How To Install APT 1.2.10 On Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus And Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf

APT (Advanced Package Tool) is the default package manager of Debian, Ubuntu and their derivative systems.

Starting with APT 1.0, the package manager has received the new features:

  • apt list displays the installed and upgradable packages, similar output dpkg -l
  • apt search searches in theĀ  local repositories for packages, similar to apt-cache search, but displays the packages in alphabetical order
  • apt show displays information about packages, like apt-cache show, but displays a simplified output
  • apt update updates the local repository index, like apt-get update, but displays colored output
  • apt install installs packages from th repositories like apt-get install, but adds a progress bar
  • apt remove installs packages from th repositories like apt-get remove, but adds a progress bar
  • apt full-upgrade does the same as apt-get dist-upgrade
  • apt edit-sources opens the /etc/apt/sources.list file, in the default editor.

The latest version available is APT 1.2.10, which brings the below changes:

  • test-apt-download-progress: Use a larger file for testing
  • Allow lowering trust level of a hash via config
  • Use systemd.timer instead of a cron job
  • Use buffered writing for InRelease splitting

Installation instructions:

The latest version of the APT package manager is available via PPA and provides packages only for Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf.

So, to install up to date APT packages, we need to add the ppa to our system, update the local repository index and install the apt package:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deity/sid
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install apt

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