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Old 06-11-2006, 03:30 AM   #1
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synaptic package mng or add/remove application

Can any body tell me what is the difference between synaptic package manager and add/remove applications?

And what is the relation between software preferences ( system>administration>sofware properties) and the above to.


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Old 06-11-2006, 10:02 AM   #2
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No idea but synaptic seems better and apt-get just rocks.
Old 06-11-2006, 01:23 PM   #3
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Synaptic is the more advanced version of Add/Remove Applications.
Software Properties is the Settings > Repositories dialogue from Synaptic.
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Old 03-12-2010, 03:42 AM   #4
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Post Add Remove Applications Ubuntu

My system overloads often times due to leaving too may windows when going to add remove. I have made this mistake more than once and have a hard time fixing it.

I hope you will note that any time you choose synaptic manager or add remove close your other windows so you don't get a message of failure like this:
D package was interrupted you must run command in terminal to fix it

sudo dpkg --configure -a

First of all they don't tell you do put super user do (sudo) ahead of the command, second of all when you enter your password after the prompt it often fails, evidently due to the interrupted D or E drive process whichever one it was this time.
Second of all the password is not visible for sure you just have to count to 10 (or even more) and press enter until maybe it finally gets received at terminal. Then it will tell you to enter command and you have to repeat the sudo command until you get a message that says ;

Setting up libc6 (2.7-10ubuntu5) ...

Processing triggers for libc6 ...
ldconfig deferred processing now taking place

Then just leave if without closing for an hour, and it will probably be cleared up, so you can use synaptic manager or add remove all you want.
These are about the same and in my experience if one doesn't work neither one will work.

As for your question the second answer is very thorough. A good answer to know the ins and outs, some things to be familiar with so you can use your computer to the fullest.
Old 03-13-2010, 10:26 AM   #5
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Forget about Add / Remove. It was always a redundant and half-baked app in my opinion. You can probably also forget about synaptic. But I hope that apt-get via the terminal will still be available.
In any case, starting with Ubuntu 10.04, the Software Center will be the "one app to rule them all" for installing software in Ubuntu:

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