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DEBSNAP(1)							DebSnap User Manual							DEBSNAP(1)

debsnap - retrieve old snapshots of Debian packages SYNOPSIS
debsnap [options] package [version] debsnap [-h | --help] [--version] DESCRIPTION
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 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. OPTIONS
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 comple- tion. -v, --verbose Report on the debsnap configuration being used and progress during the download operation. Please always use this option when reporting bugs. --binary 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 multiple architectures. -h, --help Show a summary of these options. --version Show the version of debsnap. CONFIGURATION OPTIONS
debsnap may also be configured through the use of the following options in the devscripts configuration files: DEBSNAP_VERBOSE Same as the command line option --verbose. Set to yes to enable. DEBSNAP_DESTDIR Set a default path for the destination directory. If unset ./source-<package_name> will be used. The command line option --destdir will override this. DEBSNAP_BASE_URL The base url for the snapshots archive. If unset this defaults to EXIT STATUS
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. EXAMPLES
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. FILES
/etc/devscripts.conf Global devscripts configuration options. Will override hardcoded defaults. ~/.devscripts Per-user configuration options. Will override any global configuration. SEE ALSO
devscripts(1), devscripts.conf(5), git-debimport(1) AUTHORS
David Paleino <> COPYRIGHT
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. BUGS
Reporting bugs The program is part of the devscripts package. Please report bugs using `reportbug devscripts` Debian devscripts July 3, 2010 DEBSNAP(1)
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