I am completely new to Linux/Ubuntu and command-line. At work I needed to install gearman server and workers on an Ubuntu 11.10 Rackspace box. I ran this command apt-get install gearman-job-server to install the server but it installed version 0.14 which is outdated from many years ago. Is there a way I can just upgrade the package to the latest via command line?


Each version of Ubuntu has a fixed set of packages and only minor version updates are provided by default package updater. Default apt-get can not install newer major version, to use the latest version, you must install it manually.

To manually install gearman-job-server, you can either compile and install it from source (instructions) or use the ppa:

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gearman-developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gearman-job-server gearman-tools

but remeber to remove the old version first:

sudo apt-get remove gearman-job-server
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    Thanks for your help. I was able to get everything working. – Jared Eitnier Jan 23 '13 at 17:03
  • You may also need libgearman-dev if you want to install pecl extension for PHP – Hari K T Oct 15 '13 at 6:49

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