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Old 05-16-2004, 11:41 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2003
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Distribution: Red Hat 8, knoppix, Xandros
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Question Where can i find the apt-get packages available for my distro..(debian)

I`m using Knoppix....

I am completely new to the apt-get stuff... I have read its man pages but i cant understand it well...

I`ve already tried apt-get upgrade, update and install, but i was not able to install any package yet... And most important is not how to use it, but where to see the packages i can install, Ļis there a list with evey package available to apt-get..?

I tried netselect and every seems to be right at the beggining but after that (downloading it) i couldnt install told me something about calculating dependecies and modules and then ... i just couldn install it...

Thank you guys...
Old 05-16-2004, 11:50 PM   #2
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Does knoppix come with synaptic? If not right off the bat I suggest you get synaptic

First do this. go to a terminal. Type nano /etc/apt/sources.list Are there sources there? If they say stable or woody change the word to sid. If there is nothing there say so and I'll get the entries from my file for you.

Ok, then after you have done that type this (once you have the source slist configured and saved). Oh, and to save the list when you edit it follow the bottom legend which says to save with ctrl + o I think

Anyway.. now, exit that with ctrl x.. say yes to exiting
Then type
apt-get update
wait for it to update
apt-get install synaptic
hit yes when it asks if you want to download it and install it
once installed I suggest (if you are using kde) to go ahead and add it to the menu.

TO do that, right click the k, go to menu editor. Hit the new item button (or selecte new item off the list). The name should be synaptic, command synaptic (choose whatever icon you like). Make sure you check the box to run it as a different user, but don't set a username (it chooses root automatically if you put nothing there).

Then, save the menu. You should see an icon there now. Load it up by hitting it and type in the root password it prompts you for. There is a search box on the top right. It's good for finding if you know what you are looking for, but besides that there are pretty clear categories.

Good luck.
Old 05-17-2004, 12:32 AM   #3
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Knoppix starts in KDE by default. And, KDE comes with Kpackage in the 'system' menu.

Kpackage (KDE native) = Synaptic (Gnome native) [both will work regardless your desktop manager]

Now, if you want to work from the console you can use; dselect (hard to use) and aptitude (not so hard to use) front ends.

[edit] To better understand Debian distributions go to:

I highly recomend you 'apt-spy' to be the first package to install. then at the command line type:

~# apt-spy

This will scan a BIG list of mirrors, then it will score them acording to the fastest, and update your '/etc/apt/sources.list'. The scan proces will take some time to conclude (like 15 mins)

Last edited by Qucho; 05-17-2004 at 12:39 AM.


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