Posted by: jasonk2600 | January 3, 2010

Tips: Debian GNU/Linux Aptitude Basics

Installing, maintaining, and removing software is made simple with the Aptitude software package management utility included in the basic Debian GNU/Linux setup.  Below are a few of the very basic tasks that Aptitude can perform.

Searching for a software package by name:

# aptitude search PackageName | less


Installing a software package:

# aptitude install PackageName


Keeping installed software packages up-to-date:

# aptitude update
# aptitude safe-upgrade


Cleaning out outdated and unnecessary software package archives:

# aptitude autoclean


Completely removing an installed software package:

# aptitude purge PackageName





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