Friday, 14 January 2011

Finding correct Ubuntu packages

I have ranted at length in earlier posts about the hassle of trying to install software from source on Ubuntu. What you end up with is a conflict between the Ubuntu package naming conventions and what the source code developer has put in its error messages. See for instance the texinfo/makeinfo nonsense here.

I have stumbled upon an excellent way to resolve this. What you do is go to, and then scroll down to the "Search the contents of packages" section.

In the "Keyword" box type in the name from the source code error - such as "makeinfo". In the dropdown list next to "Distribution" choose the version of Ubuntu you are running. Then hit "Search".

Hey presto, the third result is [/usr/bin/makeinfo] and the associated package is [texinfo]. Brilliant.

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