Package management is the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and removing software packages for a computer's operating system in a consistent manner.

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How to retrieve a list of installed packages on (K)ubuntu sorted by category

I'm using Kubuntu. I'd like to get a list of installed packages on my system, and in particular to have them sorted by category, i.e. as seen in Muon Package Manager, in the category filter tab. For a ...
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Why can't I uninstall pacman package with -Rs settings?

I've been trying several desktop environments and window managers, and I think for now I'm gonna stick with E17. However, I can't seem to uninstall Xfce 4 which I installed earlier when ...
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Why does pacman/packer always fail 3 times to connect, and makes it the fourth?

I think this will explain better: :: Retrieving packages ... error: failed retrieving file 'gpm-1.20.7-2-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz' from mirror.us.leaseweb.net : Resolving timed out after 10000 milliseconds ...
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Linux, Debian, Wheezy, Aptitude/DPKG consistency check

In a foolhardy and stupid attempt to solve space issues on my desktop machine, I on purpose deleted Spotify from /opt before realizing that I could remove it using the package manager. After deleting ...
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what/where is the default yum conf and server

I have 2 new redhat hosts (Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.9). Lets call them A and B. They both run on 2 different networks. I try to run the 'yum -update' command on both hosts. Works ...
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How can I fix the error “The value 'stable' is invalid for APT::Default-Release”?

After an upgrade from Debian Squeeze (stable) to Wheezy (testing), Synaptic fails with the following error: E: The value 'stable' is invalid for APT::Default-Release as such a release is not ...
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Does a *-dev package always contain all the files of the core package?

Many packages in the Debian repositories have two versions: the core package and a "dev" version of it (suffixed with -dev). My question is, does a repo's -dev package always contain all of the ...
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What's the rpm/yum equivalent of `aptitude why`?

On .deb managed systems one can use $ aptitude why <package> to find out what installed package required the installation of <package> for example: $ aptitude why python i xdiagnose ...
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Make pacman does not reinstall when already installed

How to make pacman (archlinux's package manager) to not reinstall when the package already installed pacman -S packagename # install and reinstall if exists
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Debian - package is installed already but apt says “depends: x but it is not going to be installed”

I don't have a lot of experience with debian. I am troubleshooting a friend's debian squeeze setup who probably pasted both squeeze and wheezy sources in his sources.list. Since then I have corrected ...
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sources.list LMDE review

I want to create a sources.list which uses one fast mirror. So I run netselect-apt. There comes in my first question: Does netselect-apt use ping or traffic-speed? I trust that result and for example ...
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How to upgrade an installed package under Ubuntu 12.04

Based on https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/serverguide/apt-get.html The way to upgrade packages is to: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade However, I simply just want to upgrade one software for ...
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SublimeText2: Packages does not show up on Package Control: Install

When I was installing some packages, I found that my Package Control: Install Packages although comes up after pressing enter nothing happens. Does anyone else had this issue? I do not know after ...
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Get Solaris/Linux package (from package repo) and put on server manually

First I'm not Solaris/Linux guy, pure Windows. My problem: I need to get ffmpeg executables on hosting Solaris servers. The first and obvious way it to take source code and compile it there. But ...
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Linux server broken packages

So, I'm trying to install the PHP5 cURL package on a Ubuntu Lucid 10.04.3 server. My concern is that there are broken packages on this server and if I install this package with the broken packages ...
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How to purge a package AND its installed dependencies?

I only want to delete the dependencies if they are not required by any package installed since then. For example, when I installed subversion, it also installed some libs: libapr1:amd64 ...
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Extremely slow pypi package retrieval with i.e. pip

Finding python packages using tools such as pip or easy_install takes very long, up to ten minutes, on my local desktop running Ubuntu 12.10. The same procedures are lightning fast on my cloud ...
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Debian set google-chrome as gnome-www-browser

I've recently set up Debian 6.0.6 and want to install google-chrome as the default web browser. The problem is that I can't remove others browsers (Iceweasel particularly) because there is a ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 error message E: dpkg was interrupted

In Ubuntu 12.04 I got an error message saying: E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem. After I ran that command, nothing happened and the ...
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Debian download package and dependencies for different architecture

I have a clean i386 install of Debian on my laptop which I need to install ndiswrapper to get the internet on it working. I have a amd64 Debian install on my other laptop with working internet. How ...
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Can I list installed packages which were directly requested with yum?

I want a list of installed packages requested by the user, excluding those installed as dependencies. This is on a CentOS 5 machine and the packages were installed using yum. I am attempting to ...
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Homebrew complains about a non-Homebrew “pkg-config” in my PATH

I've just installed Homebrew onto my machine, after which I ran brew doctor which threw up two warnings. I didn't appear to have the command line tools for Xcode installed, which I have now. The ...
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Why apt-get cannot install software?

Each time I execute apt-get install (e.g. gzip) I get the problems of kind: Depends: <some_package> but is not going to be installed Depends: <some_package> but is not installable For ...
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How to create .repo file?

I am trying to create my RPM repository, besides the posts on SuperUser I have followed the usage document of createRepo, which was pretty straight forward. Although, regarding the .repo file I ...
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Homebrew installation of git won't take precedence over system version (in /usr/bin/)

OS X (or Xcode) comes bundled with git 1.7.something, but after brew install git (1.8.0), which git keeps returning the old /usr/bin/git. This is what I get when I echo $PATH right now: ...
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Do best-practices say to restrict the usage of /var to sudoers?

