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Re: how to install metapackages


I couldn't find them with dpkg

$ dpkg -l science\*
No packages found matching science*.
$ dpkg -l 'science*'
No packages found matching science*.
$ dpkg -l 'science-*'
No packages found matching science-*.

However I found them with;
$ apt-cache policy science*


From: Yaroslav Halchenko <debian@onerussian.com>
To: Charles Russell <worwor@bellsouth.net>
Cc: debian-science@lists.debian.org
Sent: Monday, January 9, 2012 8:18 AM
Subject: Re: how to install metapackages

meta-packages are just regular packages with nearly no load -- just a
list  of depends/recommends.  Each task in
gets its own meta-package... e.g.:

$> dpkg -l science\*     
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                                              Version                                          Description
un  science-astronomy                                <none>                                            (no description available)
un  science-astronomy-dev                            <none>                                            (no description available)
un  science-bci                                      <none>                                            (no description available)
un  science-biology                                  <none>                                            (no description available)
un  science-chemistry                                <none>                                            (no description available)
un  science-config                                    <none>                                            (no description available)
un  science-dataacquisition                          <none>                                            (no description available)
un  science-distributedcomputing                      <none>                                            (no description available)

so I could install any of them regularly (apt-get, aptitude, etc)

On Sun, 08 Jan 2012, Charles Russell wrote:

> http://wiki.debian.org/DebianScience has a nice list of metapackages
> but I can't find any explanation of how to install them.  I don't
> see anything that looks like a package name to use with dpkg.
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