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Old 02-01-2009, 09:11 AM   #1
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Question installing multiple packages and dependencies offline

How can I install multiple packages and dependencies if:

computer A - offline debian system, won't be online even for few seconds
computer B - online non-debian linux, i want to use it to download packages

Tried dpkg -i but this won't work well, because packages need many dependencies. Wanted to try with apt-zip but to generate fetch script it needs to apt-get update... and to do this i need to go online on debian box.

Any idea about scripts that i could run on non-debian box? Or maybe debian livecd with apt-zip or similar package already preinstalled?
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First of all, are those computers connected? I am sure they're not otherwise its just about setting gateaway

If they're not gonna get connected ever, a simple way is there. Download all debian packages... (liek 18k packages are available to d/l in dvd iso format) and then you'll need to create local repository

if you create local repository all dependencies will be surely resolved from inside.. :-)
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or other variants should do

Even the manual way of copying /var/cache... across can help (use apt-get on the offline system as well)
Old 02-01-2009, 10:21 AM   #4
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thanks for help, cd repo is great idea but... it won't work because debian box is eee pc and i don't have external cd drive . i have usb key xP


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