Part 1

I have CentOS with no Internet access. I have a docker container based on Ubuntu. I want to install Python inside the Docker container. I downloaded some .deb files for installing Python 2.7. I tried to install them with apt-get. But those commands required Internet access. I used dpkg -i to install the packages. I use dpkg -i libpython2.7-stdlib_2.7.6_8_amd64.deb. I then followed up with apt-get install -f. I am prompted with a yes/no question about extra packages. I chose Y. I then received an error about not being able to reach some URLs. This isn't surprising because the underlying server cannot get to the Internet. The URLs refer to python2.7-minimal_2.7.5-5ubuntu3_amd64.deb among others. I specifically have this .deb file. But when I try to install it, I get an error about an unmet dependency python2.7-minimal. I am well aware that this was not installed. I want it installed.

How do I install python2.7-minimal_2.7.6-amd64.deb in Docker?

Part 2

I tried to workaround the problem that I don't know how to solve. I obtained Python-2.7.11.tar.xz. It is 12 MB. In the Docker container, tried this:

tar xvf Python-2.7.11.tar.xz

But I get tar (child): xz: connect exec: No such file or directory

I verified the file exists. In fact, when I type the command "tar xvf Python2.7" I can press tab to complete the full name of the file. Is there a standalone file or other offline method for installing Python?

Final request:

Ideally I can get assistance for both parts even though only one needs to work.

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    Do you need to do it while blindfolded also?
    – jordanm
    Apr 1, 2016 at 23:55
  • The easy thing to do might be to set up the docker container elsewhere and move over the whole image. I wouldn't replace python that way too - there's a reasonble risk you may break something. Also, that's an xz compressed file and needs another application for it Apr 2, 2016 at 2:38

2 Answers 2


The cache solution in Mark Smith's answer is a great idea; I've done that succesfully.

Another solution, having on my machine internet connection and SSH connection to the VM's is: Install a proxy (squid) on my machine that has SSH connection to the firewalled VM's. Declare on the firewalled VM's a local proxy and make an SSH tunnel from that port to my own machine's port.

This way you can install, update, and patch dynamically.


I have had to do this (albeit with different packages, not Python) a few times on build machines which are not allowed to see the Internet and are in a different part of the building to my Internet-connected machine. It's a bit of a pain.

There are ways to recursively list the dependencies of a given package (some given here), so that you can download them all in one go, and minimise the to-ing and fro-ing, but in reality I find the following easier:

  • Install the same OS in a virtual machine which CAN see the internet.
  • Install what you need onto it.
  • Copy /var/cache/apt/archives/* to a CD (or however you move the stuff to this machine) and then you'll have everything you need. Either copy it all into /var/cache/apt/archives on your target machine, or if you're trying to keep it minimal, do them one at a time as you need them.

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