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Here are the install commands I entered. Why is this not working?

$ sudo apt install bitwig-studio-3.3.11.deb

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package bitwig-studio-3.3.11.deb
E: Couldn't find any package by glob 'bitwig-studio-3.3.11.deb'

$ sudo apt install bitwig-studio-3.3.11.deb

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package bitwig-studio-3.3.11.deb
E: Couldn't find any package by glob 'bitwig-studio-3.3.11.deb'

$ sudo apt install /bitwig-studio-3.3.11.deb

Reading package lists... Done
E: Unsupported file /bitwig-studio-3.3.11.deb given on commandline'
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  • You need to be either in the folder where the file is and use ./whatever.deb or use the full path. And if you don't mind please post your questions respectfully, i.e., by respecting the language and its formal usages so no "???" or "WTF" and code should be posted with code tags (go advanced, press "#" and paste inside). Jul 16, 2021 at 21:27
  • i had help from another bitwig member, it was me not seeing the difference between a dash and a period. i never wanted to be a programmer, here I am learning command line because i'm just done with microsoft and apple.... THANK YOU! Jul 16, 2021 at 21:44
  • another user help me see i putting a - where a . is needed, that's why it failed to install, user error, of course. 1000% newb here... Jul 16, 2021 at 21:46
  • FILE NOT SUPPORTED when I try double click and open with software installer. Ubuntu installer opens and gives pop up message: FILE NOT SUPPORTED but I installed it "manually" so why the pop up message? it's a .deb directly from bitwig, should double click install no problem? Jul 16, 2021 at 21:50
  • If you are still having problems, edit your question and include details. If you are getting errors after using the correct command, you should include the exact output verbatim and unredacted. Don't forget to use formatting as explained above.
    – Nmath
    Jul 16, 2021 at 22:00

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Your syntax is incorrect.

If you downloaded a .deb from the internet and you wish to install it with apt, you must cd to the directory where the .deb file is located.

Then you need to run sudo apt install ./yourdebfile.deb.

You should run sudo apt update before any other commands in apt to make sure that your package manager is up-to-date with the most current list of software. Otherwise you can encounter dependency issues.

Note that the . must go before the /.

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  • You could also just double click the .deb file and then it will install (if you want to do it in a graphical user interface way). Very good answer though.
    – Jon
    Jul 20, 2021 at 18:56

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