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PCQLinux has a large number of software packages that make up the distribution. Also each of these packages have a ton of dependencies that need to be resolved before it can be installed. And when it comes to updating a package and its dependencies, it is a different matter altogether in terms of complexity. For a network, the system administrator should setup a package and dependency download server that acts as an update server.

However, if yours is the only such machine you need to be able to manage the installed packages yourself. And this is where a graphical package manager like Synaptic really helps. We use Synaptic as the update manager for PCQLinux 2006.

Synaptic: 
PCQLinux Workstation installs come with the Synaptic package manager that is to be used for update management. Lite desktop installs use Yum for update management 

Managing installed  packages
When you start up Synaptic, you will see a list of packages that are installed and available on your system. You can manage this list by sorting, searching and filtering them.

Once you have selected the package you are interested in, a bried description of the package is shown. You can then decide whether to upgrade, reinstall or delete this package. In the case of a delete, Synaptic will warn you if there are any other packages which depend on this particular one.

Installing packages
To install a package, simply select the .deb or .rpm file and it will work out the dependencies for it. If it finds the dependencies in any of the registered repositories, it will also install these in the correct order to.

Adding Repositories
You can add more repositories from where to pick up updated and new application packages as well as do automatic dependency resolving. For this, select Settings | Repositories | New. Enter the required URL of the repository and other details and save it.

Once this is done, click the 'Reload' button to get the online repository list as well as the locally installed package with version listing.

Using the different search filters, you can upgrade individual packages, the full system or install new packages from the repositories.

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