how to change dpkg installation directory?

H.S. hs.samix at
Wed Jun 17 19:32:26 UTC 2009

Bram Kuijper wrote:
> Hi all,
> I want to change the default directory into which dpkg installs my 
> applications, since I have too little space on my rootdisk. However, I 
> changed the necessary configuration in /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg, but now 
> nothing will install anymore. What should I do?
> This is what I did:
> In /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg i added the following line:
> instdir /media/disk-4/bram/root
> This directory is writable by root.
> Then I did:
> dpkg --configure -a
> works perfectly.
> Then I installed some program, let's do java:
> sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jre

dpkg specifically has two flags for this kind of stuff:

In your case, if you had the deb of a package, using the second flag
with the dpkg flag should suffice. Do man dpkg for details. Not sure how
to make these as default changes though.

Having said this, I would strongly recommend assigning a large enough
partition for / (or at least for /usr (if this is a separate partition)
where the packages' bulk files get installed).



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