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Re: [bmw2288@yahoo.com: installing xfree86]

Quoting Branden Robinson (branden@debian.org):
> Can someone help this person?
> ----- Forwarded message from ubto <bmw2288@yahoo.com> -----
> From: ubto <bmw2288@yahoo.com>
> To: branden@debian.org
> Subject: installing xfree86
> Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 21:41:23 -0700 (PDT)
> Message-ID: <20010503044123.51587.qmail@web10505.mail.yahoo.com>
> I am new to Debian and am having problems getting
> dselect to install from floppy. All the files I
> downloaded have a ".DEB" file extension. Dselect keeps
> saying that these are not Packages. What am I doing
> wrong?

Using the wrong tool. To install debian packages, just use

dpkg -i filenames...

e.g. dpkg -i /floppy/*DEB

Dselect is an automated tool that requires "knowledge" in the
form of Packages files - descriptions of packages and location
of their files. You've done that bit yourself already by
putting your selected packages onto a floppy.


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