I am currently installing Debian Linux on a computer that does not have Internet access. I have burned the first few CDs from the distro and have a working system so far. However, I am unable to find some of the packages I want to install. How do I determine which CDs contain specific packages (and their dependencies), such as Emacs and haskell-platform?


I don't want to download all 50+ ISO images just to find one or two packages. How do I determine which ISO(s) contains the packages I want and their dependencies? For example, I downloaded the first 5 ISOs. However, I can't find the main Emacs package listed in Synaptic. How do I determine which ISO I need to download for the Emacs package and its dependencies?

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    If you have the CDs listed in /etc/apt/sources.list then apt should tell you which CD is necessary to install the software you request to be installed.
    – Marco
    Oct 12, 2012 at 18:18
  • @Marco I apologize that my question wasn't entirely clear. I have edited my question to clarify.
    – Code-Guru
    Oct 12, 2012 at 18:38

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See this FAQ entry. Basically go to this site and search for it.

  • Thanks for the link. I didn't find that with a google search; I probably didn't enter the correct search terms.
    – Code-Guru
    Oct 12, 2012 at 19:00

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