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Managing Debian Software with APT (apt-get etc)
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5.3 How to install packages "on demand"

You're compiling a program and, all of a sudden, boom! There's an error because it needs a .h file you don't have. The program auto-apt can save you from such scenarios. It asks you to install packages if they're needed, stopping the relevant process and continuing once the package is installed.

What you do, basically, is run:

     # auto-apt run command

Where `command' is the command to be executed that may need some unavailable file. For example:

     # auto-apt run ./configure

It will then ask to install the needed packages and call apt-get automatically. If you're running X, a graphical interface will replace the default text interface.

Auto-apt keeps databases which need to be kept up-to-date in order for it to be effective. This is achieved by calling the commands auto-apt update, auto-apt updatedb and auto-apt update-local.


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