[ubuntu-za] Updating Without a Local Connection

Neil Manson neil.manson at infotech.monash.edu
Tue Feb 17 18:42:05 GMT 2009

Hi James

If that small campus happens to be Monash, pop into my office next week, 
and I can definitely help you.


James Cuénod wrote:
> Thanks Hilton,
> Unfortunately I am on a small campus with only a couple of people who
> use linux (i.e. not Tuks :D).
> It looks like I'll try to get a connection at least for the apt-get
> update process and then use a script to get the actual packages that
> I'm wanting. Thanks for all the assistance.
> On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 11:21 AM, Morgan Collett <morgan at ubuntu.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 18:51, James Cuénod <j3frea at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> I am running Kubuntu 8.10 64 bit on my laptop. I am at varsity right now
>>> and am not allowed to connect my laptop to their network (because the
>>> lecturers' PCs are all on it). I know that an update script can be
>>> generated using synaptic (which, strangely, came by default with my
>>> install - along with adept which I am not too fond of). So my question is
>>> two fold;
>>> 1. How can I update my sources.list
>> It sounds like you want to check for updated packages, without a
>> direct connection. The update scripts don't do that - they only
>> download packages they already know about.
>> I suggest you get online somehow, even if you have to pay, and do the
>> Reload in Synaptic (or sudo apt-get update).
>>> 2. Does anyone have any words of wisdom regarding generating the update
>>> script with synaptic. Thanks
>> Click on package and mark for installation - or "Mark All Updates" if
>> you want to update packages. Then without clicking Apply, click File /
>> Generate package download script. That will prompt to save a script
>> somewhere. That script will look like:
>> #!/bin/sh
>> wget -c http://za.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/universe/2/2vcard/2vcard_0.5-3_all.deb
>> (and more wget lines.)
>> You can run that on any other system that has wget - another Linux
>> system, or Windows with wget.
>> Then bring the resulting deb files on a CD, USB stick etc and run
>> Synaptic again and do File / Add downloaded packages which will prompt
>> you for the directory where the debs are.
>> Regards
>> Morgan
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Neil Manson
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