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I'm trying to install a local .deb file and all it's dependencies from local .deb files, too.

I want to use gdebi and saw, that it has a --root option.

   --root=ROOTDIR
          Use alternative root dir.

But I am not quite sure, how this option works.

Does ROOTDIR need to be a chroot, or can it be any folder? When trying to install the firefox .deb file I get a different error message, when having and not having the --root option.

I was searching online for a more specific explanation on what that option does, but could not find it.

My use case is, installing a package and their dependencies from local .deb files into a chroot.

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