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Re: does this /etc/apt/sources.list look okay?

Lynn Kilroy wrote:
> I wonder if my etc/apt/sources.list is okay?  It has nothing in it. 
> Is it missing anything?
> Also, what does it need to install X and a browser, so I can work on
> figuring stuff out off the web while I'm trying to install stuff? 
> Right now, the best I can do is copy stuff by writing down it's
> contents, restarting to Windows, then typing it all again.

If it has nothing in it, then no, it's not okay. However, I see that
you've typed "etc/apt/sources.list"; that's a totally different file (in
most cases) than "/etc/apt/sources.list". So is the above a typo, or did
you really mean "etc/apt/sources.list"?

Once you have a suitable "/etc/apt/sources.list" file, such as this:

> deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main non-free contrib
> deb http://security.debian.org stable/updates main contrib non-free

you can install X with the commands:

> aptitude update
> aptitude install x-window-system

If you want KDE or Gnome or Icewm, etc, you can add them with commands like:

> aptitude install icewm
> aptitude install kde
> aptitude install gnome


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