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debsnap - retrieve old snapshots of Debian packages
debsnap [options] package [version]
debsnap [-h | --help] [--version]
debsnap 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 http://snapshot.debian.org
By default, debsnap will download all the available versions for package that are found in the snapshot archive. If a version is speci-
fied, only that particular version will be downloaded, if available.
The following options are available:
-d destination, --destdir destination
Directory to place retrieved packages.
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 comple-
Report on the debsnap configuration being used and progress during the download operation. Please always use this option when
Download binary packages instead of source packages.
Specify architecture of downloaded binary packages. Implies --binary. This can be given multiple times in order to download binary
packages for multiple architectures.
Show a summary of these options.
Show the version of debsnap.
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
debsnap 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 down-
loaded but operations otherwise succeeded as expected. In some cases packages may fail to be downloaded because they are no longer avail-
able 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 specific a 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 a xterm version but for all architectures.
debsnap --binary xterm
Download binary packages for all version of xterm version 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.
devscripts(1), devscripts.conf(5), git-debimport(1)
David Paleino <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright (C) 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 `reportbug devscripts`
Debian devscripts July 3, 2010 DEBSNAP(1)