Using gdebi to install build-dependencies

I wrote gdebi a long time ago to make it really easy to install .deb package with proper dependency resolution from the commandline and via a gtk (and kde) UI. But another neat (but not very well known) feature of the gdebi-core cli tool is to install the build-dependencies of a debian source package. If you run:

$ gdebi debian/control

in a unpacked debian source package it will check for missing build-dependencies and offer to install them.

4 Responses to “Using gdebi to install build-dependencies”

  1. szantaii Says:


    I still use gdebi till this day because it’s fast, easy-to-use and simply because it’s cool. I didn’t know about this function, but currently I’m teaching at a university, and I’ll certainly try this out on class with the students.

  2. Marius Gedminas Says:

    Today I learned two things:
    (1) you can do this awesome thing I always wanted
    (2) gdebi is a command-line tool, despite the name starting with a ‘g’ (gdebi-gtk is the GUI version).

  3. Fitoschido Says:

    What a nice hidden gem I’ve just discovered. Thanks, Michael!

  4. Ade Malsasa Akbar Says:

    Have just discovered you have a blog. And just discovered also you are Gdebi creator. Bookmarked!

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