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Re: Bug#331528: ITP: debinstaller -- a graphical frontend for installing local .deb packages

[Benjamin Seidenberg]
> I agree. I think that there should be a way to use apt to install a
> .deb with automatic dependency handling (in fact when I first began
> using debian I tried several times to install a .deb using apt). I
> don't know why this functionality was never written. It seems to be
> fairly trivial.

I heard apt-rpm has it.  It does seem simple and useful.  Meanwhile,
since Pre-Depends are used so rarely, just do this:

  dpkg --unpack filename.deb
  apt-get -f install

apt installs the dependencies, then configures the package.  So long as
you don't have unsatisfied pre-depends, and the package doesn't
Conflict with anything on your system (or, of course, vice versa),
it'll work perfectly.


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