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H.S. hs.samix at
Tue Jan 20 22:20:59 UTC 2009

Mario Vukelic wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-01-20 at 16:49 -0500, H.S. wrote:
>> Please correct me if I am wrong here. While installing a deb package,
>> checks for the necessary dependencies before the actual installation
>> occurs are performed and error messages are given regarding missing or
>> conflicting dependencies.
> Depends on how you install. When using "dpkg -i", no such check occurs

Is there any other way to install a deb package using dpkg without using
 the "-i" option?

Also, I distinctly remember getting errors while installing a deb once
when I was lacking some dependencies. Can you cite a source specifying
dpkg does NOT check for dependencies?

> because dpkg is locate one layer beneath APT and therefore cannot
> resolve dependencies. Gdebi however, which is the GUI default, does make

No, it cannot resolve them, but it will tell you what is needed for the
installation to proceed and complete successfully.

> such a check as I wrote in my other reply.
>>  More info here:
> This link, on the other hand, has very little to do with the topic at
> hand.

The link just shows that even the most basic command in the Debian
package manager, dpkg, checks for dependencies. Wrapper commands around
it most certainly do. Hence perfectly related to dependencies mentioned
in this thread.



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