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       package-tracker - Compare and track package versions in debian repositories


       package-tracker READ COMPARE [OPTIONS]


       package-tracker is designed to compare apt(1) archives from a derrivate (debian extending
       repositories) against their parent ones. As such it is possible to track changes of
       package versions in other archives.

       The comparison mechanism in use is the one from the Python APT library. package-tracker
       checks all binary packages in regards of their source packages.

       Traversing multiple suites is done as follows.

       stable, stable-updates, stable-security are checked against their corresponding suites in
       the parent archive (source and their binary packages).

       stable-backports, stable-backports-extras are checked agains the unstable (sid) ones
       (source and their binary packages).

       stable-extras and stable-backports-extras have a check for a existing source package in
       any of the parent distribution suites.

       Within all version checks there is a test for a existing binary Non-Maintainer Upload

       package-tracker internally uses the default suite names given from apt and does not use
       codenames. Anyway, you may configure package-tracker with apt sources.list files with
       codenames (see CONFIGURATION for more information). A such it will be assumed, that your
       (current) archive is in stable release state. For a case of a debian freeze,
       package-tracker will try to use the testing release suites of the parent archive.
       Regardless of a debian repository freeze, your derrivative suites can be also in testing
       suite state.

       The --ignore-tag parameter is used to bypass the version comparison mechanism of apt. It
       is not been intended to use release tags for a derrivative version naming scheme. As such
       you can specify this version part and package-tracker will strip the tag from the end of
       each version string before using apt library comparison function. For example;

           foo-1.2-4 (a debian upstream package)
           foo-1.1-1~myderrivative1 (backports package from a debian derrivative)

       As such package foo-1.1-1 will be compared against foo-1.2-4.


       The following package-tracker common options are available:

           Specify apt sources file wich will been read to compare. See CONFIGURATION for more

           Specify apt souces file wich will been compared against. See CONFIGURATION for more

       -t, --filter-type={all|lower|obsolete|ok}
           Specify a filter for items to display. Defaults to all.

       -o, --output-type={stdout|html}
           Output defaults to stdout. A html report can be written to a file.

       -f, --file=FILE
           Specify file name to write a report to. Defaults to report.html in current working

       -i, --ignore-tag=STRING
           In case of packages with additional version tag, this string will been regarded like a
           revision tag. As such it will been not regarded in time of the version comparison
           against the parent archive.

       -v, --verbose
           Print more information.

       -d, --debug
           Set log level to DEBUG instead of INFO.


       package-tracker uses sources.list(5) configuration files, as used by apt(1). Archives from
       READ configuration file will be compared against the archives in COMPARE. There is no need
       to include apt-src repositories.

       There is no limitation in comparison to default apt sources.list(5) files usage. You may
       have to ensure to define same components for the to read and the compare configuration
       files. To ensure that package-tracker can check against the unstable (sid) release
       packages, include this one in your configuration file.

       See /usr/share/doc/package-tracker for configuration examples.


       The following files/directories are used:

           Apt sources configuration files.

           This is a separated directory for apt to ensure to not use default apt instance on
           your host.

           This is were the log file is placed.

           HTML template wich will been used to generate the report. Can be modified for your own

           Configuration examples.


       package-tracker(7), apt(1), sources.list(5).


       More information about package-tracker and the Open Infrastructure project can be found on
       the homepage at


       Bug reports, feature requests, help, patches, support and everything else are welcome on
       the Open Infrastructure Software Mailing List <>.

       Debian specific bugs can also be reported in the Debian Bug Tracking System at


       package-tracker was written by Andreas Kreuzer <>.