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Is it possible to execute a command from a single link?

For example when a user clicks on a link it does this:

sudo apt-get install vlc wine openshot but by clicking on a link

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Your particular example is possible via the apt-uris:

This will open wine in the software centre, giving the user the option to install it.

Running arbitrary commands on any Ubuntu machine is (hopefully) never possible:

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I think I'm right in saying that is the preferred way of linking packages. The AptUrl wiki page is rather old :-) –  Stefano Palazzo Jun 9 '11 at 15:24
What about the answer I posted above. Does it work for multiple programs or not since i took it from the Wiki about AptUrl. –  Luis Alvarado Jun 9 '11 at 15:25
Just read your answer. what about an example of installing multiple programs. –  Luis Alvarado Jun 9 '11 at 15:26
Installing multiple programs with one click doesn't work with this syntax I don't think –  Stefano Palazzo Jun 9 '11 at 15:32

Lol found it thanks to Oli's post here Is it possible to install a repository via a web (Clicking in a webpage link)

It is possible to install multiple packages. In this wiki all the possible actions can be found. To install one would be like this:

<a href="apt:package">click</a> 

For example:

<a href="apt:vlc">click</a> 

This would install vlc.

But lets say you want to install VLC, Ubuntu Extras and subdownloader:

<a href="apt:vlc,ubuntu-restricted-extras,subdownloader">click</a> 

Each separated by a comma. Awesome.

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