Help: how can I reinstall kicker in debian?


I want to customerise a Knoppix on my PC, and removed kicker accidentally. when I tried to use apt-get to install it , I got the following error:

apt-get install kicker

Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
Package kicker is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
E: Package kicker has no installation candidate

I run dpkg-query -l kicker, got the followin result:

| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name Version Description
rc kicker 3.2.2-1 KDE Desktop Panel

What can I do now?

I already mount the proc and set the ifconfig, so I can access internet. I have another Knoppix cd which has the kicker package, but I don't know how to get it from that cd. I am a new guy for Debian, any help are deeply appreciated.

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kicker is not the real package name,

try this: apt-cache search kicker

you'll get a result

then: apt-get intstall result

or: dpkg-reconfigure result

hope this helps
jackiechen858Author Commented:
I believe kicker is its real name cause I used "apt-get remove kicker" to remove it. I tried apt-cache , In my another knoppix environment with kicker, I got the following result:

root@ttyp1[root]# apt-cache search kicker
gaim - multi-protocol instant messaging client
kicker - KDE Desktop Panel

In the knoppix I am working on,  I got this result:

root@ttyp0[root]# apt-cache search kicker
gaim - multi-protocol instant messaging client

I then tried dpkg-reconfigure kicker
root@ttyp0[root]# dpkg-reconfigure kicker
/usr/sbin/dpkg-reconfigure: kicker is broken or not fully installed

I think the problem is since I already deleted the package from this enviroment, how can I get it ?  In redhat, I can download a rpm, then install it, how can I do the same thing on debian? looks like the apt-cache thing only search the local OS, not internet to find a package?

jackiechen858Author Commented:
ok, I found the problem. I need to run apt-get update.

then I can do
apt-get install kicker

But when I run apt-get update, looks like it's downloaded a lots of data to my hd, so probably It will cause a lots of space on my CD.

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The problem is that  kicker is not in your apt repository.

Do a search for kicker on
Add the line for the kicker package to /etc/apt/sources.list
then do
#apt-get update    
#apt-get install kicker

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jackiechen858Author Commented:
Thanks your anwser, give you a B cause you are a little late :-)
Damn - off by 4 minutes...

apt-get update just downloads current package lists for the repositories you already have (a few MB) - it replaces the old ones on your HD so it shouldn't take much space at all.

Of course it's best to do an "apt-get update" before you add additional links to sources.list, just to make sure the package is actually missing.
If it is, the program can usually be found on
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