how to install automatically missing modules on a debian-system

Anssi Saari as at
Sat Mar 1 07:54:45 CET 2014

hugocoolens <hugocoolens at> writes:

> It often happens I start a python-script I wrote some time ago on another
> system and get messages like "module_x is missing". I then perform an apt-cache search module_x, followed by an apt-get install name_of_missing_module.deb
> I was wondering whether someone here has a kind of method which automatically
> looks for the missing modules as debian-packages and offers to install them?

I don't know if there's anything that works with random Python scripts.
I suppose the straightforward Debian way of it would be to package your
script in a .deb package and include the proper dependencies, then apt
would take care of installing those too.

Debian has a wiki page covering the project's Python packaging policy
and how to do it at

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