[maemo-users] Move from 2007 to 2008 Questions

From: Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Date: Thu Apr 17 19:21:31 EEST 2008
On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 05:48:36PM -0600, Mark wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 6:51 AM, Marius Gedminas <marius at pov.lt> wrote:
> >  The following is for informational purposes only.  You should never ever
> >  download debs directly -- either install them with the application
> >  installer, or use sudo apt-get install from a terminal.  Installing debs
> >  directly is the "use a bigger hammer" approach to replacing a light
> >  bulb -- if you screw up, it's your own fault.
> >
> >  There are two repository layouts.  [...]
> This is great information for future reference, specific to Maemo.

Actually, it's specific to any Debian-based distro (Debian, Ubuntu,
Maemo, ...).

> However, I was thinking there was a generic linux command, and finally
> realized that it was probably an apt-get option and decided to RTFM.
> The command I was looking for was
> apt-get --download-only install foo
> or
> apt-get -d install foo

Yes.  There's also

  apt-get install foo --print-uri

> unfortunately, this gives me an odd dependency error (hildon-libs0)
> and refuses to do the download. Doing it your way gets me the .deb I
> want, but that dependency is still in the way.

Right.  Square peg, round hole.  A hammer won't help.

The hildon-libs dependency smells of OS incompatibility.  What OS do you
have and what package you're trying to install?  Sometimes a simple
recompile is sufficient to make a package compatible with a different
Maemo version.  I have a scratchbox handy on this laptop; I could
rebuild the package for you if the sources are available.

> >  Microsoft is not the answer.
> >  Microsoft is the question.
> >  "No" is the answer.
> I've seen a different version of this, but I really like yours. :-)

I don't remember where I got it, but it certainly isn't original.

Marius Gedminas
My mail reader can beat up your mail reader.
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