It just isn't there on the base install of a virtual host I am evaluating from an ISP.

Not in path:

root@vpstest2:~# tasksel       
-bash: tasksel: command not found

Config files not there:

root@vpstest2:~# ls /usr/share/tas*
ls: cannot access /usr/share/tas*: No such file or directory

It's just .... gone!

root@vpstest2:~# whereis tasksel

I'm a little concerned that the install is broken. Running locate spews this out:

locate: can not stat () `/var/lib/mlocate/mlocate.db': No such file or directory

2 Answers 2


According to the server manifest it is installed by default. It must have been removed at some point in your install perhaps? To reinstall it:

sudo apt-get install tasksel

The second error is probably because you haven't run updatedb yet:

sudo updatedb

First run like root:


this will index your files, then make sure that you have already installed tasksel:

aptitude search tasksel

if you dont, run:

apt-get install tasksel

hope this help!!!


  • You might change "run like root" to just sudo, as sudo updatedb . You've also typed "updatebd" instead of "updatedb" . Also bear in mind that you are duplicating most of Jorge's answer. You might consider emphasizing the use of aptitude search, or even just adding that as a comment to Jorge's answer.
    – belacqua
    Mar 17, 2011 at 22:47

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