I wrote a package, and would like to use /var to persist some data. The data I'm storing would perhaps even be thought of as an addition for /var/db. The pattern I observe is that files in /var/db, ...
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Cannot resolve dependencies while installing a package

When I try to install mysql-devel package by doing /usr/bin/yum install -y --disablerepo=* --enablerepo=base mysql-devel It fails with the following errors. ... ... --> Finished Dependency ...
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How can I visit a package's homepage via the pip command?

Being new to both Python and particularly the pip package manager, I'm wondering if pip has an internal command for quickly opening a package's home page on the web. If not possible by default, is ...
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Why did I fail to install packages when using debian?

There is lots of messed up dependency. How can I resolve this problem? It produces the following output: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Note, ...
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Want to install FlightGear but 'libapr1' dependency cannot be satisfied

When I want to install the flightgear:amd64 package, it requests to install the simgear2.8.0:amd64 package onto my Linux Mint 13 KDE 64-bit system. But I cannot install simgear2.8.0:amd64 because I ...
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Install mosh on vyatta

I'd like to install mosh on a vyatta machine. Unfortunately vyatta does not have it pre-packaged. It does not even have gcc installed and I don't know if the required dependencies are available. ...
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Is it possible to determine how a package was installed on debian?

Is there a way to find out how a package was installed on Debian? I.e. see if it was manually installed or which package pulled it as a dependency. This information should be available somewhere ...
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How to update to latest version of SVN server?

I currently have SVN server installed on my Linux Ubuntu machine, version 1.6.12. I see that the latest version is 1.8.x and would like to update my installation to it, so I run: sudo apt-get update ...
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libkeybinder error Arch linux

I am trying to install a package that depends on python-keybinder and hence on libkeybinder. When I run makepkg for libkeybinder, it starts and after sometime I get the following error: checking for ...
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How to find which package certain command belongs to on CentOS?

For example I can easily find locate command belongs to mlocate.i386 package. yum search locate mlocate.i386 : An utility for finding files by name [mirror@home /]$ rpm -qa | grep locate ...
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Eclipse version in Debian package directories too old

Ian Murdock, the founder of Debian, has commented that package management is "the single biggest advancement Linux has brought to the industry". (Wikipedia) But for some reason I'm forced to install ...
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downgrading packages in debian

I have Debian stable disribution installed on my computer. Once I installed some packages from testing but now it causes some troubles so I would like to downgrade them. I've tried next commands: ...
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How could I pack my linux installation to installable DVD

I have spend more than 2 months configuring my openSUSE 12.1 linux as ultimate development environment with manual installs of many tools and packages. How could I pack this as my own distro on a DVD ...
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How do I remove configuration files for a program that's not installed?

I'm basically looking for an apt-get purge for programs that are already uninstalled. (I'm running Debian squeeze and using aptitude for package management.)
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Which group memberships are necessary for simple users in Ubuntu 12.04?

I'm configuring Ubuntu 12.04 for my sister. I'd like to give her a system that she really can't screw up, but can still do normal things like install software. I don't want to just add her user to ...
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What is the technical differences between “update” and “upgrade” with yum?

I frequently use the following when updating/upgrading RPM-based distros (CentOS, RHEL, and Fedora in my case): yum -y update && yum -y upgrade However, I'm not sure exactly how the two yum ...
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Building gstreamer_ndk_bundle

I'm trying to build gstreamer_ndk_bundle under Ubuntu 12.4 and I'm failing miserably! I have installed all "glib-dev" packages (packages that in their name have glib and dev), and also I have tried to ...
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Package .exe application to run on a Mac

I have an application in the windows .exe format. It also uses a bunch of other dlls etc. I want to hand it over to someone non technical who uses a mac and have him able to use the application. ...
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Test if a package is installed in APT

I want a shell script method to test/report if a package is installed. I don't need details, only boolean return to set logic flow. I looked at Find if a package is installed, but dpkg returns complex ...
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How does ArchLinux handle dependency conflicts?

In the traditional release model, all packages in a release are compiled with the same version of the compiler against the same versions of libraries, and the release team carefully pick software ...
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How to tell apt that dependencies are resolved manually?

Let's say there is a software I don't want to install through apt, but manually. (TeXLive, because I want to use the 2011 release and apt only has the 2009 version.) Let's say there is another ...
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“developer-stable” packages in debian?

I'm pretty new at debian, so bare with me. Some of the packages are pretty old in debian stable. For example, the version of iceweasel (firefox) included is 3.5. But I don't want the version of ...
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Is it possible to have two package management systems (.deb and .rpm) on one system?

Is it possible to have more than one package management system on one system? Example: RPM, deb and .txz on the same partition of Ubuntu. If it isn't possible, why not?
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How do I get a list of available (i.e. uninstalled) packages in Debian?

Essentially what I'm looking for is the Debian equivalent of: yum list available to show me which packages are available (though not currently installed). I'd prefer something that can be run from ...
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Linux and rpms and apps best practices?

I have an application to be delivered as an RPM. I don't know very good Linux. What is best. Should the application start automatically on RPM installation or should the user manually start it from ...