Chapter 3. Package Management

THIS CHAPTER WILL BEGIN WITH a discussion of packages in general while focusing on the core features of packages and package management systems that cross most GNU/Linux distributions. In this discussion, I will attempt to explain what packages are and what a package management system does. While I’ll turn to examples from Ubuntu throughout, this discussion will focus on building a strong conceptual grounding. After establishing a solid grounding, I’ll introduce Debian packages—the types of packages that Ubuntu uses—and give a brief view of the very different types of packages: source packages and binary packages. The majority of the rest of the chapter will focus on package management in Ubuntu using the ...

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