Howto: Installing .local deb packages with apt-get

Scott Lockwood scott at
Wed May 16 20:25:57 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-05-16 at 23:04 +0300, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> > sudo apt-get install <package_name>
> >
> Will that install a local .deb file? 

That depends.

IF you:

Create a directory that you will use as a local repository, and also
add that directory to your /etc/apt/sources.list,

then yes, it will. 

Place the .deb's you want to install in the local directory where you
wish to store them, add it to your /etc/apt/sources.list, and then run
apt-get update, apt-get install <pkg-name>.

Here is an example of what the entry in /etc/apt/sources.list should
look like. Append it to the end of your /etc/apt/sources.list, and
modify it for your own purposes.

[NOTE: This example assumes you have created the
directory /usr/local/apt-packages, and that you are in fact storing your
locally created deb's there.]

# Local .debs
deb file:///usr/local/apt-packages/ ./

Scott Lockwood

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