Installing Synaptic

For : MEPIS Linux

by : je.saist

One of the advantages Debian Linux carries is the apt-get application.  But there are literally thousands of packages or programs that users can download with apt-get.  How does one find the program they need or want?  What if one does not want to use the command line to get programs?  Well, Synaptic is a cross desktop utility for Debian that allows a GUI interface to download from apt-get.  While Synaptic used to be in MEPIS, recent releases have seen the programs disappearance from MEPIS.  No big surprise as Kpackage does the same thing under KDE.  Not everybody uses KDE though.  So lets get started on Synaptic.


1: To get started, lets open up Konsole.  It is currently under Most used Applications





2: Once Konsole loads, type su





3: Type in the root password





4: Now type in apt-get update





5: Updating apt-get makes sure we get the most recent revision of synaptic.





6: Now type apt-get install synaptic





7: Apt-Get will ask if we want to continue.  Type Y for yes.





8: When apt-get finishes, close Konsole





9: Now, open up Konsole again.





10: Now, back in user mode, type update-menus





11: Now close Konsole.





12: Now to find Synaptic.  It currently is up in Applications, under Browse all.





13: Go over to Apps and move down to System





14: Now all of the system apps should be visible.





15: Click on Synaptic Package Manager





16: Synaptic will ask root mode before even opening. Type in the root password





17: And Synaptic is loaded.





18: Now to make Synaptic easier to get to.  Right click on the K-menu





19: Choose Menu Editor





20: And there is our menu editor for K-Menu.





21: Hit the + sign next to Applications, then Browse All, then System





22: Find Synaptic Package Manager and copy





23: Now continue down the page until you locate system.





24: Paste





25: Oops... look like I went a little heavy on the pasting.





26: Once the Synaptic Package Manger is in the System Menu, close.  K-Menu will prompt to Save.





27: Now Synaptic should be seen in the K-menu under System




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