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Old 07-28-2003, 02:09 AM   #1
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listing of package

Hi !
I am Red Hat user. This is the first time I install Debian. There are 4000 packages to choose from during the new intallation. How can I list the entire package. Debian is not like Red Hat which I can choose the package and press F2 (for description) of the packages or modules install.

Please advise how to list all the package in Debian 3.

Old 07-28-2003, 05:43 PM   #2
[PX]Kal Bob
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The way I find a package discription, as well as a list of packages is to goto

There is a search of all packages on the main mirror. I hope that this is of help to you.
Old 07-29-2003, 12:53 AM   #3
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You should have the APT system installed. If you don't, the first thing you should do is get the .deb file for that.

If/When you do have APT, learn apt-get and apt-cache really well, they will be some of your better friends on debian.

"apt-cache search <searchstr>" will return all the packages you have available to you matching <searchstr>

"apt-get install <packagename>" will install the package of your choosing, unless you have dependency problems.

If you're interested, a developing project is the Synaptic APT program. It's a little undeveloped, but provides a friendlier interface, at the least.
Old 07-29-2003, 07:52 AM   #4
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Caidence has you on the right track IMO. I also use 'apt-cache showpkg <package_name>' which is the only command that I know of that shows reverse dependancies. If you want the package description 'dpkg -p <package_name>' works. If you want to see all the files that was installed by a package try 'dpkg -L <package_name> | less' Aptitude is another apt front end you may want to check out (it's a tad lighter than Synaptic and it even claims to be non-fattening, naturally cleansing, and housebroken ).

During an install I choose not to install anything other than the base system. No tasksel and I never use dselect (I do not like that it's default behavior that is to install recomended packages, which always ends up installing a lot of packages I don't want). After I get the system up for the first time I'm off to apt-get what I want. Sometimes I'll use aptitude.


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