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Old 04-01-2006, 12:22 PM   #1
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Question how to use .deb files????

hi all, i'm here useing ubuntu with kde and gnome installed and i've had a problem with opening .deb files. u see what happens i double click on the file it opens arcive manger and says the arcive tpye is unsupported. then i went over to kde and used ark and it said that it needed some file called "ar".

ya so i'd love any help
Old 04-01-2006, 12:26 PM   #2
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sudo dpkg install whatever-name-it-is.deb
should work, no guarantees of course
Old 04-01-2006, 01:25 PM   #3
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open a terminal up and change to the directory whgere the .deb file is e.g cd /the/directory/to/the/file
then type sudo dpkg install whatever-name-it-is.deb

then that will install it, it wont however deal with dependences, you will need to do them manually. Best bet is if it complains after tht it has unmet dependences open up synaptic and use the fix dependences optons and let it do its thing.
Old 04-11-2006, 01:02 PM   #4
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hey thanks but how do u fix dependences in synaptic the only thing i saw was fix brocken packeges
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Yeah, choose fix broken packages, that will fix the dependencies of the package that is broken (ie missing libs).


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