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       cupt_tutorial - tutorial for cupt package manager


       Cupt is a high-level package manager for Debian and Debian-derived OSes, with dpkg(1) as a

       The aim of this manual is to describe the all features Cupt package manager has to  manage
       the   system,   from  the  most  basics  to  very  advanced  tuning.  Please  submit  your
       proposals/patches when you see some use case is not covered.

       This manual was written for the second major version of Cupt (2.x branch). Most of  it  is
       however applicable to first major version (1.x branch) too.

   Disadvantages and advantages
       You might not want to use Cupt, because:

              ·  Cupt  is  "unofficial"  package  manager. Currently, nothing in Debian ecosystem
                 uses Cupt. It also means you won't get a  support  for  it  on  most  of  Debian
                 resources   (you   can   however   file   bugs   or   join   IRC   channel,  see

              ·  Cupt is not very well tested by users yet. Its  userbase  is  relatively  small.
                 However, you are invited to test it and increase the number of users.

              ·  Some  features  which  are  present  in  other  high-level  package managers are

                 Among them: GUI and TUI interfaces, cdrom:// URI  download  method,  integration
                 with cron(8). And there are probably many more.

       You might want to use Cupt to have these, to my best knowledge, unique features:

              ·  integration with debdelta (binary package deltas)

              ·  synchronization by source versions

              ·  strict, full-case, configurable problem resolver

              ·  full tree errors for unresolvable dependency problems

              ·  package manager shell

              ·  satisfy subcommand

              ·  changeset-based system modifications for systems with low free disk space

              ·  APT-like option name checker

              ·  dpkg  action  sequences with heuristics to make an average number of packages in
                 interim states low

       Also, one of Cupt's targets is to have zero non-wishlist bugs. You might want to try it if
       you encountered a bug in other package manager(s).

   Getting started
       To start working with Cupt just install it using any present package manager (for example,
       apt-get install cupt or aptitude install cupt) and run cupt update afterwards.

       Cupt uses existing APT infrastructure for the work. It should be safe to co-use  Cupt  and
       any APT-based package managers.

       Note:  since  version  2.1.0,  Cupt  uses its own directory for repository index lists, so
       apt-get update, aptitude update etc. do not change Cupt index data anymore.

       When using commands that modify a system, you  have  to  either  execute  cupt  with  root
       privileges or supply --simulate (or -s) option.

       Use cupt help to get a list of subcommands and their short descriptions.


   The debian system as Cupt sees it
       Cupt  package  manager  sees  the  Debian  system  as  a  set  of  installed  packages and
       repositories of available packages.

       Each binary package has zero, one or more versions, of which zero or one versions  may  be

       Any  installed package may be marked as automatically installed, it means that user didn't
       ask for this package to be installed,  but  it  is  needed  to  satisfy  some  dependency.
       Packages which are not automatically installed are manually installed.

       Available  versions  (including  installed  one) of the binary package have unique version

   Errors and warnings
       Cupt uses three types of output to user: information, warnings and errors.

       All warning messages are prepended with W:. They mean non-critical errors, which  may  be,
       depending on the situation, real errors or things to ignore.

       All  error  messages  are  prepended  with  E:.  Most of errors block the executing of the
       program, but not all.

       Errors and warnings are written to the standard error.

       All other messages are the information for the user. They are written to standard output.

   Exploring the system
   what packages are installed?
       cupt pkgnames --installed-only

       gives you the list, one package name per line. You can also use

       dpkg -l | grep "^ii"

       for more detailed information.

   getting information about an installed package
       dpkg -s package_name


       cupt show --installed-only package_name

       A second command is preferable, for example,  when  you  want  to  know  is  this  package
       automatically installed or not.

   details of available package versions
       To show a default package version:

       cupt show package_name

       Example: cupt show dpkg

       To show all available package versions:

       cupt show --all-versions package_name

       If you want to see a Debian changelog for a package, use the subcommand changelog.

       Example: cupt changelog exim4

       If you want to see a Debian copyright file a for a package, use the subcommand copyright.

       Example: cupt copyright exim4

       Note:  Cupt  can  show  changelogs  and  copyrights  either for installed packages, or for
       packages available in official repositories in Debian or Ubuntu.

   searching for a package
       To search for a package, specify one or more regular expressions as arguments:

       cupt search keyword1 keyword2 ... keywordN

       Example: you want to find a Qt-based audio player:

       cupt search audio qt player: found qmmp.

       cupt search music qt player: found also amarok.

