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Pearlseattle 10-08-2012 03:25 PM

Debian 6 / Graphical package manager?
 
Hi

Sorry for the dumb question but I just downloaded Debian 6 and I cannot find in the menu the entry for the package manager "GUI"-version.
Did I miss something or does Debian offer in its default installation only dpkg through the command line?
Thanks a lot

TobiSGD 10-08-2012 03:33 PM

Before you use dpkg you should go for apt-get or aptitude. but usually Debian comes with the Synaptic GUI package manager.

Pearlseattle 10-08-2012 03:38 PM

Well, I feel quite stupid, but after the standard installation I just cannot find any kind of GUI-based synaptic manager.
I'm using myself Gentoo, have some experience with CentOS and Fedora and was just evaluating other distros... .
Thx!

k3lt01 10-08-2012 07:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pearlseattle (Post 4800643)
Well, I feel quite stupid, but after the standard installation I just cannot find any kind of GUI-based synaptic manager.

It should be in System Tools menu, if it isn't
Code:

apt-get install synaptic
will fix that for you.

barnac1e 10-08-2012 10:50 PM

Yeah, I can tell you that you will not have Synaptic, the GUI, right from the get-go on Debian, unless you install it from a Live CD. In most cases, just using an install DVD or a net boot will give you only apt-get to start with.

k3lt01 10-08-2012 10:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by barnac1e (Post 4800871)
In most cases, just using an install DVD or a net boot will give you only apt-get to start with.

An install DVD will give you synaptic, install CDs may not but most certainly DVDs do.

TobiSGD 10-08-2012 11:36 PM

If you are connected to the net during the installation from CD you should come up with exactly the same package set as when you install from DVD, IIRC.

Pearlseattle 10-10-2012 12:02 PM

Thank you!
Weird that synaptic wasn't included as default - X, KDE etc... were all installed as default but not the graphical packet mngr.
Well, in any case: thanks!

JaseP 10-10-2012 03:35 PM

Synaptic is a GTK app, & it looks like you were going with KDE as your desktop,.. KDE is based on QT,... It's not surprising that Synaptic wouldn't be installed by default. Plus Debian is more deferential towards it's users, in terms of what they decide to install, for the most part. If you pick a package, and it has dependencies, they'll be installed. But from the small amount of experience I have with it, it doesn't go out of its way to spoon feed you an installed system.

k3lt01 10-10-2012 09:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pearlseattle (Post 4802336)
Thank you!
Weird that synaptic wasn't included as default - X, KDE etc... were all installed as default but not the graphical packet mngr.
Well, in any case: thanks!

As already said above Synaptic is a GTK application. Debian's default install is Gnome if you had said you were using KDE the answer would have been different.

KPackageKit is KDEs package installer, in Wheezy and Sid it is now called Apper. I have never actually seen it nor have I used it.


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