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Linux Command Reference: aptitude (Debian, Ubuntu)

aptitude is the menu-driven package manager for Debian-based Linux distributions (including Ubuntu and other derivatives).


Use the aptitude interface to install new packages, upgrade installed packages, and remove packages.


Note: The command-line driven apt-get may be used in place of aptitude where a menu-driven interface is not required.


Contents

Using aptitude

Enter aptitude from the console to enter the menu-driven package management interface.


Navigation

Package Selection

Commands


Install Packages

  1. Press u from the aptitude interface to update the list of packages available for installation
  2. Navigate the menu and press + to select the packages you wish to install
  3. Once you have selected all the packages you wish to install, press g to begin downloading and installing the package files


Upgrade Packages

  1. Press u from the aptitude interface to update the list of packages available for installation
  2. Press U to upgrade all packages which may be upgraded
  3. Press g to begin downloading and installing upgraded package files


Remove Packages

  1. Navigate the aptitude menu and press - to select the packages you wish to remove
  2. Press g to begin removing the packages


Related Commands

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