Installing .deb packages with apt-get

Larry Shields larry at
Wed May 16 20:39:56 UTC 2007

Dotan Cohen wrote:
> On 16/05/07, Cybe R. Wizard <cybe_r_wizard at> wrote:
>> "Dotan Cohen" <dotancohen at>  said:
>>> How does one install .deb packages with apt-get? I'd like to use the
>>> package manager to install so that it's database will stay compete. In
>>> Fedora yum has a localinstall option that installs an .rpm package
>>> with yum instead of using RPM.
>> sudo apt-get install <package_name>
> Will that install a local .deb file? I've no debs at the moment to
> check, but reading the apt-get man page it seems that I'd have to
> specify the path to a local repo in sources.list. I'd like to know if
> there's an option akin to yum's "localinstall" option.
sudo su apt-get install <packagename> Apt-get will install it where it 
needs to be...
Now if you find that you want to remove it, type sudo su apt-get remove 

Also you can find where a package is by using the command  'locate 
> While we're on the subject, yum lets the user know what it's going to
> add/remove/update and asks for confirmation first. I see the -s option
> for simulate, but I'd just like it to tell me what it's doing first
> and then let me decide. Is this possible? Or do I have to do every
> operation twice: once simulated, and once for real?
I've installed many packages, some I did not like, or used after I had 
tried them out, but really never did remove them, since they do not take 
up much disk space...It's up to you what you want to do...

Yes the -s option does simulate, and you would be doing it twice, 
another thing that I never used, if I want the package, then I download 

> Dotan Cohen


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