Manage Debian and Ubuntu Systems with Wajig

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jan 11, 2013 GMT
Dmitri Popov

Debian and Ubuntu-based Linux distributions offer a wide range of tools for administering the system. For example, you can install packages using the apt-get and dpkg tools, while the apt-cache tool can come in handy for finding specific packages. Then there is the wget utility that can be used to fetch files and archives from remote servers. But to get the most out of these and other tools, you have to learn each and every one of them. wajig offers a solution to the problem. This Python-based tool provides a simplified interface to many system administration tools, making it easier to handle daily computing chores. wajig is available in the official Debian and Ubuntu software repositories, and it can be installed by running the apt-get install wajig command as root.

In many ways, using wajig is not very different from using other tools. For example, the wajig install command can be used to install packages, while the wajig update command updates the sources. Need to upgrade the system? Then use the wajig dist-upgrade command. These are just a few examples to whet your appetite, and wajig features a long list of commands that let you perform all essential system administration tasks. Better still, wajig is very well documented, and you can find comprehensive documentation at the project's website.

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