I have 2 old pc's that I'm going to remote into using serial port/tcp. The first one is a 32-bit machine that I remoted into serially and couldn't get it to connect to the internet for various reasons. I installed 32-bit ubuntu 12.04 and tried to install some deb's and packages via the /media/usbdrive with little success. So now I just got my 2nd linux box which is a 64-bit duo-core Dell which I could run the GUI, connect to the internet and download some cool stuff. Now I have the 64-bit machine with 32-bit ubuntu 12.04 installed and I'm wondering if there's an easy way to copy everything from the 64-bit machine to the 32-bit machine using only the remote terminal serial to issue commands and the usb drive to transfer files.


You have the following options for installing packages without an internet connection:

  1. Using Keryx

    Keryx is a portable, cross-platform package manager that provides a graphical interface for gathering updates, packages, and dependencies for offline computers.

  2. Using the Synaptic package download script

    Synaptic package manager has built-in feature to generate a package download script.

  3. Using apt-offline

    apt-offline is an offline text based apt package manager.

  4. Installing downloaded packages

Source: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingSoftware

  • I couldn't find where to download Keryx - several sites gave a server error and 1 said there was no version for 12.04 (precise) - I found Synaptic 0.75.9 and extracted it to a directory and ran autoconf to create the configure script from configure.in and then ran the ./configure and got errors: ./configure: line 2270: syntax error near unexpected token synaptic,' ./configure: line 2270: AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE(synaptic, 0.75.9)' I'm new to Ubuntu - maybe this is an easy fix? – Dan H Aug 23 '13 at 20:25
  • @DanH For Keryx try this link for .tar.gz file or this link for .deb file. – Radu Rădeanu Aug 23 '13 at 20:30
  • @DanH Synaptic can be found in Ubuntu Software Center or you can take it from here. Check out the dependincies (packages relationships) – Radu Rădeanu Aug 23 '13 at 20:35

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