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    Getting a list of what apt-get *would* get

    Hi;

    I want to do some very big downloads, but I am on a slow dial up connection at home.

    I would like to download the stuff at a friends house, burn it onto a cd, bring it home, and use apt-get to install from cd.

    How would I ( is it possible ) to tell apt-get to do something, but instead of downloading the files just make a list of the files it would have gotten for the job and the urls it would have gotten those files from?

    Steve

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    Get the list by using eterm (or konsole) so you can scroll and run this command :
    apt-get install -s pkg-name

    then you could grab all the pkgs from the debian.org package search.

    later if you want to install them offline just copy all the debs to your /var/cache/apt/archives and then apt-get update and install

    if you dont want to update then "apt-get -f install" *might* work too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tech2k
    Get the list by using eterm (or konsole) so you can scroll and run this command :
    apt-get install -s pkg-name

    then you could grab all the pkgs from the debian.org package search.

    later if you want to install them offline just copy all the debs to your /var/cache/apt/archives and then apt-get update and install

    if you dont want to update then "apt-get -f install" *might* work too.
    Well, I want to install gnome and I want to upgrade knoppix to debian unstable.

    THats a huge number of packages to search across debian.org and cut/past urls for.

    Is there another method?

    Steve

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    just use testing/unstable of debian.org as the source.

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    If commandline APT is confusing, I just use Synaptic for packages..
    Maybe an option ?
    Good luck.

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    other suggestions ?
    take your hard drive over to your firends..or your whole tower.If you dont know apt really well you will probally break your system doing that upgrade.

    http://www.debian.org/distrib/packages

    Another option is to try morphix.It is 100% pure sid (debian unstable) and the heavygui combined iso has gnome 2.

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