How to fix problems with the apt-get command when installing packages.

Posted: December 4, 2013. At: 12:16 PM. This was 4 years ago. Post ID: 6655

Sometimes when you are using the apt-get command to install updates you can get errors when installing a deb package. This is easily remedied by using the -f parameter to the apt-get install command.

Use it like this:

homer@lollinux-machina:~$ sudo apt-get -f install

This will run the installation of the packages again and fix the dependency issues. This is a very useful command to know about when you are using a Debian based Linux system.

The apt-get remove command will remove a package.

homer@lollinux-machina:~$ apt-get remove xterm

And this command will completely remove a package and the configuration files. This is good if you no longer want the package installed.

homer@lollinux-machina:~$ apt-get --purge remove xterm

if you just want to download a package and not install it then use this command. This will download the file to the current directory.

homer@lollinux-machina:~/apt$ sudo apt-get download beep
[sudo] password for homer: 
Get:1 http://au.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/universe beep amd64 1.3-3 [24.4 kB]
Fetched 24.4 kB in 0s (64.2 kB/s)

And here is the file in the current directory.

homer@lollinux-machina:~/apt$ ls
beep_1.3-3_amd64.deb

If you want to install this package, just use the dpkg -i command.

homer@lollinux-machina:~/apt$ sudo dpkg -i beep_1.3-3_amd64.deb 
Selecting previously unselected package beep.
(Reading database ... 247003 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking beep (from beep_1.3-3_amd64.deb) ...
Setting up beep (1.3-3) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...

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