Installing .deb packages with apt-get

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Sat May 19 07:56:27 UTC 2007

On 18/05/07, Derek Broughton <news at> wrote:
> debian wrote:
> > On Fri, 2007-05-18 at 06:53 +1000, Peter Garrett wrote:
> >>
> >> My experience has been that apt-get and aptitude do not screw up.
> > --
> > apt-get has never screwed up..never, not in the times that i have used
> > it. i swear by apt-get.
> I swear by apt, too (not apt-get - it's just one of the suite), but I think
> you & Peter haven't been pushing it to its limits :-)
> I've fairly often managed to confuse apt to the point where "aptitude
> install" (or "apt-get -f install", if you really prefer) causes it to want
> to back out much of my system.  After a few hours of
> remove/install/remove/reinstall, it starts to behave.  That won't happen if
> you stick to genuine ubuntu repositories and never install anything
> directly via dpkg, ime.

Well, I don't intend to stick to official repos and not install .debs.
That's the point of this thread: How to install local .debs. So then I
can expect apt to get confused. Not apt's fault, but mine. However,
that means that I need to be careful with it like I'm now careful with
yum. Thus, I need to run a simulation before every operation,
something that does NOT need to be done with yum because yum tells the
user what it is going to do before doing it, and asks for

Dotan Cohen

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