aptitude is a front-end to the Advanced Packaging Tool (APT). It displays a list of software packages and allows the user to interactively pick packages to install or remove. In addition to a curses based interface, it also has a command line interface.

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Cannot install mc using apt-get

I'm trying to install mc using apt-get: apt-get install mc ... and get the following error: Failed to fetch http://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/m/mc/mc_4.6.2-2_i386.deb 404 Not Found ...
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Problem with repositories in a freshly installed Ubuntu Karmic

I have a freshly installed Ubuntu Karmic 32 bits installed in an old machine (Pentium 4 512 Mb RAM) and I'm having a severe problem with apt-get. No matter what repository I choose, I can't update the ...
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apt-get for a particular version?

I would like the linux (Ubuntu) version of jdk 6 update 17 (which I think is one version behind the current one), can apt-get request such a specific package?
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Tell aptitude to ignore broken package

I installed a Amsynth from Lucid in Karmic using: dpkg --force-depends-version -i amsynth_1.2.2-1_i386.deb The reason for installing the Lucid version is because Karmic version is 3 years old and ...
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How do I install the latest version of packages in Ubuntu?

For example I want to install the latest version of "numpy". I type the following: "sudo apt-get install python-numpy". When I type this the first time it installs something and if I type this the ...
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Making aptitude less verbose

People say that aptitude on Debian is so much better than apt-get, but I find it less usable. (See examples below.) Is there any configuration magic for aptitude to get rid of those useless status ...
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Aptitude vs. apt-get: Which is the recommended (aka the “right”) tool to use?

Some time ago I read that aptitude is the preferred tool for installation on Debian-based systems. But when you search around on how to administer a Debian-based system, then aptitude is rarely ...
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Which Debian package architecture am I using?

What's the command to find out which Debian package architecture I'm using? eg, on a 64 bit x86, I'm expecting something like amd64, i386 on 32 bit x86 and darwin-x86_64 from OSX 10.6 (via Fink).
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Debian - Problem installing new packges

Just istalled the latest debian with a graphical desktop environment and for some reason i cant install any thing. for example apt-get install subversion - cannot be found. apt-get install synaptic ...
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How to install libevent via aptitude?

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 ...
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How do I get apt pinning to install the minimum required from the unstable distribution

I've been around this APT pinning process a couple of times and I still can't get it to do what I want. Currently I am running Ubuntu Karmic. I have no default release set, so Karmic is defaulting to ...
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depends but it is not going to be installed - debian

I'm using debian lenny (stable). I'm trying to downgrade firefox (iceweasel) 3 to latest 2. I uninstalled iceweasel, created pin, added etch repo, updated apt... and i'm getting: apt-get install ...
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Is there a website for redirecting to odd protocols from http?

For instance, if you click a URL with the apt: protocol in Ubuntu, it will install a package from your repository: Install firefox As you can see, this doesn't work on StackExchange, despite the ...
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What is the difference between Recommended and Suggested packages (Ubuntu)

On Ubuntu when you install a package, there can be dependencies, recommendations and suggestions. For example: virtualbox-ose has adduser as dependency, libgl1 as recommendation and libpulse0 as ...
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The internal architecture of apt management system?

To make it more concrete, what's the relationship among apt-get, apt-file, apt-cache, aptitude and dpkg? I know that aptitude is the friendly front end to dpkg - so is apt-get, but less friendly. So ...
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How to work around blocked outbound hkp port for apt keys

I'm using Ubuntu 9.10, and need to add some apt repositories. Unfortunately, I get messages like this when running sudo apt-get update: W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net karmic Release: The ...
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How to solve “signatures couldn't be verified” when running “sudo apt-get update”?

Hi i got this error while running the sudo apt-get update command on my Ubuntu machine :( Error: Fetched 308B in 1s (158B/s) Reading package lists... Done W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net ...
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In Ubuntu/Debian, how do I mark a package as non-auto removable?

Suppose I have a package (a Python package in this case) that I install using Synaptic. Because the version of this package is somewhat outdated, I remove it in Synaptic and then install it using ...
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Why is apt-get trying to install linux-image? (and how can I stop it?)

The other day, I tried to update Abiword by running the command sudo apt-get update abiword. Obviously, it didn't work, but I had no idea how badly it would fail. apt-get began installing several ...
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Using dpkg to install packages from a local directory

I'm refining our installer. The way it works is all our components are made into .deb files. The installer merely calls dpkg on all of them at once, along with their dependencies. This works ...
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What are “Super Cow Powers” and why doesn't my aptitude have them?

sudo aptitude help aptitude 0.4.11.11 Usage: aptitude [-S fname] [-u|-i] aptitude [options] <action> ... Actions (if none is specified, aptitude will enter interactive mode): ... This ...
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How can I display the list of all packages installed on my Debian system?

How can I get the list of all packages installed on my Debian system (I know this one is easy)? And also a list of all packages marked as manual? I am thinking about system upgrade, but I can't ...
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How can I undo or rollback an “apt-get upgrade” command on Ubuntu?

Is there a way in Ubuntu to rollback or undo the last upgrade after doing an apt-get upgrade if you don't like the results?
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How to keep a Debian install running after several apt-get dist-upgrade

I have been using my Debian install for a while and I kept dist-upgrading because I didn't want to reinstall everything after every new Release. But now I'm starting to get a few errors at the reboot ...
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Aptitude keeps saying package installed when it was removed and purged

I have a server, 8.04, which i've been toying with Postfix, installing and removing with purge option. The thing is, i wanna reinstall it (so it shows the config menu) but Aptitude and apt keep ...
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Is running Ubuntu Update Manager roughly equivalent to installing the latest Ubuntu version fresh?

I keep hearing about new versions of Ubuntu with their own Live CD and what not... If I just run Update Manager on my existing installation of Ubuntu, is that getting me all the new goodness, or just ...
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Is there any way to limit my Internet connection to a per program basis?

My Linux connection is REALLY free. I live in Brazil, so where I live I can only have 1 Mbit/s. Yes I know it's sad, but it's not the point. Everytime I'm updating my Ubuntu 9.04 or downloading ...
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How to fix broken synaptic updates: “Package is in a very bad inconsistent state”

I have a Dell Mini9 running Ubuntu 8.10. One day I had the bright idea to see if I could install a LAMP stack. I had trouble installing MySQL 5.0. I don't recall the error, but ever since all ...
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Autoconfiguring proxies in linux based on local IP addres

I'm using my laptop in different offices, and whenever I switch locations I have to re-set the http proxy for wget, firefox, apt, etc... Is there a way to do this automatically based on the local IP ...
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Find what package a file belongs to in Ubuntu/Debian?

I frequently find myself missing a program, man page, or other file when working on my Ubuntu 8.04 system. Is there any simple way to look up what package contains a given file (whether it is ...
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How do you track which packages were installed on Ubuntu (Linux)?

(This question is very similar to 10458. It was suggested that Fedora and Ubuntu/Debian are different enough to warrant different answers.) As I use any Ubuntu setup I gradually install a number of ...
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Packages in weird state

On my Debian system I seem to have a few packages in weird state. When I run upgrade, they are always to be intstalled: grzes:/home/ga# apt-get dist-upgrade Reading package lists... Done Building ...
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“sudo apt-get install xyz” command

Can someone explain what actions this command will perform? sudo apt-get install xyz