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What does caret (^) in Ubuntu's apt-get command mean?

Oct 25, 2010, 14:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shantanu Goel)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"If you have come across a tutorial or just someone on a forum who tells you to install something in Debian/Ubuntu that involves using apt-get, it is ok for you but when they tell you that you need to use a caret symbol (^) at the end, that's where you become curious. What is even more weird is that when you search for the name of the package that the given command seems to install cannot be found using apt-cache search. e.g. You will see this used most often when someone tells you how to install LAMP server setup (Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP) by using the command "sudo apt-get install lamp-server^"."

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