       Another example: you want to find GTK+-related Perl modules:

       cupt search --names-only "gtk.*perl"

   Updating repository metadata
       To update repository medadata, use

       cupt update

       It's recommended to update metadata every time before you install or upgrade packages.

       Note: Cupt downloads quite a many files to update repository metadata. Some files  may  be
       downloaded in 2-3 different ways (like indexes) or are not so important (like translations
       for package descriptions). You may see some warnings,  but  if  you  don't  see  an  error
       message like

       E: there were errors while downloading release and index data

       , the process overall went fine. You can also check program exit code.

   Modifying the system
   package actions terminology
       When some package is changing its state, Cupt calls the action:


              when a package which wasn't installed is now going to be installed


              when a package will be removed


              when a new (bigger) version of the already installed package is to be installed


              when an old (more less) version of the already installed package is to be installed


              when a package and its configuration files will be removed

   action preview prompt
       An example of action preview prompt:

       $ cupt install kdm akregator exim4
       Building the package cache...
       Initializing package resolver and worker...
       Scheduling requested actions...
       Resolving possible unmet dependencies...

       The following packages will be installed:

       exim4 exim4-base exim4-config exim4-daemon-light

       The following packages will be upgraded:

       kde-window-manager kdebase-workspace-bin kdebase-workspace-data
       kdebase-workspace-kgreet-plugins kdm ksysguard ksysguardd libkdecorations4
       libkephal4abi1 libkscreensaver5 libksgrd4 libksignalplotter4
       libkwineffects1abi1 libkworkspace4 libplasma-geolocation-interface4
       libplasmaclock4abi1 libplasmagenericshell4 libprocesscore4abi1 libprocessui4a
       libsolidcontrol4abi1 libsolidcontrolifaces4abi1 libtaskmanager4abi1
       libweather-ion6 plasma-dataengines-workspace plasma-desktop

       The following packages will be removed:

       libgsasl7(a) libntlm0(a) msmtp(a) msmtp-mta

       Action summary:
         1 manually installed and 3 automatically installed packages will be installed
         1 manually installed and 25 automatically installed packages will be upgraded
         1 manually installed and 3 automatically installed packages will be removed

       Need to get 25.7MiB/83.4MiB of archives. After unpacking 3512KiB will be used.
       Do you want to continue? [y/N/q/a/?]

       In  the  output  above  you can see: lists of packages to change the state, the summary of
       planned changes, the total download amount of  packages  (83.4MiB),  the  download  amount
       considering  the cache of already downloaded archives (25.7MiB), an estimate of difference
       in disk usage after the actions (+3512KiB), a user prompt what to do.

       For removed and purged packages, a suffix (a) is appended to a package name if  a  package
       was automatically installed.

       The following answers to a user prompt are available:


              accept a solution, i.e. proceed with it


              decline a solution, i.e. ask to find another solution


              don't do anything, quit immediately


              output a short help about available answers


              explained here

   installing packages
       To install a package:

       cupt install package_name

       Example: cupt install exim4

       To install several packages:

       cupt install package_name_1 package_name_2 ... package_name_N

       Example: cupt install exim4 kvirc kdm

   upgrading packages
       To  upgrade  one  or  more  installed  packages,  use  the same commands as for installing

   removing packages
       To remove a package:

       cupt remove package_name


       cupt remove gdb

       To remove several packages:

       cupt remove package_name_1 package_name_2 ... package_name_N


       cupt remove gdb kvirc exim4

   upgrading the whole system
       To upgrade as many packages as possible:

       cupt full-upgrade

       In the mode above, Cupt will even consider removing manually installed  packages.  If  you
       want to restrict removing manually installed packages, do

       cupt full-upgrade --no-remove

       Or, shorter:

       cupt safe-upgrade

       There  is  the  third  upgrade  mode,  which  is to be used for upgrades to the next major
       distribution releases:

       cupt dist-upgrade

       This subcommand upgrades Cupt itself and dpkg at first, and  then  calls  new  version  of
       itself to upgrade the rest.

   purging packages
       To  purge  a  package,  i.e. remove a package along with its configuration files and maybe
       some dynamically generated or runtime files:

       cupt remove --purge package_name


       cupt purge package_name

       To purge several packages:

       cupt purge package_name_1 package_name_2 ... package_name_N


       cupt purge gdb

   Package archives cleaning
       Whenever Cupt needs to install, upgrade or downgrade packages it downloads binary  package
       archives  (.deb files) to an archive cache. These archives are not removed after the first
       usage so they can be reused later.

