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Old 10-20-2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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Unhappy Trouble installing "Par"

Hello, I've found through the forum the following file, par-v1.1.tar.gz, and have no clue as to what needs to be done to install. I've looked around here and elsewhere; cant get anywhere, hense the asking.

I'm running debian-etch, very green convert from xp

any help, greatly appreciated.
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If this is the paragraph reformatter, it is already in the Debian GNU/Linux etch repository:
$ apt-cache show par
Package: par
Priority: optional
Section: text
Installed-Size: 128
Maintainer: Kapil Hari Paranjape <>
Architecture: i386
Version: 1.52-1
Which means you can install it with apt-get. This can be confusing the first few times you do it, however, I have found that it is as easy, if not easier, than installing on Windows.

Short version: become root, update the indices, do a simulated install, then do a real install:
su -
(enter root password)
apt-get update
apt-get -s install par
(if everything looks OK, i.e. par and perhaps a few others selected for installation)
apt-get install par
I tend to backup before large installs, but this is not one of those:
$ apt-get -s install par
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 7 not upgraded.
Inst par (1.52-1 Debian:4.0r4a/stable)
Conf par (1.52-1 Debian:4.0r4a/stable)
You should get used to reading man pages for command-line work -- for example man apt-get. There are some GUI installing commands, and someone may stop by to chat about those.

Another useful read is

Welcome to Linux, and best wishes ... cheers, makyo

Last edited by makyo; 10-20-2008 at 11:54 PM.
Old 10-21-2008, 04:15 AM   #3
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Also to be found in the package manager, "Synaptic"

Be aware that 'par' is a command line tool.

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thanks makyo and knudfl. I've ordered a book just hasn't arrived yet.


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