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dget -- Download Debian source and binary packages
- dget [options] URL ...
- dget [options] [--all] package[=version] ...
downloads Debian packages. In the first form, dget
the requested URLs. If this is a .dsc or .changes file, then dget
acts as a source-package aware form of wget
: it also fetches any
files referenced in the .dsc/.changes file. The downloaded source is
then checked with dscverify
and, if successful, unpacked by
In the second form, dget downloads a binary package (i.e., a
.deb file) from the Debian mirror configured in
/etc/apt/sources.list(.d). Unlike apt-get install -d, it does not
require root privileges, writes to the current directory, and does not
download dependencies. If a version number is specified, this version
of the package is requested. With --all, the list of all binaries for the
source package package is extracted from the output of
"apt-cache showsrc package".
In both cases dget is capable of getting several packages and/or URLs
(Note that .udeb packages used by debian-installer are located in separate
packages files from .deb packages. In order to use .udebs with dget,
you will need to have configured apt to use a packages file for
Before downloading files listed in .dsc and .changes files, and before
downloading binary packages, dget checks to see whether any of
these files already exist. If they do, then their md5sums are
compared to avoid downloading them again unnecessarily. dget also
looks for matching files in /var/cache/apt/archives and directories
given by the --path option or specified in the configuration files
(see below). Finally, if downloading (.orig).tar.gz or .diff.gz files
fails, dget consults apt-get source --print-uris. Download backends
used are curl and wget, looked for in that order.
dget was written to make it easier to retrieve source packages from
the web for sponsor uploads. For checking the package with
debdiff, the last binary version is available via dget
package, the last source version via apt-get source package.
- -a, --all
Interpret package as a source package name, and download all binaries as
found in the output of "apt-cache showsrc package".
- -b, --backup
Move files that would be overwritten to ./backup.
- -q, --quiet
Suppress wget/curl non-error output.
- -d, --download-only
Do not run dpkg-source -x on the downloaded source package. This can
only be used with the first method of calling dget.
- -x, --extract
Run dpkg-source -x on the downloaded source package to unpack it.
This option is the default and can only be used with the first method of
- -u, --allow-unauthenticated
Do not attempt to verify the integrity of downloaded source packages
Run dpkg-buildpackage -b -uc on the downloaded source package.
- --path DIR[:DIR ...]
In addition to /var/cache/apt/archives, dget uses the
colon-separated list given as argument to --path to find files with
a matching md5sum. For example: ``--path
/srv/pbuilder/result:/home/cb/UploadQueue''. If DIR is empty (i.e.,
``--path '''' is specified), then any previously listed directories
or directories specified in the configuration files will be ignored.
This option may be specified multiple times, and all of the
directories listed will be searched; hence, the above example could
have been written as: ``--path /srv/pbuilder/result --path
Allow SSL connections to untrusted hosts.
Bypass server-side HTTP caches by sending a Pragma: no-cache header.
- -h, --help
Show a help message.
- -V, --version
Show version information.
The two configuration files /etc/devscripts.conf
are sourced by a shell in that order to set
configuration variables. Command line options can be used to override
configuration file settings. Environment variable settings are
ignored for this purpose. The currently recognised variable is:
This can be set to a colon-separated list of directories in which to
search for files in addition to the default
/var/cache/apt/archives. It has the same effect as the --path
command line option. It is not set by default.
Set to 'no' to disable extracting downloaded source packages. Default
Set to 'no' to disable checking signatures of downloaded source
packages. Default is 'yes'.
Download all .deb
files for the previous version of a package and run debdiff
dget --all mypackage=1.2-1
debdiff --from *_1.2-1_*.deb --to *_1.2-2_*.deb
BUGS AND COMPATIBILITY
should be implemented in apt-get install -d
Before devscripts version 2.10.17, the default was not to extract the
downloaded source. Set DGET_UNPACK=no to revert to the old behaviour.
This program is Copyright (C) 2005-2013 by Christoph Berg <email@example.com
Modifications are Copyright (C) 2005-06 by Julian Gilbey <firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is licensed under the terms of the GPL, either version 2
of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
- CONFIGURATION VARIABLES
- BUGS AND COMPATIBILITY
- SEE ALSO