BCE-O535 Linux and Shell Programming

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Module 4 Software Management

Introduction to Package Management

Definitiocat /etc/apt/sources. Listn and Purpose:

  • Package management is a system used to automate the process of installing, upgrading, configuring, and removing software packages on a Unix-based operating system.
  • Its primary purpose is to simplify software installation and management by handling dependencies and providing a consistent way to manage software across different systems.

Benefits of Package Management:

  • Dependency Resolution: Package managers automatically handle dependencies, ensuring that all required libraries and components are installed.
  • Centralized Repository: Packages are stored in repositories, making it easy to access and manage a wide range of software.
  • Version Control: Package managers keep track of versions, making it simple to update or rollback software.
  • Security Updates: Package managers often provide mechanisms for applying security patches and updates.
  • Consistency: Ensures that software installations are consistent across different environments.