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|There are currently over '''59 000 [[Software|software packages]]''' available for Debian – everything from the Linux kernel to games. And this number has been growing with every release.||There are many [[Software|software packages]] available for Debian – everything from the Linux kernel to games. And this number has been growing with every release.|
Much of why Debian is a strong Linux distribution comes from its package management. Everything in Debian – every application, every component – everything – is built into a package.
There are many software packages available for Debian – everything from the Linux kernel to games. And this number has been growing with every release.
The Apt (Advanced Package Tool) package management system is a set of tools to download, install, remove, upgrade, configure and manage Debian packages, and therefore all software installed on your Debian system.
Installing, removing, upgrading software
To manage installed software, use a package manager:
PackageManagementTools - List of package managers and related tools
DebianUpgrade - How to upgrade from a Debian release to another
SourcesList - edit packages sources (repositories)
PackageInstallTips - Package management tips
AptConfiguration - Apt configuration and pinning
UnattendedUpgrades - Automatically install latest security (and other) upgrades
PackageManagement/Preseed - preconfigure Debian packages before installation
PackageManagement/Searching - Searching for packages
DebianPackageManagement - advanced topics on Debian package management
SecureApt - Authenticate packages against cryptographic signatures
Debian package documentation
Every Debian package installs its documentation under /usr/share/doc/packagename. Check this directory for more information on a specific package.
All programs provided by Debian packages come with their own ManPage.
DebianRepository/Setup - summarizes the process of setting up a Debian package repository
DebianRepository - Debian package repository
DebianRepository/Format - Debian package repository format
DebianRepository/UseThirdParty - Instructions to connect to a third-party repository
Packaging - Information relevant to developers wishing to package software for Debian.
https://www.debian.org/Bugs/ - information on finding, reporting and fixing bugs in Debian packages
AptProtocol - Installing packages by clicking on links with apt:// URLs
All wiki pages related to package management: