Please advice how to install the patch command on Ubuntu Linux

I download the following file , patch_2.6-2ubuntu1_amd64.deb ( from site - http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/patch )

But not clearly how to install it?

I tried by ./patch_2.6-2ubuntu1_amd64.deb , ( but I get errors )

Please advice how to install the pkg patch_2.6-2ubuntu1_amd64.deb In order to use thepatch command on my unbuntu linux


This website tells you that the package is in the repository. You should not download the package from the website to install it.

You should use your package manager :

sudo apt-get install patch
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  • the problem is that I not connected to the network , I guess this will dowload the pkg from network – user58412 Apr 8 '14 at 19:58
  • @Eytan Yes it downloads the package (you can also use the install cd as repository, but I don't know what's on it). In that case use dpkg. – Leiaz Apr 8 '14 at 20:18

".deb" files are not executable binaries. Use dpkg command to install your package :

dpkg -i your_package.deb
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since your patch is tar.gz a simple way to install is to get alien

sudo apt-get install alien

then turn tar.gz into deb

sudo alien -k file.tar.gz
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  • "since your patch is tar.gz" why do get information? The OP clearly indicates a downloaded a .deb file of the patch command. – Anthon Nov 22 '14 at 11:18

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