I need to install openssh on my Ubuntu 32bit VM. However I cannot straight do apt-get install openssh-server as it fails in resolving many required dependencies. Thanks to my companies super creepy proxy settings. Now I have all Windows machine here and one 64 bit Ubuntu with openssh installed. So I cannot copy paste .deb from this machine to my Ubuntu VM and install as my deb packages will have different architecture (32 bit vs 64 bit).

So I went on downloading 32 bit packages from this site (Thank god, my company's IS team has not discovered this website yet!!!). However I dont know what all packages will be required by openssh as its dependencies. I checked my Ubuntu 64 bit machine. By sorting var\cache\apt\archive by date, I realised that on the day when I installed openssh on that machine, following packages were installed:

  • openssh-sftp-server
  • openssh-server
  • openssh-client
  • libck-connector0

So here is what I did:

  • I downloaded debs of 32 bit versions of the above from the site and ran sudo dpkg -i *.deb. It said it requires ssh-import-id package.
  • I downloaded ssh-import-id and again run above command again. It said "ssh-import-id is not configured yet as it requires python-requests".
  • I downloaded that and ran the command. It said "python-requests is not configured yet as it requires python-urllib3".
  • So I downloaded python-urllib3 and ran the command. This time it said "libpython2.7-stdlib:i386 (2.7.9-ubuntu3) breaks python-urllib3 (<< 1.9.1-3) and is installed"

I guess I installed wrong versions and also at each step when the installation failed, the some of the packages were installed, some were not and those which were installed are left ill-configured. So each time I ran sudo dpkg -i, I should have uninstalled the packages I installed ealier.

I feel this is a lot of pain. Also it is very difficult to know and install correct versions of all dependencies. Is there any way by which I can:

  1. Capture list of currently installed packages on my VM,
  2. Upload it on some site,
  3. Specify what I want to install next and
  4. in return that website would tell me what all .deb packages I will need

I would have downloaded all those manually from above site and then installed them.

Is there any such way? What other options I am left with?


Download and install gdebi.deb for your architecture.
Download openssh-server.deb. Right-click on it and choose "Install with gdebi" option. Gdebi will tell you about missing dependencies, one-by-one. Download each depending deb package and install them one-by-one using Gdebi. I know it's an excruciating pain when having many dependencies to meet, but it's the only failsafe method i know. I just hope you'll have the patience for it.

  • am thinking to have another VM running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS at my home. Clean its var/cache/apt/archive. Then install openssh-server. Finally copy all newly downloaded debs from var/cache/apt/archive of my home VM to my office VM and then install from debs. Will this work? – Maha May 24 '16 at 9:41
  • Why having another VM? VMs are creating virtual-hard-disks as single very large file (e.g. vm_name.vdi). VMs are installing OS in that file. A Ubuntu 32bit VM file could be as little as 10GB, i think. You can copy that file to an sd card, usb stick, etc, take it home and run it on your PC. It should work fine. I've done that, running a LinuxMint VM in VirtualBox in Ubuntu, and then running the same VM in VirtualBox in Windows. – ipse lute May 24 '16 at 10:38
  • OR You could try a portable app for Windows like this one: pendriveapps.com/mobaxterm-portable-x-server-and-ssh-client. Many PortableApps.com software are known to run well in Ubuntu under Wine. One app for both Win and Ubuntu! Take it everywhere with you. – ipse lute May 24 '16 at 10:49
  • Office PC's USBs are blocked... So taking anything that big out of my office PC would be difficult. I was planning to move debs through mail. Debs shouldn't be that big. Anyways will my above approach work? – Maha May 24 '16 at 11:03
  • Possible. I didn't try it. Such server might have dozens of debs required. Or you could try to use Microsoft Azure (very hot technology) and create a Ubuntu VM in Azure, in the cloud. Set up your ssh-server in there and access it everywhere without hassle. Or copy it locally. Your choice. – ipse lute May 24 '16 at 12:03

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