A Concise apt-get / dpkg primer for new Debian users

Posted by VISITOR on Dec 13, 2005 10:21 AM EDT
All about Linux; By Ravi
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When we speak of Debian Linux distribution, the number one thing that come into our minds is its flag-ship utility apt-get . Infact this package management is so popular that a large part of Debian's popularity revolves around it. Ask any person why he or she thinks Debian is a better distribution and in 7 out of 10 cases the answer will be apt-get. Here is a consice but very complete article on using apt-get and dpkg the backend for apt-get.

Debian is one of the earliest Linux distribution around. It caught the public's fancy because of the ease of installing and unistalling applications on it. When many other linux distributions were bogged down in dependency hell, debian users were shielded from these problems owing to Debian's superior package handling capablities using apt-get. All Linux distributions which claim their roots in the Debian distribution use this versatile package manager. For the uninitiated, Debian uses the deb package format for bundling together files belonging to an application. You can look at it as something like a setup installer (Eg: Installshield) in windows counterpart. Here I will explain how to go about using this package handling utility to get the results that you desire.

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