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Re: Wish to install lpr.

On Sun, Oct 06, 2002 at 06:31:24PM -0400, infotechsys wrote:
> I used Steve Hunger's CD to install potatoe on

Potato's a bit old, why not upgrade to Woody?

> my son's cpu. When I entered command "lpstat"
> the reply was that the command was not known.
> So, I entered "dpkg -s *" and the following lines appeared-
> Package: lpr
> Status: install ok not-installed
> Priorty: standard
> Section: net

lpstat is in lprng and cupsys-client, not lpr

> I'm not sure what this is telling me.

The package lpr is properly installed, unfortunately you are trying to
use a command that is in a different (&& !installed) package.

> I would have assumed that this package would have
> been installed. Can I install it from this CD? I don't
> have my internet connection yet.

If the CD has lprng or cupsys. You should probably try something other
than lpr anyway, its getting a bit old.

> I'm trying to print some of documentation on Debian
> so I may learn how to use dpkg, dselect, and apt.After
> reading some of the man pages on these tools I'm
> a little confuse as to how these tools are interrelated or are they?

They are related.

> Can someone give me a brief history as to which tool
> came first, so that I can put these tools into prospective.

dpkg came first. It was around in 1995. Then came dselect, a frontend to
dpkg, and it came out later in 1995. apt is the newest of the three
listed. It came out in 1999. If you want to use a frontend instead of
the command line, my suggestion would be to use aptitude. If you want to
use the command line, use apt. aptitude is a frontend to apt (and these
days, dselect is also). apt calculates dependencies and will install
packages to meet them. dpkg does the actual installation/removal of
packages. IMHO dselect is an annoying frontend, aptitude is a not as
annoying frontend.


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