error messages installing .deb file

Yagnesh Desai ynd at
Tue Jan 9 03:40:46 UTC 2007

Dear Weaver;

I have writen a small How To kind of doc on installing
software offline. (its a by newbie hence mostly
screen shots) you can get it from:

I wanted this procedure to be a wiki so that further experts
can add to it and we can have a great howto . . .

Any way try to learn from it.

Then there is this great website

where once you put the package name it gives the list
and link to all the dependancies. You can download
them and can start installing them one by one.

The trick here is to know which all .deb files you will need
to install the complete package. Keep them into 1 directory and
dpkg all of them.

you may even try
$ dpkg -i ./*.deb
If you know that the current directory have all the necessary
.deb files.

The warning here is that if few of the .deb files are
missing then your package might not get installed properly
here you have to be very careful to remove this package
I tried to remove it and due to chain reaction of dependancies
my whole K-Desktop environment got removed. Hence try installing
the package but do not remove any broken package.



Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2007 16:25:16 +0000
From: MICHAEL WEAVER <michaelweaver1 at>
Subject: Re: error messages installing .deb file
To: "Ubuntu user technical support,    not for general discussions"
    <ubuntu-users at>
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You are right.
I was trying to install the Network Manager package off-line.
I kept getting some kind of dependency problem, something about not
being able to install libnl1-pre6, or something like that, libnm-util
and there was a third file it couldn't seem to install so obviously it
was a dependency error.
I tried the suggested command on the wikki only I got the same thing
when I did the command to install the package.
I installed Edgy in December at my Linux group but didn't get chance to
update it from when it was installed so it might be missing things which
might be the problem.

Yagnesh Desai wrote:
> Dear Weaver;
> What I use to do was from the Nautilus double click
> the .deb file and it would try installing using
> Package Manager where the error are easy to Ctrl+C
> and Ctrl+V into a text editor like openoffice writer.
> You are not using apt-get install hence it seems that
> you are trying to install the package on the
> m/c without internet connection is it true. . . ?
> If yes then post your question to get help
> on installing doing it offline.
> Regards
> Yagnesh
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> Date: Sun, 07 Jan 2007 18:46:25 +0000
> From: MICHAEL WEAVER <michaelweaver1 at>
> Subject: error messages installing .deb file
> To: ubuntu-users at
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> Does anyone know a way of copying text in Terminal to the clipboard so I
> can paste it into a document in Openoffice Writer or whatever thing for
> reading text?
> I ask because with me being Totally Blind reviewing the error messages
> when I type the terminal command to install the package when trying to
> install Network Manager seems a bit long winded, it is not as simple as
> doing CTRLA and going into something like Nano or VI or even going back
> to the Gnome Desktop and pasting it into Writer and someone seemed a bit
> impatient with me as a new user because I couldn't say what the error
> messages were when trying to install this .deb package I got using
> Firefox in Windows.
> I started to write it out but I kept getting lost trying to review it.
> It was some kind of dependency error where files I think like libnl1.
> libnm-util or something like that and there was another package name
> wcouldn't be installed and it seemed to be questioning the need for
> these 3 files.
> I am still a bit of a Newby to Ubuntu and have only managed to install
> one package so far when I was at my LUG which was the S-Backup
> application which unfortunately didn't work with speech or it didn't
> with the early version of Orca I had.
> The chap trying to help me install Ubuntu on my Desktop took away my
> Edgy disk that I managed to burn to see if it was causing the problems I
> was having with installing it ie the Grub not being installed on the
> hard drive so I haven't got my Edgy Desktop CD and don't have any CDs to
> burn a new copy on as most of the disks I have are DVDs.


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