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Package Manager HowTos

Topic include Linux and Unix package management system including apt-get, yum, and other package manager. Example includes installing, upgrading, configuring, troubleshooting, and removing software packages on Linux and Unix like oses in a consistent manner ( rss feed ).

Q. I've Debian 64 bit etch server installed. This box is managed via ssh or serial console only. There is no GUI installed. How do I search for packages using apt-get under Debian or Ubuntu Linux?
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Q. How do I simulate the upgrade first to confirm that the actions that would be taken are reasonable under Debian / Ubuntu Linux package management?
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Ubuntu Linux: How Do I install .deb Packages?

I am a new Ubuntu Linux user. I need to install a package called package.deb. I know I can use Synaptic front-end package management tool to install packages from the CD or Internet. But, I would like to install a special .deb file. How can I install .deb package from the terminal using command line option in Ubuntu Linux or Debian Linux?
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