Upgrading using another computer
From MEPIS Documentation Wiki
In case you have dial-up at home and fast connection at work (or friend) you can download the upgrades on the computer that has fast connection.
- Start Synaptic.
- Do a "Reload".
- Mark the packages that you want to upgrade or install.
- Go to File -> Generate package download script -> choose a name for the script.
- Copy the script to a flash drive or floppy or e-mail it to yourself.
- Copy and execute the script on a Linux machine (it can be a PC running MEPIS LiveCD). The script will download all the needed .deb packages in the folder you run it from. Copy those files on your flash drive.
- On your home machine install all those .deb files either using Synaptic -> File -> Add downloaded packages or open the folder that contains those files and execute the dpkg -i *.deb command in konsole.
Another way: using apt-zip: Install apt-zip on home computer with "apt-get install apt-zip"
- run "apt-get update"
- mount your flash drive or zipdisk.
- run "apt-zip-list --medium=/mnt/flash/ --aptgetaction=upgrade" and then unmount the drive.
Then on your work computer:
- mount the flash drive.
- run the "fetch-script-wget-computername" script from the flash drive and unmount the drive.
- mount drive.
- run "apt-zip-inst --medium=/mnt/flash --aptgetaction=upgrade" that should install all the packages needed for upgrades including the dependencies.
You can also get specific packages and their dependencies. For more info type "man apt-zip" in terminal. You can probably run the "fetch-script-wget-computername" script on Live CD too if you don't have a Linux installation at work.