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Lately I had problems with gdebi on various systems, where installation seemed to go fine but then the program seemed absent. This never happened when I used the terminal for the same purpose of installing from deb files.

Can the terminal be used as a full alternative to gdebi? (that is: install on double click etc)


After installing gedit text editor, in order to associate the deb files with an "application":

gedit ~/.local/share/applications/deb_install.desktop

with the lines:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=[Desktop Entry]
Exec=pantheon-terminal -e "sudo dpkg -i %f"

Then, right click a deb file, select "Open with" - "Other application", and select "Install deb".

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