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 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 indicates to apt-zip-inst what action to perform and/or which packages to install.
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-explainatory bourne-shell script snippet. It allows to provide site defaults for command-line options.
You can install apt-zip in the non-networked Debian host 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 installed Debian, to execute Apt-zip.
Also you can run the script from a LiveCD.
gdeb, a small program for inspecting Debian software packages; it also provides an option to install the package.