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It doesn't seem to work.

aptitude install libevent1
locate libevent

/usr/share/doc/libevent1
/usr/share/doc/libevent1/changelog.Debian.gz
/usr/share/doc/libevent1/copyright
/var/cache/apt/archives/libevent1_1.3e-3_amd64.deb
/var/lib/dpkg/info/libevent1.list
/var/lib/dpkg/info/libevent1.md5sums
/var/lib/dpkg/info/libevent1.postinst
/var/lib/dpkg/info/libevent1.postrm
/var/lib/dpkg/info/libevent1.shlibs
falcon@cache1:~/src/beanstalkd-1.4.3$ libevent1
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You might have better luck with dpkg -L libevent to see what the .deb actually installed. Voting to move this to superuser regardless. –  Tim Post Dec 9 '09 at 3:04
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What's your question? If locate finds files of the package, then it is installed. Did you mean libevent-dev? –  Dirk Eddelbuettel Dec 9 '09 at 3:05
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Why don't you just build it on your own?

http://monkey.org/~provos/libevent-1.4.13-stable.tar.gz

Download it, then run the usual

./configure
make
sudo make install
ldconfig
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much better to use the system-provided package manager when possible. installing it this way won't tell the package manager about it, so it won't handle dependent packages "correctly". –  quack quixote Dec 9 '09 at 6:56
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sudo apt-get install libevent-dev

Will do it.

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What distribution & version are you using? According to packages.debian.org, that package should install the following files:

/usr/lib/libevent-1.1.so.1
/usr/lib/libevent-1.1a.so.1
/usr/lib/libevent-1.3b.so.1
/usr/lib/libevent-1.3d.so.1
/usr/lib/libevent-1.3e.so.1
/usr/lib/libevent-1.3e.so.1.0.3
/usr/lib/libevent.so.1
/usr/share/doc/libevent1/changelog.Debian.gz
/usr/share/doc/libevent1/copyright
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