This manual describes version 0.53 of Synaptic Package Manager.
Copyright © 2003,2004 Sebastian Heinlein
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The Synaptic Package Manager enables you to install software onto your computer and to manage the software, that is already installed. The software is bundled in so called packages. A single application can even exist of several packages: e.g. the Mozilla Internet Suite is packaged to mozilla-browser, that contains the actual browser, and mozilla-mail , that contains the mail client (this example refers to Debian GNU/Linux and can be different on your distribution).
Nearly all applications reuse the functionality of other applications or libraries (libraries only provide functions to other libraries or applications and are no stand alone applications) to avoid doubled efforts. So the most packages depend on other packages. The Synaptic Package Manager resolves the dependencies for you automatically.
Technically the Synaptic Package Manager is based on the package manager APT and provides functions, that are similar to the ones of the command line tool apt-get in a graphical environment.
In detail Synaptic Package Manager provides the following features:
Install, remove, configure, upgrade and downgrade single and multiple packages.
Upgrade your whole system.
Manage package repositories.
Search packages by name, description and several other attributes.
Select packages by status, section, name or a custom filter.
Sort packages by name, status, size or version.
Browse all available online documentation related to a package.
Lock packages to the current version.
Force the installation of a specific package version.
You need root rights to install or remove software packages on your computer.
You can start Synaptic Package Manager in the following ways:
Choose→ → .
To start Synaptic Package Manager from a command line type the following , then press Return:
You can render your system unusable.
Synaptic allows you to perform changes on the core of your system.
Always use Synaptic Package Manager with care.