Section: DebSnap User Manual (1)
Updated: July 3, 2010Index
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debsnap - retrieve old snapshots of Debian packages
[-h | --help] [--version]
is a tool to help with retrieving snapshots of old packages from
a daily archive repository.
The only publicly available snapshot archive is currently located at
By default, debsnap will download all the available versions for package
that are found in the snapshot archive. If a version is specified, only
that particular version will be downloaded, if available.
The following options are available:
- -d destination, --destdir destination
Directory to place retrieved packages.
- -f, --force
Force writing into an existing destination. By default debsnap will
insist the destination directory does not exist yet unless it is explicitly
specified to be '.' (the current working directory). This is to avoid files
being accidentally overwritten by what is fetched from the archive and to
provide a guarantee for other scripts that only the files fetched will be
present there upon completion.
- -v, --verbose
Report on the debsnap configuration being used and progress during the
download operation. Please always use this option when reporting bugs.
Download binary packages instead of source packages.
- -a, --architecture
Specify architecture of downloaded binary packages. Implies --binary.
This can be given multiple times in order to download binary packages for
- -h, --help
Show a summary of these options.
Show the version of debsnap.
may also be configured through the use of the following options
in the devscripts configuration files:
Same as the command line option --verbose. Set to yes to enable.
Set a default path for the destination directory. If unset
./source-<package_name> will be used. The command line option
--destdir will override this.
The base url for the snapshots archive.
If unset this defaults to http://snapshot.debian.org
will return an exit status of 0 if all operations succeeded,
1 if a fatal error occurred, and 2 if some packages failed to be downloaded
but operations otherwise succeeded as expected. In some cases packages may
fail to be downloaded because they are no longer available on the snapshot
mirror, so any caller should expect this may occur in normal use.
- debsnap -a amd64 xterm 256-1
Download the binary package of a specific xterm version for amd64 architecture.
- debsnap -a armel xterm
Download binary packages for all versions of xterm for armel architecture.
- debsnap --binary xterm 256-1
Download binary packages for a specific xterm version but for all architectures.
- debsnap --binary xterm
Download binary packages for all versions of xterm for all architectures.
- aptitude search '~i' -F '%p %V' | while read pkg ver; do debsnap -a $(dpkg-architecture -qDEB_HOST_ARCH) -a all $pkg $ver; done
Download binary packages of all packages that are installed on the system.
Global devscripts configuration options. Will override hardcoded defaults.
Per-user configuration options. Will override any global configuration.
David Paleino <firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright © 2010 David Paleino
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under
the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 3 or (at your option)
any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.
On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can
be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.
The program is part of the devscripts package. Please report bugs using
- CONFIGURATION OPTIONS
- EXIT STATUS
- SEE ALSO
- Reporting bugs