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Old 07-22-2005, 09:52 AM   #1
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apt-get question

Hey ya'll,

This may sound stupid, but I'm sure you will understand when I explain the situation. I'm playing around with Debian types (Ubuntu, Mepis), and have a question about Apt-get, Synaptic, etc.

I'm on 56k dialup at home, so software dl's are awful. I've got Win2k on a T1 at work. Is there any kind of apt-get, synaptic, or something along that line, for Windows? Wait, before you laugh, listen...I'd like to somehow be able to get my package list on my linux box at home, put it on disk, take it to the office, have an apt-related program be able to check that list against the repos, and d/l to the windows machine. Then be able to transport it back to my linux box and install.

I'm still trying to get a handle on the apt methodology, but I thought I'd ask...


PS: if anyone thinks of suggesting a live boot cd at work somehow with a list, it won't work (they let me dl things to local machine, but we can't boot a live CD off). Thanks.
Old 07-22-2005, 12:14 PM   #2
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Hi! Geocritter:

I think you want to use the faster (T1) internet of your office to update the Linux at home with slow internet, right?

I think there are two ways to do it.
(1) Use mobile rack like box for both hard disks, Windows at office and MEPIS Linux at home,
You carry Linux hard disks to work, switch the hard disk and update before you off work.
Bring the Linux back home and use the updated application packages.
(2) At home, only use command "apt-get update" to get the update list. Don't use "apt-get upgrade". Save the list in text file.
At office, download the package according to the list, and store those .deb files to something like Flash memory USB card. When you back home, mount the USB card and install them.

Maybe there are other ways, but I can not figure out now.

Best Regards

Eddy Lo
Old 07-22-2005, 05:31 PM   #3
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In /var/cache/apt/available are the available packages.
apt-get upgrade --simulate > for.downloading
to see what you need to download, copy the two files to some fdd/cd/whatever and download them from the winbows box


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