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labbe5

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul 2018, 21:11    Post subject:  Xara-GTK
Subject description: installing apps with a powerful search tool
 

Lesser known than Synaptic, Xara-GTK is a GUI for installing apps, and is available in Ubuntu repositories for Dog users.

To install via APT : apt install xara-gtk.

If you do not find it in your menu, open a terminal and launch the GUI typing xara.

RATIONALE
Debian users can easily install software with the commands dselect or apt-get install.
They can choose (on Debian 3.1 unstable) from over 30,000 packages. Finding the right
package can be quite difficult. Although packages are categorized in crude sections,
there are still too many packages and reading all descriptions is out of the question.

The database files are huge and their mail-like syntax makes them hard to search with
line-oriented tools like grep. There exist commands such as dpkg-iasearch(1) or
dpkg-dctrl(1) but their capabilities are limited. Graphical package management tools such
as aptitude or synaptic have search capabilities. Although ara can call apt to install or
remove packages, its orientation is that of a powerful search tool. Indeed, the name ara
comes from the imperative form of the Turkish verb aramak which means "to search".


Further reading :
https://alternativeto.net/software/xara-gtk/
http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/trusty/man1/xara.1.html
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