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    before I screw something up in terminal..

    Greetings all! I have finally installed kubuntu after hours of getting error messages but I would like to install ubuntu because that's what I was really trying to install(7.10 because 8.04 wouldn't work) and so I entered the following into the terminal: sudo aptitude get ubuntu-desktop This is what I received as a response:

    Actions (if none is specified, aptitude will enter interactive mode):

    install - Install/upgrade packages
    remove - Remove packages
    purge - Remove packages and their configuration files
    hold - Place packages on hold
    unhold - Cancel a hold command for a package
    markauto - Mark packages as having been automatically installed
    unmarkauto - Mark packages as having been manually installed
    forbid-version - Forbid aptitude from upgrading to a specific package version.
    update - Download lists of new/upgradable packages
    safe-upgrade - Perform a safe upgrade
    full-upgrade - Perform an upgrade, possibly installing and removing packages
    forget-new - Forget what packages are "new"
    search - Search for a package by name and/or expression
    show - Display detailed information about a package
    clean - Erase downloaded package files
    autoclean - Erase old downloaded package files
    changelog - View a package's changelog
    download - Download the .deb file for a package
    reinstall - Download and (possibly) reinstall a currently installed package

    Options:
    -h This help text
    -s Simulate actions, but do not actually perform them.
    -d Only download packages, do not install or remove anything.
    -P Always prompt for confirmation or actions
    -y Assume that the answer to simple yes/no questions is 'yes'
    -F format Specify a format for displaying search results; see the manual
    -O order Specify how search results should be sorted; see the manual
    -w width Specify the display width for formatting search results
    -f Aggressively try to fix broken packages.
    -V Show which versions of packages are to be installed.
    -D Show the dependencies of automatically changed packages.
    -Z Show the change in installed size of each package.
    -v Display extra information. (may be supplied multiple times)
    -t [release] Set the release from which packages should be installed
    -q In command-line mode, suppress the incremental progress indicators.
    -o key=val Directly set the configuration option named 'key'
    --with(out)-recommends Specify whether or not to treat recommends as
    strong dependencies
    -S fname Read the aptitude extended status info from fname.
    -u Download new package lists on startup.
    -i Perform an install run on startup.

    This aptitude does not have Super Cow Powers.
    maunykah@maunykah-linuxdesktop:~$ install
    install: missing file operand
    Try `install --help' for more information.
    maunykah@maunykah-linuxdesktop:~$


    What should I do next? Thanks for your time!!

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    Re: before I screw something up in terminal..

    Personally I would just download the ISO of 7.10. It is still available thru Ubuntu.com. It will also allow you to run it via LiveCD which is really good as a "just in case".
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    Re: before I screw something up in terminal..

    You're typing the wrong command.

    It is:

    Code:
    sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop
    Good luck!


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    Re: before I screw something up in terminal..

    I do.n't often use aptitude. So not sure your syntax error.

    I would use apt-get.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    Nothing is ever easy, but if it is difficult you must be doing it wrong.

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    Re: before I screw something up in terminal..

    Quote Originally Posted by volkswagner View Post
    I do.n't often use aptitude. So not sure your syntax error.

    I would use apt-get.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    I agree with you. atp-get is the better way to go (from what I hear...).
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    Re: before I screw something up in terminal..

    Quote Originally Posted by stalkier View Post
    I agree with you. atp-get is the better way to go (from what I hear...).
    I am an old Debian user and quite familiar with apt-get. This page does a good job of explaining why aptitude should be used on the command line, and definitely if you're not going to be running all of the ancillary apt-get commands to keep your system trim.

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/aptitude


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    Re: before I screw something up in terminal..

    Thanks for the responses everyone! While I was waiting I sort of just tried what is posted above without reading anything: sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop. Did I do a horrible thing by choosing aptitude instead of apt-get? I read in a thread that can be found here(I was searching for it but I couldn't find it yet) that it's better to use aptitude to get full updated packages or something of that nature..

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    Re: before I screw something up in terminal..

    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix180 View Post
    Thanks for the responses everyone! While I was waiting I sort of just tried what is posted above without reading anything: sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop. Did I do a horrible thing by choosing aptitude instead of apt-get? I read in a thread that can be found here(I was searching for it but I couldn't find it yet) that it's better to use aptitude to get full updated packages or something of that nature..
    no apt-get manages the apt packages and is pretty similar to apttitude. The only benifit of using one or the other is if you only use aptitiude perminantly and it will manage dependences a little better (by removing them).

    I think it is better to use apt-get as it is only 7 letters to type aptitide is 8 I think, and I can't spell apttitude anyways.

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    Re: before I screw something up in terminal..

    and instead of typing "get" you should use "install"

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