Passing APT_OPTS in gdebi

Asked by Amit Uttamchandani on 2012-07-12

The gdebi CLI has an option to set APT_OPTS however I couldn't figure out how it is used. It would be great if there were some examples provided in the man page.

For example, how do I set "--force-yes" and "-y" options for apt using gdebi?


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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #1

I have never tried this myself, but reading the man pages for gdebi, apt-get and apt.conf let me assume that setting the --force-yes and -y options is via the command

gedbi --option=APT::Get::force-yes,APT::Get::Assume-Yes [package.deb]...

Thanks for the reply.

Running the above command gives the following message:

Configuration items must be specified with a =<value>

Changing the command to:

sudo gdebi --option=APT::Get::force-yes=1,APT::Get::Assume-Yes=1 -n test.deb

or changing '1' to 'True' and 'true' did not give the error message but also did not give the desired behavior.

You can set things in /etc/apt/apt.conf too. I don't suggest you add this.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #4

Meanwhile I have installed gdebi on my own system and tried setting options via the -o option, and failed as you did.

Also separating the options into
sudo gdebi --option=APT::Get::force-yes="true" --option=APT::Get::Assume-Yes="true" -n test.deb
did not help.

Maybe starting the program with
echo y | gdebi [package.deb]...
helps doing what you want?

Another possibility coming to my mind is that you use dpkg instead of gdebi (with the problem that you have to ensure yourself, that the dependencies are met).

Thanks for the reply.

I was using dpkg before and might have to go back to doing that.

Right now, before calling gdebi, I preset deconf using *debconf-set-selections*. That seems to work, although it is an extra step.

I'm just wondering if setting options using gdebi works at all? I guess I can start debugging the code and finding out what is going on internally.

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Tim White (timwhite88) said : #7

For anyone googling, I can't give the correct format for APT::Get options, however the following worked for me for APT::Install- options.

gdebi -o APT::Install-Recommends=0 -o APT::Install-Suggests=0 .....

Aris Synodinos (arissynod) said : #8

For anyone googling, it's pretty simple:
sudo gdebi --non-interactive "FILENAME"