Appnr is the Web based tool and a service that install the application on Ubuntu.
If you do your Debian package management from the command line, you are probably aware of utilities that search the cache of available programs, such as apt-cache, apt-file, and dpkg. Possibly, too, you have cursed the limited search information available in graphical interfaces like Synaptic, which does not extend much beyond searching for the description, name, versions, and dependencies. Now, the GNOME Debian Package Finder (gpfind) is in the process of bring much of the command-line search capacity to the desktop -- although, at version 0.1.6, it is still too rough to replace its command-line equivalents for most users.
Package managers make life on Linux a whole lot easier. Instead of managing bits of software by yourself and sorting out the inevitable dependency hell, where one package depends upon another and that depends upon yet another and so on, you can have a clever bit of software do all the work.
Last week Aaron asked me if I knew the reason behind the latest kernel update, or if I knew where to find the changelog. I poked around a bit and found that Aptitude, the command-line package management tool, has a changelog option. If you’d like to see the changelog for a package before you update, or even after you’ve updated, you can do so with Aptitude.
If you want to update all the packages other than one package in your Ubuntu system follow this procedure. There are three ways of holding back packages, with dpkg, aptitude or with dselect:
Ever wanted to pack your scripts into .deb packages?
Here we go…
The installation instructions in most free software reviews aren't enough. If you decide a package sucks, how do you get rid of it? If a package rocks, how do you upgrade it? GNU Stow, a package manager for packages you compile and install yourself, provides an easy answer to both questions.
We recently ran a review on Deborphan. Here is a review on a similar tool: Debfoster. Debfoster exists to tell you which packages are installed on your machine merely as dependencies for other packages. It then gives you the option of removing the package and its dependencies. It also remembers your previous responses so that it does not ask you about the same packages each time.
If you’ve been reading debaday for a while, chances are you now have a heap of packages installed that you’ve tried out, some of which you want to keep installed, and some of which you have forgotten.
One question I get all the time is “What package is that file in?” There’s a really easy way to find out yourself. It’s called apt-file and it can search for a file in any package (installed or not). It’s really easy to use:
Personal Package Archives is Launchpad’s new beta feature that builds and hosts Ubuntu .deb packages in your very own apt repository.
Ubuntu users: When you try to compile and install an application from source, occasionally you will run into missing packages that you just can't seem to find with apt. A tool exists in the form of an IRC bot that can help you locate exactly what package you need to install.