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Postby FDF on Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:02 pm

Hi,

I am using LMDE since more than one year.
Since the last major update, it seems many packages are no more available
I was trying to find BOINC. Nothing appears with synaptic.
I have had the same problem with some other small tools I was wanting to try, but I forget which package as it was not so important.
However, that's strange, especially with the LMDE as it is Debian based and should be very wide open. So I guess the problem is on my side, but I have no idea where to start to solve it.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Missing packages

Postby xenopeek on Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:07 am

You can usually trace these kind of questions using Debian PTS. For example for BOINC: http://packages.qa.debian.org/b/boinc.html. In the log you can see that BOINC was removed from the testing repository from mid May till early August this year. If the UP you are on was built in that period, it wouldn't include BOINC as it wasn't available in the Debian testing repository at that time. UP6 will be released before the end of this year, so it looks like BOINC will return soon.
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Re: Missing packages

Postby FDF on Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:39 am

Hi,

Thanks for your answer.
I am not used to Debian PTS. Even written I am not sure I would have noticed as I am not familiar with the process.
If I face again this surprising "missing package" I will have a look to try to understand by myself.

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Re: Missing packages

Postby refp16 on Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:23 pm

Hi, I have this problem also.

In my particular case, I'm want to install install gitk. Git is already installed. I search for gitk in Synaptic and nothing shows up. I searched for gitk in the PTS webpage mentioned in a previous post and it took me to the git (notice no K) entry (http://packages.qa.debian.org/g/git.html) . There, I looked at the gitk binary link which is http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gitk. I then looked at NOT-unstable versions (e.g. wheezy) but can't figure out how the information there can help me solve the problem.

I then tried downloading manually the gitk file which took me to this page http://packages.debian.org/wheezy/all/gitk/download which mentions:

"If you are running Debian, it is strongly suggested to use a package manager like aptitude or synaptic to download and install packages, instead of doing so manually via this website.

You should be able to use any of the listed mirrors by adding a line to your /etc/apt/sources.list like this:

deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian wheezy main

Replacing ftp.de.debian.org/debian with the mirror in question."

Instead of continuing with the manual dowanload/install, I tried adding a repository but even after adding I don't get any relevant result when searching for gitk in Synaptic.

My sources.list file looks like this:

deb ftp://ftp.pucpr.br/linuxmint/ debian main upstream import
deb http://debian.lth.se/lmde/latest testing main contrib non-free
deb http://debian.lth.se/lmde/latest/security testing/updates main contrib non-free
deb http://debian.lth.se/lmde/latest/multimedia testing main non-free
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian wheezy main
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian wheezy main

The last two lines are the additional repositories I was talking about.

What's going on here? Why can't I find this package in the mint repositories? Why can't I find it in Debian repositories?

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Re: Missing packages

Postby refp16 on Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:51 pm

I did
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sudo apt-get update


and afterwards

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sudo apt-get install gitk


and it worked fine.

(I had tried apt-get install before doing the update and it didn't work:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package gitk is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
)

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