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Old 05-17-2004, 01:33 AM   #1
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Suse 9.1: "apt-get install synaptic" problem

Greetings to all...
This is my first post here, so very briefly I'll try to introduce myself. I think I've been using Suse 9.1 for nearly a week now (with little prior Linux experience) and it's been a bit of a struggle, but I'm slowly getting a grip on it. You will all find this amusing, but I was howling and whooping with joy the other night when I managed to finally install and run Xine to properly play commercial DVDs (thanks to the 'search' option in this forum), that felt like a major step. I think windows has killed some brain cells over the years.

Anyway, onto the problem...
I've downloaded and installed an RPM of Apt and the "apt-get update" command seemed to work. My problem is this: trying to run "apt-get install synaptic" results in the following message:

Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
E: Couldn't find package synaptic

I'm assuming that Apt can't properly connect to whatever server Synaptic is supposed to come from. Any suggestions as to what I should be doing would be appreciated. I have tried the 'search' option for this issue, but I can't find a direct answer to my problem.

Thanks for your time,
Old 05-17-2004, 02:29 AM   #2
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You can search for the packages available to you with:

sudo apt-cache search string
which may be concatenated by a "| grep another string"

a "sudo apt-cache search synap" gives me the following:

synaptic - Gtk GUI-frontend for APT
synaptic-debtags - Gtk GUI-frontend for APT with debtags support

and my sources are /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb testing main non-free contrib
deb-src testing main non-free contrib
deb testing main non-free contrib
deb testing/non-US main contrib non-free
deb-src testing/non-US main contrib non-free
deb testing main non-free contrib
deb-src testing main non-free contrib
deb stable/updates main contrib non-free

I could install synaptic with: "sudo apt-get install synaptic"

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Old 05-17-2004, 05:22 AM   #3
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1st, you should find synaptic under YaST.

Next, here's the command to install Synaptic through apt-get (Quote from the SuSE Apt-Get webpage):
graphical frontend called Synaptic can be obtained from the apt component "suser-rbos". Synaptic is made available in the kde menu "System". Synaptic can be launched from a (ordinary) user login by executing in an xterm, konsole, etc:
sux -c /usr/sbin/synaptic
Synaptic can be executed from root as well. At first you must allow others to write on your X-display by executing the command "xhost +localhost" as ordinary user. As root set your DISPLAY variable (export DISPLAY=:0.0). Now execute /usr/sbin/synaptic.
I hope it helps!
Old 05-17-2004, 06:49 AM   #4
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Take a look at this:

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you need to edit your /etc/apt/sources list and include the components list you find at, under "the advanced package tool configuration" section.
then run apt-get update again and it will build a new components directory which will include synaptic.


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