Appnr Launches!

Appnr is the Web based tool and a service that install the application on Ubuntu.

GNOME Debian Package Finder: Rough and ready package search for the desktop

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.

Exclude Packages from being Installed and Upgraded in Debian/Ubuntu

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.

View A Package Changelog Entry With Aptitude or Synaptic

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.

Prevent a package from being updated in Ubuntu

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:

10min: Create Debian packages

Ever wanted to pack your scripts into .deb packages?

Here we go…

You need:

  • ‘devscripts’ package (over apt-get)
  • your script(s)
  • 10 minutes

Get rid of stowaway packages with GNU Stow

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.

Debfoster: Remove a package and its dependencies

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.

deborphan: find packages you don’t want

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.

What package is that file in ?

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:

Learn PPA and Ubuntu packaging basics

Personal Package Archives is Launchpad’s new beta feature that builds and hosts Ubuntu .deb packages in your very own apt repository.

At 15.00 UTC on Thursday 13th September, the Launchpad and Ubuntu MOTU teams are jointly hosting PPA and Packaging 101. This IRC session in #launchpad will introduce you to:

Identify Any Package in Ubuntu with the Ubotu IRC Bot

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.

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