Sat, 09 Sep 2006

Debian Package Management

I use debian or ubuntu on most of my systems and the main reason for that is package management that basically "just works", so I've never really felt the need to get proficient with it. But sometimes you need to do something just a little out of the ordinary.

One of those things is finding which package contains some random program you want to install, and there has to be a better way than searching the web for "debian package XYZ". It turns out there is, of course:

# aptitude install auto-apt
# auto-apt update
$ auto-apt search XYZ

This, and many more tricks can be found in the debian manual.

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