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.

Solution[edit | edit source]

Official doccumentation from Debian[edit | edit source]

Front-ends for apt[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

    • 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Uninstall not used packages[edit | edit source]

Various tricks and guides[edit | edit source]

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

(un)official repositoris[edit | edit source]

Related HowTos[edit | edit source]

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