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    how to get source package of a .deb file

    Hi friends,
    Am a novice to linux trying out packagin and related stuff...I want to download the source package(want to see the .dsc , orig.tar.gz and other files present) for a particular .deb package which i downloaded ...(egpicasa_2.7.3736-15_i386.deb

    I tried to use the following command :

    apt-get source picasa_2.7.3736-15_i386.deb

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to find a source package for picasa_2.7.3736-15_i386.deb

    Am basically unable to get the source package...Please help

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    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: how to get source package of a .deb file

    apt-get won't be able to download source code for any package you have downloaded yourself, only for those you got from repositories..

    (and then then command would use the package name, not the file name of the .deb package)

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