Terminology commonly used in offline package management:
- Local machine : the offline ubuntu computer
- Remote machine: another computer with broadband Internet connection, used to dowload the packages
- Removable media: USB keydrive where store the scripts and dowloaded packages. Note that the disc should be formated with a filesystem that can handle long file names such as ext2/ext3, fat32 or vfat.
- apt-medium a wrapper script for apt frontends.
- Using Synaptic/Offline.
GUIs other than Synaptic
Keryx is a portable, cross-platform package manager for APT-based (Ubuntu, Debian) systems. It provides a graphical interface for gathering updates, packages, and dependencies for offline computers. Keryx is free and open source. You can get Keryx here: http://keryxproject.org/
- AptCdrom , to use the Ubuntu Live Cd as package repository for an older computer.
- AptOff script .
- apt-offline. "apt-offline list" do much better that "apt-get --print-uris", because
It distinguishes the "suites" (backport, multimedia, volatile, stable, testing), and allow you to mix the suites. So if you installed package A from a suite, it will search the updates only on such suite.
wget is a computer program that implements simple and powerful content retrieval of files from internet servers
wget -O file
With this -O option, the documents will not be written to the appropriate files, but all will be concatenated together and written to file.
- http://www.fifi.org/doc/apt/offline.html/ch1.html. Related information: awk.
- Sources List update offline and packages without Internet connection.