Tuesday, January 15, 2013

GDebi: Local deb Installs & Dependencies

Installing a Debian package downloaded locally and trying to install via dpkg -i filename.deb failed because of missing dependencies. dpkg will not download dependencies from the internet for you. You would have to determine what they are and download them, install them, then install the main Debian package. Fun.

Synaptic, apt-get, aptitude, none of them will install (with automatically downloaded dependencies) local packages for you.

Enter GDebi:
gdebi is a simple tool to install deb files. It lets you install local [Debian] packages resolving [downloading, if needed] and installing its dependencies.

Gnome & KDE versions available for Ubuntu:

gdebi: simple tool to install deb files - GNOME GUI
gdebi-core: simple tool to install deb files
gdebi-kde: simple tool to install deb files - KDE GUI
So there you have it. Install gdebi from apt-get, Synaptic, etc. and proceed with your local installs with gdebi. GUI or command line (man gdebi).

Distro: XUbuntu 12.10
GDebi: 0.8.5ubuntu1.1

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