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Re: Installing package *NOT* in repository

On Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 11:23:59AM -0400, Greg Wooledge wrote:
Second, this whole thread has been about the undocumented feature of
apt (but not apt-get) that allows you to specify a pathname to a .deb
file on an "apt install" command.  Nobody was quite sure how it worked,
because it's undocumented.

Works fine in apt-get also. Same code. It's also a bit more complicated, because it will prefer a repository version if you're trying to install something that is actually in the respository.

pathname begins with "/" or "./" or "../".  This seems like a strange
choice to me (I would've gone with "contains a slash", because there's
precedent for that, and because it allows pathnames like "foo/bar.deb"
which the current code does not allow).

/ in an apt parameter already indicates the target release. E.g., apt-get install ant/stretch-backports

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