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The Basic Debian Tools

The Debian package apt-howto is a good place to start with understanding the apt (for Advanced Packaging Tools) suite of tools. Once installed browse the file /usr/share/doc/apt-howto/en/index.html.

Also, see the Debian FAQ at In particular, Section 6 deals with the Packaging system. The Advanced Package Tool (apt) is the recommended way of managing packages under Debian. The command line interface is apt-get but it is also used within wajig dselect, deity, and aptitude. See for a great introduction to apt-get. Also see /usr/share/doc/apt/offline.html/index.html on your local Debian machine for using apt off line.

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