I'm looking at this debian package
Before installing it, I'm curious about how much information I can get just by analyzing the debian package.
I would love to know exactly what is going to be installed and where.
is this possible?
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If you want this from the commandline, use dpkg-deb:
dpkg-deb --extract some-package.deb /directory/to/unpack dpkg-deb --control some-package.deb /directory/to/unpack/DEBIAN
This should leave a directory structure similar to what you'd be able to see in gdebi.
Yes this is very possible.
sudo apt-get install gdebi
Open Gdebi, then open the Debian package from File > Open.