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Package Management Tools

The are several tools available on a Debian system for the management of packages and the package database. This is just a list of the commands related to the topic, to access complete information on the options and arguments used in each command, use the manpages.

A more complete list of tools may be obtained by installing the debtags package and typing:

aptitude search '~Gadmin::package-management~Gsuite::debian'

Tools for everyday use

Tools for advanced use


apt-utils contains some less used commandline utilities related to package management with APT.


devscripts provides several scripts to make the life of a Debian Package maintainer easier


dpkg-dev provides the development tools (including dpkg-source) required to unpack, build and upload Debian source packages.

Tools for managing a package repository

Alternative tools

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