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    how to get a list of all software available for installation

    Hi ,

    Which command can i use in terminal to get list of all software available for installation

    For Ex -

    To install Adobe Flash Player i used sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

    Similarly i want to install gtalk , skype etc ,how can i get package name

    Tried apt-cache but it didn't worked ,

    apt-cache search skype
    pidgin-skype - Skype plugin for libpurple messengers
    pidgin-skype-dbg - Skype plugin for libpurple messengers (debug symbols)
    earcandy - Sound level manager for PulseAudio


    Thanks In Advance

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    Re: how to get a list of all software available for installation

    Running 'apt-cache search' would have worked if Skype was in the Ubuntu repositories, but it isn't.

    To install Skype you need to download the .deb file from their website...
    http://www.skype.com/en/download-sky...-for-computer/
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    Re: how to get a list of all software available for installation

    You would have to enable the repositories that contain those packages. For example, if you wanted to install the googletalk plugin, you'd have to add the google repo to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:
    Code:
    deb http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/ stable main
    Then you can:
    Code:
    apt-cache search google-talk
    Same goes for skype. Skype is found in the partner repository:
    Code:
    deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner

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    Re: how to get a list of all software available for installation

    Rather than adding those repositories to the sources file manually with a text editor, you could use the add-apt-repository command, like this:

    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository 'deb http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/ stable main'
    Whichever way you add the sources, you will need to run
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    before apt-cache will find the packages from the new source.
    Last edited by newb85; July 1st, 2013 at 02:50 AM.
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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    Re: how to get a list of all software available for installation

    Quote Originally Posted by newb85 View Post
    Rather than adding those repositories to the sources file manually with a text editor, you could use the add-apt-repository command, like this:

    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository 'deb http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/ stable main'
    Whichever way you add the sources, you will need to run
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    before apt-cache will find the packages from the new source.
    When did sudo apt-get update

    Got below warning/error ,

    W: Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugi...stable/Release Unable to find expected entry 'main/source/Sources' in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file)

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.


    bdss@ubuntu:/etc/apt$ cat sources.list
    # /etc/apt/sources.list

    deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted universe multiverse
    deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-security main restricted universe multiverse
    deb http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/ stable main
    deb-src http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/ stable main

    deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted universe multiverse

    Still seems like its installed

    apt-get install google-talkplugin

    dpkg -l google-talkplugin
    Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
    | Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
    |/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
    ||/ Name Version Description
    +++-===========================-===========================-================================================== ====================
    ii google-talkplugin 4.0.3.0-1 Google Talk Plugin

    But i don't find any option to launch it

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    Re: how to get a list of all software available for installation

    That's exactly how it looked on my Raring system last night when I tested it, and it worked. Perhaps there's something in the format of that entry that Precise's version of apt doesn't recognize? (I've never seen one that didn't contain the name of the release before this thread.)

    Anyone else have ideas?
    Jane, stop this crazy thing!

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    Re: how to get a list of all software available for installation

    It if doesn't have a release name in the line, it just means that it's supposed to work on all releases. The google-talkplugin is not an actual program that runs on its own. It's a web browser plugin to enable video chatting through Google Talk.

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