Re: installing .debs from hdd

On Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 01:27:49PM -0700, Robert Holtzman wrote:
On Sun, Jun 12, 2011 at 06:45:04AM +1000, Scott Ferguson wrote:
On 12/06/11 06:22, Robert Holtzman wrote:
How can I install multiple debs residing in a directory on my hard drive?
Unless I missed it, running a search, the Debian Reference manual and the
Maintainers Guide shows nothing applicable. Any pointers appreciated.

# dpkg -i /path/to/harddrive/*.deb

That did the trick. Thanks. BTW, where in the docs does it mention this
situation and point to dpkg? I would love to know where I missed it.

This past year I discovered wajig. It is a python script that calls on
installed tools to offer a sort of simplified/omniscient set of commands.

It is easy to pick up, *can install from a local path name*, build
debs from source and some other nice commands. A little lacking on

Attached is a list of commands.


"Microsoft is not the answer. Microsoft is the question. NO (or Linux) is the
answer." --Somebody

freeman@Europa:~$ wajig -v help

addcdrom Add a CD-ROM to the list of available sources of packages
addrepo Add a Launchpad PPA (Personal Package Archive) repository
auto-alts Mark the alternative to be auto set (using set priorities)
auto-clean Remove superceded .deb files from the download cache
auto-download Do an update followed by a download of all updated packages
autoremove Remove packages installed automatically as dependencies.
bug Report a bug in a package using Debian BTS (Bug Tracking
build Retrieve/unpack sources and build .deb for the named
build-depend Retrieve packages required to build listed packages
changelog Display Debian changelog for a given package
clean Remove all deb files from the download cache
commands Display all the JIG commands and one short descriptions for
contents List the contents of a package file
daily-upgrade Perform an update then a dist-upgrade
dependents List of packages which depend/recommend/suggest the package
describe One line description of packages (-v and -vv for more
describe-new One line description of new packages
detail Provide a detailed description of package (describe -vv)
detail-new Provide a detailed description of new packages (describe
dist-upgrade Upgrade to new distribution (installed and new rqd
docs Equivalent to help with -verbose=2
download Download package files ready for an install
download-file Download packages listed in file ready for an install
editsources Edit list of archives which locates Debian package sources
extract Extract the files from a package file to a directory
find-file Search for a file within installed packages
find-pkg Search for an unofficial Debian package at
fix-configure Perform dpkg --configure -a (to fix interrupted configure)
fix-install Perform apt-get -f install (to fix broken dependencies)
fix-missing Perform apt-get --fix-missing upgrade
force Install packages and ignore file overwrites and depends
help Print documentation (detail depends on --verbose)
hold Place listed packages on hold so they are not upgraded
init Initialise or reset the JIG archive files
info List the information contained in a package file
install Install one or more packages or .deb files
install-file Install those packages that are listed in a file
installs Install package and associated suggested packages
install/dist Install packages from specified dist (must be in
integrity Check the integrity of installed packages (through
large List size of all large (>10MB) installed packages
last-update Identify when an update was last performed
list List the status and description of installed packages
list-all List a one line description of given or all packages
list-alts List the objects that can have alternatives configured
list-cache List the contents of the download cache
list-commands List all the JIG commands and one line descriptions for
list-daemons List the daemons that JIG can start/stop/restart
list-files List the files that are supplied by the named package
list-hold List those packages on hold
list-installed List packages (with optional argument substring) installed
list-log Display APT log file
list-names List all known packages or those containing supplied string
list-orphans List libraries not required by any installed package
list-scripts List the control scripts of the package of deb file
list-section List packages that belong to a specific section
list-sections List the sections that are available
list-status Same as list but only prints first two columns, not
list-wide Same as list but avoids truncating package names
local-dist-upgrade Dist-upgrade using packages already downloaded
local-upgrade Upgrade using packages already downloaded, but not any
madison Runs the madison command of apt-cache.
move Move packages in the download cache to a local Debian
new List packages that became available since last update
news Display package NEWS file(s).
new-upgrades List packages newly available for upgrading
non-free List installed packages that do not meet the DFSG
orphans List libraries not required by any installed package
policy From preferences file show priorities/policy (available)
purge Remove one or more packages and their configuration files
purge-orphans Purge orphaned libraries (not required by installed
purge-removed Purge all packages marked as deinstall
rbuilddeps Display the packages which build-depends on the given
package (long form is "reverse-build-depends")
readme Display the package's README file from /usr/share/doc
list-recommended Display packages that were installed via Recommends and
have no dependents
recursive Download package and any packages it depends on
reconfigure Reconfigure the named installed packages or run gkdebconf
reinstall Reinstall each of the named packages
reload Reload daemon configs, e.g., gdm, apache (see list-daemons)
remove Remove one or more packages (see also purge)
remove-file Remove those packages that are listed in a file
remove-orphans Remove orphaned libraries (not required by installed
repackage Generate a .deb file for an installed package
reset Initialise or reset the JIG archive files
restart Stop then start a daemon, e.g., gdm, apache (see
rpm2deb Convert a RedHat .rpm file to a Debian .deb file
rpminstall Install a RedHat .rpm package
search Search for packages containing listed words
search-apt Find local Debian archives suitable for sources.list
setup Alias for editsources
showdistupgrade Trace the steps that a dist-upgrade would perform
showinstall Trace the steps that an install would perform
showremove Trace the steps that a remove would perform
showupgrade Trace the steps that an upgrade would perform
sizes Print out the size (in K) of all, or listed, installed
snapshot Generates list of package=version for all installed
source Retrieve and unpack sources for the named packages
start Start a daemon, e.g., gdm, apache (see list-daemons)
status Show the version and available version of packages
status-search Show the version and available version of matching packages
stop Stop a daemon, e.g., gdm, apache (see list-daemons)
tasksel Run the task selector to install groups of packages
toupgrade List packages with newer versions available for upgrading
unhold Remove listed packages from hold so they are again upgraded
update Update the list of downloadable packages
update-alts Update default alternative for things like x-window-manager
update-pci-ids Updates the local list of PCI ids from the internet master
update-usb-ids Updates the local list of USB ids from the internet master
upgrade Upgrade all of the installed packages
verify Check the md5sums of a package.
version Show the current version of wajig.
versions List version and distribution of (all) packages.
whatis A synonym for describe
whichpkg Find the package that supplies the given command or file

-b|--backup=DIR UPGRADE - Backup packages before they are upgraded.
-f|--fast SHOW - use apt-cache's version, due to its speed.
-h|--help Print usage message.
-n|--noauth Allow packages from unathenticated archives.
-P|--pager CHANGELOG - Use a pager for viewing the entire Debian
-changelog of a package.
-p|--pause Pause before exiting.
-q|--quiet Execute system commands quietly.
-s|--simulate Show commands to be executed but don't execute.
-t|--teaching Show commands to be executed and then execute them.
-v|--verbose=n Increase (or set) the level of verbosity (to n).
-r|--recommends Used with INSTALL, to install Recommends too (this is
-Debian default).
-R|--norecommends Used with INSTALL, to NOT install Recommends.
-y|--yes Assume yes for any questions asked.

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