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My raspberry pi isn't connected to the internet for now, and I don't have the patience to bridge connections and everything. Can I somehow download some linux programs from online through my windows computer, store it into a USB stick, and copy them into the RPi?

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    use LAN cable or WiFi adapter. they 1)work 2)work well. messing with packages is a sure way to a lot of pain and trouble.
    – lenik
    Jul 16, 2014 at 10:29
  • @lenik agreed, nothing worse than downloading a package only to realise theres a dependency thats needed, then that dependency needs a dependency, etc.
    – kolin
    Jul 27, 2014 at 15:07
  • I'll bet bridging in windows is the simpler solution. Using an Ethernet cable to the router would be even easier!
    – user52264
    May 12, 2018 at 20:13
  • ^ this was 4 years ago haha... May 16, 2018 at 18:08

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Well you could setup an emulator on your windows computer and install whatever you want in the emulator and then go to /var/cache/apt/archives and copy all .deb files to your usb stick.
and on the raspberry pi you install them with dpkg, but you need the right order...
maybe it works by calling sudo dpkg -i /mnt/stick/*.deb multiple times.
Yeah, dirty... i know :(

qemu (the emulator) tutorials:
http://archive.raspbian.org/qemu/README.txt
http://xecdesign.com/qemu-emulating-raspberry-pi-the-easy-way/

Cant you just plug your LAN cable in the raspberry pi for installing stuff and leave your windows machine offline for that time?

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In case you use Arch Linux ARM it's quite simple:

  1. Go here http://nl.mirror.archlinuxarm.org/armv6h/
  2. Choose and download package (you can find out in which directory it is here and save them to USB
  3. Connect USB to you RPi
  4. Install packages by pacman -U <package.tar.xz>

The reason why you shouldn't do it are dependencies - packages could have some dependencies which you don't have installed. Pacman should tell you about it and you'll need to download them and install first.

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