Debian Package Manger

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To install a .deb file, become root and use the command:

   dpkg -i filename.deb 

Dpkg can also be used to:

   * dpkg –unpack: unpacks the file but does not install it
   * dpkg –configure: presents whatever configuration options are available for the package
   * dpkg –remove: removes a package

Some of the package manipulation commands are actually carried out by an application called dpkg-deb. In those cases, dpkg just acts as a front end to dpkg-deb and passes the commands to it.

Dpkg-deb can also be used to manipulate .deb files. Some of the more useful commands of dpkg-deb are:

   dpkg-deb –show filename.deb 

This will display the information for filename.deb. Normally, this is boring information like the application version (which is normally evident from the filename), but in some cases more interesting and useful information is displayed.

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