APT package management notes

Tips and tricks on package management for APT based distributions such as Debian.

To install package foobar:

apt-get install foobar

When installing a package you may be informed of:

  • Extra packages are dependencies of what you are installing and will also be installed.
  • Recommended packages are needed or recommended for normal use of what you are installing, but the package will work without it. Some apt frontends install these by default.
  • Suggested packages are things the packager thought you might find useful in conjunction with what you are installing.

To uninstall package foobar:

apt-get remove foobar

To automatically removed orphaned packages — that is, packages that were installed as dependencies of something that has since been removed:

apt-get autoremove

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