Jun 28, 2011

Resolving and installing dependences with gdebi

It may seem incredible but after many years using Linux, I have found out a great application in order to install deb packages, and automatically, their dependences: gdebi.

I have always had to install something, by general I have made it either from the corresponding repository or from the source code (by manually working out the dependences in this last case).

But what happens if we want to install directly a deb package? Typically we are going to employ the dpkg command.

javi@kubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg -i package.deb

If the package to be installed needs some dependence, the dpkg output shows it and we have to manually set it up. But so as to work around this task, gdebi can carry out all these necessary actions: to resolve the dependences and install the final package.

javi@kubuntu:~$ sudo gdebi package.deb

And finally, also say that this tool is available for Debian systems and their derivatives (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Knoppix, etc.).

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