Originally posted by strider_D_3000
man its so confusing what should i do next? i have noidea what you just say
That's ok, I'll break it down a bit.
Man pages are things that describe how to use applications. With apt there are many man pages for different parts of it. One of the man pages in one for apt.conf which resides in /etc/apt.conf The file is a text file that will be used by apt when using it to install packages. You can edit this file to suit your needs, but to do so, you will need to learn what you can and can't put in that file. For example, if you wanted to tell it to your floppy drive to get files, you wouldn't simply edit the file and at any given place type:
use my floppy drive
Instead you'd need to consult the man page, which is done by typing in 'man' followed by the application or configuration file you are wanting to read a man (manual) for, so for this it would be:
And it should describe some of the information in there for you. At the bottom of that file it will have "See also" man pages for other configurations you can look at with regards to (WRT is the acronym for that you may see from time to time) apt. So by looking at:
You will see "See also" and things like apt-get apt-cdrom What these mean is if you type:
A new manual page (man page) will pop up with more information.
It's a great tool, but the only draw back is that sometimes man pages assume you know how to use the application, hence my comment on the 'lawyer gibberish' but that's what we are all here for. We will help you through those parts that you don't quite understand. Other places to look for info are:
And you should also look at the tutorial (linux 101) over at www.linux.org
The man pages are your friend, even though sometimes they can seem very frustrating!