Install GUI Package Manager on the Raspberry Pi
Posted on January 20th, 2016
If you’re new to Linux you may find the apt-get (Advance Package Tool) command for installing application through the net a little intimidating.
The command prompt is a very powerful tool, but it’s not to everyone’s taste or sometimes you just want to use a desktop environment. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
That’s where Synaptic comes in. A nice graphical interface to atp-get allowing you to manage your application installations through the desktop.
Install Synaptic on the Raspberry Pi
To install run the following from the Terminal:
sudo apt-get install synaptic
Hit ‘y’ to any prompts.
Running Synaptic Package Manager on the Raspberry Pi
Open a terminal window from within the desktop and run:
Or from the following desktop menu:
Preferences > Synaptic Package Manger
Help! Synaptic Will Not Run When Launched From the Menu
If you find Synaptic launches when run from the Terminal but not from the menu; it’s probably a permissions issue.
When running from the Terminal you’re actively giving it the permission it needs with they keyword gksudo.
If you right click and hit properties on the menu item, you see it’s missing this keyword. It probably looks just like:
To fix this open up a Terminal window and enter:
sudo nano /usr/share/applications/synaptic.desktop
Change this line:
Ctrl X and save. You can now run Synaptic on your Raspberry Pi from the Terminal or menu.