Let's take a long list of dependencies required for GNU-Radio to install on Ubuntu 17.04. I elaborate this list below.
sudo apt-get -y install git swig cmake doxygen build-essential libboost-all-dev libtool libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev libudev-dev libncurses5-dev libfftw3-bin libfftw3-dev libfftw3-doc libcppunit-1.13-0v5 libcppunit-dev libcppunit-doc ncurses-bin cpufrequtils python-numpy python-numpy-doc python-numpy-dbg python-scipy python-docutils qt4-bin-dbg qt4-default qt4-doc libqt4-dev libqt4-dev-bin python-qt4 python-qt4-dbg python-qt4-dev python-qt4-doc python-qt4-doc libqwt6abi1 libfftw3-bin libfftw3-dev libfftw3-doc ncurses-bin libncurses5 libncurses5-dev libncurses5-dbg libfontconfig1-dev libxrender-dev libpulse-dev swig g++ automake autoconf libtool python-dev libfftw3-dev libcppunit-dev libboost-all-dev libusb-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev fort77 libsdl1.2-dev python-wxgtk3.0 git-core libqt4-dev python-numpy ccache python-opengl libgsl-dev python-cheetah python-mako python-lxml doxygen qt4-default qt4-dev-tools libusb-1.0-0-dev libqwt5-qt4-dev libqwtplot3d-qt4-dev pyqt4-dev-tools python-qwt5-qt4 cmake git-core wget libxi-dev gtk2-engines-pixbuf r-base-dev python-tk liborc-0.4-0 liborc-0.4-dev libasound2-dev python-gtk2 libzmq3-dev libzmq5 python-requests python-sphinx libcomedi-dev python-zmq
This is an extremely long list of dependencies for and there are numerous occasions when APT hangs or complains saying one or two of the dependencies are not found.
How can we install a dependency that is not found by APT? What are the most widely accepted methods?
For e.g., a very good method is described in this answer
where N0rbert makes an effort to extract the missing
libliquid1d-dev using a weird method I do not understand, extracting libraries from /mirrors.kernel.org. However, to date, when I type
apt-get install libliquid1d on my Ubuntu 16.04 system, it still says it cannot find that library. Below is my console output:
[sudo] password for user: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package libliquid1d
So in this case, a user might search and find under https://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=libliquid1d that this library exists within the Ubuntu ecosystem only for Artful, Bionic and Cosmic releases. So how about installing for other distributions?
This is the question I have. What hacks are known/popular in the community when that case happens? I am interested in a generic method that works to install missing dependencies in Ubuntu distributions, if it exists. I hope my question is specific enough.
Thanks a lot for answers and views.