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Re: dselect or dpkg? packages.gz-file

Christian Eckert <c_eckert@gmx.net> writes:
CE> I always used successfully "dselect" with the option multi-cd for
CE> to install some deb-packages of my distribution.  Now I like to
CE> install a downloaded deb.package or one from another cd.  I tried
CE> (with option mounted) and dselect wants to know some
CE> packages.gz-file, but I haven' t any.
CE> So I have some questions: 
CE> Do I have to use dpkg -i

Pretty much, yeah.  (Or you could use dpkg-scanpackages to build your
own Packages file, but this is less practical if you'd be trying to
write it to an already-burned CD.)

CE> is dselect only dedicated for the installation of the deb-pakages
CE> delivered with the distibutions cds?  I can't believe it.

No; I use it all the time for network updates.  It's only really
useful for sources of packages that have Packages files, which
includes the official Debian package mirrors and the official CDs,
along with some other FTP/Web sites.

CE> After having installed some deb-packages with dpkg -i (with
CE> respect to some dependencies etc) dselect tells me all these
CE> packages to be obsolete. Why?

They're "obsolete/local", which in your case translates to "local".
These packages are "packages dselect can't find advertised in any
Packages file", which in the "obsolete" case would mean "used to be
on the Debian mirrors but aren't any more".

CE> What do I have to consider, how can I install some packages with
CE> dselect?  I just read in s.o. mail to aviod dselect, but why?

Some people Just Don't Like dselect; I think it's fine.  The one
caution I've heard is that running dselect for the first time can
cause all of the Required and Standard packages to be installed, even
if you don't actually want them.

David Maze             dmaze@mit.edu          http://www.mit.edu/~dmaze/
"Theoretical politics is interesting.  Politicking should be illegal."
	-- Abra Mitchell

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