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Asked by Kevin on 2008-09-17

i have been given a mini book that runs Debian. I have just installed the terminal window on this so that i can run command line installs. I see that everything is packaged in Deb files and i will need to have dpkg or apt installed. My question is very simply ... which version of apt should i down load and where is the standard home for these files /etc or /bin


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Kevin, dpkg and apt are in your Debian system already. If you want to know how to use these tools you should check de man pages by typing: man apt in your terminal.

Wikipedia has this information about apt:

Hope this help you

Andrew (and471) said : #2

Umm.. this is an answer tracker for Ubuntu, a Debian derivative, you may get more help posting in a Debian place, like:

Debian should come with apt & dpkg already installed however.

Kevin (kevin-kozak) said : #3

thanks to both of you. Unfortunately this machine has none of the standard features of Debian, I will definatly look at the sites you recommended.

Thomas Kluyver (takluyver) said : #4

Hi Kevin

If the device supports installing .deb packages, then it will already have some program capable of handling them.

On the other hand, it may be that it's designed for simplistic operation, without the user installing anything extra. If this is the case, and you want to play around, you'll need to install a more complete Linux distribution. Have a search on the web for information about how to do this.

Kevin (kevin-kozak) said : #5

Looks like the answer to me. Thanks for all your help with this. Anyone has a suggestion of which version will run best on one of these puppies. It has a mips processor if that makes any difference