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I am not connected to the network and it seems I need build-essentials to get the drivers working. Best I can do is transfer the packages by thumb drive. What is the process for offline installations of the package, and where can I download it?

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you can get the download links from the following command

apt-get install --print-uris build-essential

This will give you the download links + other details (hash values + etc). You can use these download links to download the packages. Then you can install the packages by double clicking or using the dpkg command (dpkg -i).

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Note that if a package is already in your cache for some reason, the URI won't be printed. –  Flimm Dec 7 '12 at 15:06
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