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I am making a bash script that installs various packages using apt-get install. However, I notice that if there is a line that says:

sudo apt-get install package1 package2 package3

and either of the packages is not found, none of the others will be installed. How do I make it keep going even if it can't find one of the packages?

Thanks in advance.

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up vote 15 down vote accepted

I suggest an apt-get option

sudo apt-get --ignore-missing install $list_of_packages

but be aware that missing dependences cannot be ignored, and even if you use --force you can get a broken system.

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Thank you! This seems to work. – Hypercube May 20 '11 at 20:57
Note that --ignore-missing only workarounds for an issue in download. See – IsaacS Apr 5 at 20:22
This actually does not work. – leoheck Jun 3 at 17:58
for i in package1 package2 package3; do
  sudo apt-get install $i
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A bit brutal performance wise (package dependency tree is being built from the scratch for every iteration), but should work fine. – Serge Broslavsky May 3 '11 at 5:53

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