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I have a testing platform which has minimal Linux on it. It is so lightweight that it lacks all distribution-specific features. The goal is to install dpkg and apt-utils, which I did, by extracting .deb archives to rootfs, creating an empty /var/lib/dpkg/status file, adding APT::Cache-Limit "100000000"; to /etc/apt/apt.conf, and of course, adding repositories manually to /etc/atp/sources.list. The problem is, which ever package I try to install apt-get claims it is not installable, and then lists conflicting dependencies. Is there a better way of doing this?

  • Can you elaborate on your setup, what you've tried to install, and what dependencies it reports as conflicting? Did you start with an existing, bare-bones, Debian-based distro on which you're trying to build, or did you create your platform by stripping away pieces from a distro? Any chance your situation is that you're missing some basic functionality, like it's just a simple CLI, and what you want to install expects some GUI support? – fixer1234 Jun 26 '16 at 18:30
  • It is an IoT device, I started with the factory firmware, the goal is to install gcc make and other development tools when and if needed. It has bash shell with core utilities, and I will not be needing any sort of GUI. – Ulrik Jun 26 '16 at 18:40
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    If the installed system is not Debian-minded, then I'm not sure you will be able to install apt-get at all, at least not without more than a little 'coaching'. Debian programs rely on having certain framework of directories, utility programs etc, which probably won't match yours. That framework differs from distro to distro. You might have slightly more success with Slackware, which is much more 'generic' – jcoppens Jun 26 '16 at 20:43
  • I too need to do this. If you found a solution, please share. – Alex Ryan May 14 at 18:45

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