Paul L. Snyder on 25 Aug 2009 07:42:07 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] ubuntu apt_get

On Tue, 25 Aug 2009, Ron Kaye Jr wrote:

>    i am just getting up to speed on ubuntu
>    i want to install snort
>    i can of course download , expand tarball etc
>    can i use an apt_get command  to go out and grab it/ install it, etc?

You'll need to run apt-get with sudo in order to install the package.

  $ sudo apt-get install snort

If you don't know the exact name of the package you're trying to install,
try apt-cache, which will give you a list of matching packages.

  $ apt-cache search snort

This isn't directly relevant, but if you know the name of a file in a
package but not the name of the package, you can use apt-file to search
for it.  First install apt-file and update its database:

  $ sudo apt-get install apt-file
  $ sudo apt-file update

You can then search for packages containing a file:

  $ apt-file search /usr/sbin/snort

dpkg -S will also let you search for packages containing a file, but only
for packages already installed.  apt-file will search uninstalled packages
from your configured repositories.

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