Provided by: debconf_1.5.73_all bug


       debconf-copydb - copy a debconf database


        debconf-copydb sourcedb destdb [--pattern=pattern] [--owner-pattern=pattern] [--config=Foo:bar]


       debconf-copydb copies items from an existing debconf database into another, possibly new
       database. The two databases may have different formats; if so a conversion will
       automatically be done.


           The name of the source database. Typically it will be defined in your debconf.conf (or
           .debconfrc) file.

           The name of the destination database. It may be defined in debconf.conf or .debconfrc,
           or you might define it on the command line (see below).

       -p pattern, --pattern pattern
           If this is specified, only items in sourcedb whose names match the pattern will be

       --owner-pattern pattern
           If this is specified, only items in sourcedb whose owners match the pattern will be

       -c foo:bar, --config Foo:bar
           Set option Foo to bar. This is similar to writing:

             Foo: bar

           In debconf.conf, except you probably want to leave off the space on the command line
           (or quote it: "Foo: bar"). Generally must be used multiple times, to build up a full
           configuration stanza. While blank lines are used to separate stanzas in debconf.conf,
           this program will assume that "Name:dbname" denotes the beginning of a new stanza.


         debconf-copydb configdb backup

       Copy all of configdb to backup, assuming you already have the backup database defined in

         debconf-copydb configdb newdb --pattern='^slrn/' \
               --config=Name:newdb --config=Driver:File \

       Copy slrn's data out of configdb, and into newdb. newdb is not defined in the rc file, so
       the --config switches set up the database on the fly.

         debconf-copydb configdb stdout -c Name:stdout -c Driver:Pipe \
               -c InFd:none --pattern='^foo/'

       Spit out all the items in the debconf database related to package foo.

         debconf-copydb configdb pipe --config=Name:pipe \
                       --config=Driver:Pipe --config=InFd:none | \
               ssh remotehost debconf-copydb pipe configdb \
                       --config=Name:pipe --config=Driver:Pipe

       This uses the special purpose pipe driver to copy a database to a remote system.




       Joey Hess <>

                                            2019-08-03                          DEBCONF-COPYDB(1)