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We try to list here the main places to find information about apt, the package manager in Debian.

Any program cited should be Free Software and Open Source software.


Official doccumentation from Debian[]

Front-ends for apt[]

  • wajig
    • Single commandline wrapper around apt, apt-cache, dpkg, /etc/init.d scripts and more, intended to be easy to use and providing
  • aptipude
    • text-based front-end that replaces the old dselect.
  • Synaptic
    • This is the main GUI for apt, based on GTK+ v2
  • KPackage
    • GUI for KDE that can be used as apt front-end
  • gnome-apt
    • GUI for GNOME that can be used as apt front-end

Various extensions/enhancements when installing packages[]

    • To use apt over a bittorrent network.
  • apt-axel
    • Using axel with apt to speed up downloads (simultaneous downloads, etc...) nead to apt-get dist-upgrade as root in a terminal in order to install all new packages and put your system up to date. extensive documentation for all of its functions.
  • apt-build
    • Compiling software from source optimised for your architecture. It uses the sources of Debian packages available in official repositories.

Find packages[]

  • debtags
    • Multiple tags per package solution: the Debian Package Tags.
  • apt-best
    • Utility to help users in finding the most popular debian packages.

Auto install software[]

  • cron-apt
    • Package that can be configured to use cron and to automatically download all new packages while the computer is not used. Then you only
  • auto-apt
    • If a program tries to access a file known to belong in an uninstalled package, auto-apt will install that package using apt-get.

Using apt offline or with slow connections[]

Uninstall not used packages[]

Various tricks and guides[]

  • apt-pinning
    • Using testing and unstable packages on a stable debian.
  • fakeroot
    • Fake root environment

(un)official repositoris[]

Related HowTos[]

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