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I've been using Linux for a few days. I performed a minimal Ubuntu 18.10 installation, and am now looking to install Transmission via Terminal. An apt-cache search transmission showed me these packages:

transmission - lightweight BitTorrent client
transmission-common - lightweight BitTorrent client (common files)
transmission-cli - lightweight BitTorrent client (command line interface)
transmission-daemon - lightweight BitTorrent client (daemon)
transmission-gtk - lightweight BitTorrent client (GTK interface)
transmission-qt - lightweight BitTorrent client (Qt interface)

(Copied from some random website since I am on my Windoze PC. The result should be similar.)

The transmission-cli, transmission-gtk, and transmission-qt should be self-explainatory. What's about the others? What do they suppose to do when installed separately? Or maybe they're just dependencies for other packages? I see a lot of tutorial which instruct the user to install using sudo apt-get install transmission, but I am not confident to try it yet.

  • If you look at packages.ubuntu.com/cosmic/transmission you'll see the dependencies for transmission. The '-gtk' is used for GNOME, MATE & GTK+ based desktops, the '-qt' used for KDE/LXQt & Qt based desktops. GTK+ is the gimp+gnome toolkit, Qt the Q toolkit; two major toolkits used for GUI apps – guiverc Mar 19 '19 at 7:34
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    @guiverc I did a little C++ a few years ago so I know these toolkits. So, basically if I am using Ubuntu cosmic with default Gnome desktop, using apt-get install transmission will result in transmission, transmission-common and transmission-gtk being installed? – Livy Mar 19 '19 at 7:51
  • Yep, sorry I don't know packages.ubuntu.com/cosmic/transmission-daemon (daemon) package so can't be more descriptive on that. – guiverc Mar 19 '19 at 7:55
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For the desktop Transmission client on a GTK based desktop e.g. regular Ubuntu, Ubuntu MATE etc.:

sudo apt install transmission-gtk

This will also install transmission-common as a dependency, amongst other things.

For more details see:

apt show transmission-gtk
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  • What would happen if I use sudo apt-get install transmission instead? I guess the result will be the same as transmission-gtk. But does this mean the transmission package is just a container/wrapper, whose job is just selecting the correct package for current desktop environment? – Livy Mar 19 '19 at 9:37
  • That should work also. transmission is a metapackage that depends on one of the front-end alternatives i.e. transmission-gtk, transmission-qt or transmission-cli etc. In your case transmission-gtk... – robosnacks Mar 19 '19 at 9:48
  • I can't thank you enough for the apt show command. I've got some confusion between steam and steam-installer as well, but it was clear after using that command to view the description of each package. Being a Windows user for a long time, I am always cautious before installing anything. – Livy Mar 19 '19 at 15:58
  • No problem, I can see why it could be confusing for a new user. Often the info you need is there - it's knowing where to look sometimes that can be the problem. – robosnacks Mar 19 '19 at 17:24

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