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APT-ZIP is a package to update a non-networked computer using apt and a (removable) media (harddisk, USB key, ZIP drive...)

The apt-zip-list and apt-zip-inst commands simplify the upgrade process of a non-networked Debian host using apt , by using (preferably high-capacity) removable media, like a ZIP or USB drive.

apt-zip-list produces two files. One is a `fetch´script (supporting wget backends, in a modular, extensible way) that can be used on another host (maybe not running a Debian system but with good connectivity to the Internet) to fetch packages previously selected in dselect(8) or indicated in the command line and then install the packages on your Debian box; the other apt-zip.options saves the options used by apt-zip-list to indicate to apt-zip-inst what action to perform and/or which packages to install.

Config file

The /etc/apt/apt-zip.conf file can be used to set defaults: method, removable medium, options, apt-get action and accepted/rejected protocols. It is a self-explanatory bourne-shell script snippet. It allows the user to provide site defaults for command-line options.


You can install apt-zip in the non-networked Debian host by downloading the apt-zip package from:

Go to a terminal and write:

dpkg -i apt-zip*.deb

Where apt-zip*.deb is the name of the package you downloaded.

Cygwin and LiveCD

You can use wget in ?Cygwin in the computer where you haven't got Debian installed, to execute Apt-zip.

Also you can run the script from a LiveCD.

Similar package

See also