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Overview of apt commands

apt-get update 
Download package lists. Packages change several times daily, so do this often.
apt-get dist-upgrade 
Update all packages.
apt-get install  
Install/upgrade specific package(s) (and its dependencies, if missing any).
apt-get mirror-select 
Choose repositories and mirrors for use with apt (fedora.us specific extension).
apt-cache search  
Search all known packages entries (descriptions etc) for word.
apt-cache show  
Show basic information about a package.

Ref: http://www.fedora.us/wiki/FedoraHOWTO

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