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Is there any way I can download LXDE and all its related packages as .deb packages? I had done this with Synaptic but since there's no Synaptic on 12.10, can this be done with apt-get? Thanks

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PPA for Synaptic with GTK3: – Rinzwind Feb 6 '13 at 15:46
Do you actually want to download the packages or install them? I interpreted your question to install them, but now the other answer came in I think you may just want to download them without installing. In that case, what is the purpose? – gertvdijk Feb 6 '13 at 16:32
And what do you mean by "related packages"? – user25656 Feb 6 '13 at 16:51
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You could easily download LXDE and all the dependencies with apt-get.

  • First, clean the cache.

    sudo apt-get clean
  • Now, run the following

    sudo apt-get --download-only install lxde

The downloaded packages will be in /var/cache/apt/archives

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This is what I was looking for. – psryn Feb 8 '13 at 12:08

The Synaptic Package Manager is still available, just not installed by default (as has been the case for several releases). You can install synaptic Install synaptic in the Software Center or by running:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install synaptic

If you cannot install it, make sure the Universe repository component is enabled.

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+1 nice edit thanks i have installed it on new installation – Gurjinder Singh Feb 6 '13 at 17:34

Assuming OP wants to install the packages as well

Just install the APT task to properly install LXDE for Ubuntu as Desktop environment like this:

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop^   # the ^ is not a typo

Alternatively, use your favourite package manager (e.g. synaptic Install synaptic, muon Install muon) or search in the Ubuntu Software Centre: lubuntu-desktop Install lubuntu-desktop

The LXDE desktop suite consist of a lot of packages and is not available as a single .deb file. Downloading them all separately and finding/satisfying all dependencies would be lot of work. Just let your package management handle this for you instead - it's exactly what it is designed for!

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Please explain the function of ^ and what do you mean by "Just install the APT task"? – user25656 Feb 6 '13 at 16:49
@vasa1 Remember good old tasksel? That's now regarded deprecated in favour of tasks in apt (at least, that's what another user told me here - looking for reference), selected by appending ^. Other popular one is lamp-server^. – gertvdijk Feb 6 '13 at 16:51
Quite ashamed to say I've never used tasksel! But I'll read up on it :) – user25656 Feb 6 '13 at 16:53
I had a quick look at – user25656 Feb 6 '13 at 16:56

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