “the star” communicating in Synaptic?

A star sometimes appears next to things in the Synaptic list. What is the star there for? What is it telling me?
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What is the difference between Ubuntu Software Centre and Synaptic Package Manager? [duplicate]

I am transferring from 8.10 to 10.10. I was wondering what is the difference between Ubuntu Software Centre and Synaptic Package Manager in 10.10? For what kinds of things do I need to go which? ...
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What does this “Canonical does not provide updates…” mean in my package manager?

In both Synaptic Package Manager and Ubuntu Software Center, I sometimes see the following footnote. Canonical does not provide updates for deja-dup. Some updates may be provided by the Ubuntu ...
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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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What's the name of the program that tells you how many packages need to be updated?

what's the name of the program that tells you how many packages need to be updated when you log in? I have it on some machines but not on others. For example, it will say (from memory): 10 ...
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Why can't you have multiple instances of Synaptic?

I would just like to know the reason.
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Is it possible to accelerate downloads in Synaptic Manager?

In Terminal that is possible by using apt-fast (using Axel). But is it possible to put to work Axel and apt-fast in Synaptic Manager? I found this suggestion, but I would not attempt it without the ...
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Are ubuntu software center sources different from apt-get / synaptic?

I'm trying to download master-pdf-editor package from official repositories. All sites report that it's easy to do: just download it from ubuntu software center. I can't install the software center, ...
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How do I add the mainline kernel PPA?

How can I add the mainline kernel ppa to the synaptic software sources? I have the url: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/ but I am missing the ppa: line.
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How to delete History of installed packages

I need to delete the Synaptic/Software Center history(commit logs). How can I go about doing this?
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Restore default packages

Yesterday I installed KDE through gnome in Ubuntu 10.10 and after some time I decided to uninstall kde manually through the Synaptic Package Manager. I completely removed all the packages which I ...
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Package Manager cannot access repositories but internet is working

I am currently at a conference in another country and my package manager cannot access repositories. My internet is working fine and I can ping the repositories or go to them in a browser, but ...
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What does “local or obsolete” mean in Synaptic

In the Synaptic Package Manager there is a category "Installed (local or obsolete)". For whatever reason I have a bunch of packages listed there. As you can see from the screenshot, the packages ...
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Synaptic remove “gedit” wants to remove “ubuntu-desktop”. How can I reinstall “gedit”?

I want to make a clean start with gedit; ie. remove all customization. Synaptic Package Manager, indicated that ubuntu-desktop would also be removed! Well, that sounded to be a bit on the ...
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How to open the Synaptic Package Manager in Unity?

I just installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 11.10. How to open the Synaptic Package Manager?
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How to use “apt-get” via “Http-proxy” like this?

I'm trying to use apt-get command on a network that uses a proxy, like this: We use 10.114.7.7 on port 80 as Http-proxy, and after that an authentication window comes up, asking for user name and ...
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What does 'Lock Version' do?

Having installed an experimental version of dropbox and installed in manually, i dont want the deb in synaptic to download any updates (as theyll over write the changes ive done manually i assume). ...
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Injecting packages installed from source into apt/synaptic

Example: I build/install SoX myself, as provided Ubuntu package did not include additional audio format libraries that I might use and it's one of the packages I want latest version anyway. Now I ...
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apt-get won't handle package locking made in Synaptic

In Synaptic I locked skype to version 2.2.0.35 and the package manager is correctly ignoring newer version (it doesn't select skype upgrade). On the contrary, apt-get upgrade will propose the ...
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Synaptic and Software Centre Segmentation fault [closed]

Synaptic windows disappear after a few seconds when opened. This happens also for the Software Center. On running from the terminal it gives me this phrase "Segmentation fault" how can I fix that?
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How long before a bug fix makes it through to the package manager? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does “Fix Committed” mean? I am affected by this bug which appears to be fixed now. Lazy beggar that I am, I don't want to install it myself, so I'm ...
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How to hold a package back from being upgraded? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to forbid a specific package to be updated? I don't want my kernel or grub updated until I do it manually. Is this possible in Ubuntu (10.04, I suppose)?
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Is there a way to determine what packages were installed on a particular date, say yesterday for example?

Like a log, or a command or something of that nature?
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How can I set up a filter in Synaptic that finds all packages not installed from official repositories?

The custom filter options in Synaptic are kind of cryptic to me. I know over the last year and a half (I haven't fresh-installed since 10.04) I've installed several .debs and packages from PPAs. How ...
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How do you create a program launcher with administrative privileges using Alacarte?

How do you create a program launcher with Alacarte (Main Menu) that has administrative privileges? I ask because I seem to have deleted the launcher for Synaptic Package Manager and whenever I start ...
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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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“Dependency is not satisfiable” error when trying to install an application

When I try to install glchess in Synaptic I get this error At a certain time I installed the Gnome desktop and a lot of games that came with it and then uninstalled the games. Now I want chess ...
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How to prevent Thunderbird from updating automatically?

today at startup my Tb (not precisely sure what version it was) asked if it should check compatibility of the lightning calendar addon. That is to say it displayed in a list windows the only item: ...
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How exactly does Synaptic keep track of “New in repository” packages?

Is this info part of APT cache or does it create a separate file to compare with new cache? Where is it stored then?
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Why was the Synaptic package manager removed from Ubuntu 11.10?

I recently tried the new Ubuntu release and when I wanted to change the cache setting of Ubuntu update, I noticed that the Synaptic Package Manager was no longer available. Why? It was one of most ...
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Backup Software Sources

In Ubuntu 10.04, when I goto System > Administration > Software Sources and goto the Authentication tab, I can view all of my keys allowing me to download from third party sources. How would I back ...
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How to only apt-get upgrade Certain Applications?

I only have a traffic-limited mobile broadband connection at my disposal. sudo apt-get dist-upgrade wants to get ~500MB of data which is not feasible for me right now. Hence, is it possible to only ...
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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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Synaptic Package Manager doesn't launch from the Application Menu

My synaptic package manager not launching from application menu but i can launch it from terminal with gksudo synaptic . I have tried several times but from application menu i can't launch it . The ...
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How do I install packages to an 8.10 system?

I am trying to copy some files from a disused Ubuntu 8.10 system. To do that I need to install nfs, portmap, etc., since those are not already installed. So I open Synaptic to install the packages. ...
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How to add .pac files?

I have got a proxy auto-configuration script which works on browsers and not on synaptic or cli. any idea where to put the proxy.pac file so that i can use the terminal / synaptic for internet ...
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Cannot open Synaptic [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Synaptic Package Manager keeps crashing I installed Unity 5 in Ubuntu 11.10, as seen in OMG!Ubuntu! but since then Synaptic is not working. I even tried purging it and ...
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Install adblock using synaptic or through firefox's addons menu?

I want to install adblock for Firefox and I see it is in Synaptic. Should I install it with Synaptic or the regular way with the Firefox add-on manager? Does it make any differences at all?
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How does synaptic package manager work?

I always wondered how the synaptic package work? I always wanted to know it's secrets. Can someone tell me?