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Mepis and apt

  • January 24, 2005
  • By Rob Reilly

Go to the Mepis Linux Web site and download the live CD .iso file. Then burn a copy on a CD. Stick the CD in the CD reader on your target machine and reboot. Mepis might ask a few questions and then you are up and running live using the CD.

To install Mepis, you can simply click on the Mepis Installation icon on the left side of the desktop window. You'll be asked questions about usernames, networking and so on. When you're all done, just reboot and log back in as a user.

Apt stands for Advanced Packaging Tool and is a suite of programs that Debian uses to manage program dependencies.

In order for apt to do it's job, which is to go out and get files from a server or other media, the sources of packages need to be listed in a file named /etc/apt/sources.list. Of course you'll also need a web-connected version (or variant like Mepis) of Debian running on your machine.

You can change the sources.lists to reflect servers specific to a distribution. Mepis has a couple of lines for Mepis specific packages.

The apt-get update should always be used after a sources.list change to update the local lists of files that track which packages are installed, which are available, etc.

The main part of apt that we'll be talking about is apt-get. Apt-get takes care of installing, upgrading and removing programs.

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