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I wanted to install winusb from I downloaded the deb file, the latest was available for precise(I amrunning 12.10) I opened the .deb file(390 kb) in Ubuntu Software Manager and clicked on install. Then I switched to the progress tab and saw this. USC showed that it was downloading data of size 3.9 MB. winusb ubuntu software center

Can someone explain? Was USC just downoading the latest updates and just showed that under the current operation?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

There are two possibilities here. First is that there are unmet dependencies that Ubuntu Software Center is downloading and installing first. The alternate (less likely) possibility is that there is a newer version in the repository and Ubuntu Software Center took it upon itself to use that version instead. (This probably isn't at all likely, I just really hate that program and will assume the worst).

a quick way to check would be to uninstall it, then run

sudo dpkg -i ./path/to/deb.deb

and it will only half-install if there are unmet dependencies. You can resolve these with

sudo apt-get install -f

Edit: Alternately you could uninstall it, clear your apt cache and then disconnect from the internet while installing it and see what USC complains about

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Most likely it was just installing dependencies. You can check the History tab to see what it installed. USC should install the package that you gave it. If there is a newer version in the repositories, it would be upgraded when you update software. – rft183 Oct 31 '12 at 19:27
Dependencies it was. libwxbase2.8-0 & libwxgtk2.8-0 were being installed which are dependencies of winusb. Thanks! – abel Nov 1 '12 at 23:39

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