       If you do upgrades often, it's a good idea to periodically delete old package archives  to
       save the disk space. It's done by the subcommand autoclean:

       cupt autoclean

       The  command  above  will  delete  all  package  archives which do not belong to currently
       available repositories.

       If you want to remove all archives from the cache, do

       cupt clean

       Both subcommands above will also remove the partially downloaded archive files  which  may
       stay around after the terminated download operations.


   Working with multiple package versions
   changing repositories
       Cupt uses the same repository list format as APT. See sources.list(5).

   release information
       Each version of a certain package has one or more sources where it comes from.

       Each  source  consists of download information and a subrepository information, or release

       The following properties belong to release information:

       basic URI

              a common prefix of URIs for all files which come  for  this  (sub)repository  (also
              referred as origin in APT documentation)



              a repository archive name, for example testing or stable


              a release code name, for example wheezy or sid


              a subrepository component name, for example main or non-free


              a vendor name, for example: Debian


              a vendor-provided label, for example: Debian-Security


              a release version, for example: 6.0


              a repository description line

       Any of properties above may be empty.

       To see available releases:

       cupt policy


        $ cupt policy
        Package files:
          /var/lib/dpkg/status installed/: o=dpkg,a=installed,l=,c=,v=,n=now
 stable/main: o=Debian,a=stable,l=Debian,c=main,v=6.0,n=squeeze
 stable/main: o=Debian,a=stable,l=Debian-Security,c=main,v=6.0,n=squeeze
 squeeze-updates/main: o=Debian,a=squeeze-updates,l=Debian,c=main,v=,n=squeeze-updates
 testing/main: o=Debian,a=testing,l=Debian,c=main,v=,n=wheezy
 testing/contrib: o=Debian,a=testing,l=Debian,c=contrib,v=,n=wheezy
 testing/non-free: o=Debian,a=testing,l=Debian,c=non-free,v=,n=wheezy
 unstable/main: o=Debian,a=unstable,l=Debian,c=main,v=,n=sid
 unstable/contrib: o=Debian,a=unstable,l=Debian,c=contrib,v=,n=sid
 unstable/non-free: o=Debian,a=unstable,l=Debian,c=non-free,v=,n=sid
 experimental/main: o=Debian,a=experimental,l=Debian,c=main,v=,n=experimental

       The format of lines above:

       basic_URI archive/component: o=vendor,a=archive,l=label,c=component,v=version,n=codename

       Note that "installed" release have the archive installed and the codename now.

       To see the release descriptions of releases a version belongs to:

       cupt show --with-release-info package_name


       cupt show --with-release-info dpkg

   version pinning system
       Each package version has a pin, an integer number.

       Amongst all versions of the same binary package, the one who has maximal pin is policy, or
       preferred version.  It's also candidate in APT terminology and in Cupt before 2.3.

       Cupt  assigns  pins   to   package   versions   according   to   the   APT   documentation
       (apt_preferences(5)). Plus, it adds:

              ·  1 to pin of every version which has a signed source

              ·  downgrade penalty (the option cupt::cache::pin::addendums::downgrade)

              ·  hold    penalty    for    packages    that    are    'on   hold'   (the   option

              ·  not automatic penalty for versions which come solely from sources marked as  not
                 automatic,  for  example,  from  Debian  experimental  distribution  (the option

       Note that sometimes the way APT assigns pins to versions is not the way described  in  its
       documentation,  so  Cupt's  pins  (modulo Cupt-specific additions described above) are not
       necessarily identical to what APT produces.

   what package versions are available?
       cupt policy package_name


        $ cupt policy dpkg
          Version table:
       testing/main (signed)
       unstable/main (unsigned)
       testing/main (signed)
       unstable/main (signed)
         *** 100
                /var/lib/dpkg/status installed/ (unsigned)
             1.14.31 -1499
       oldstable/main (signed)

       In the output  above  we  can  see:  installed  version  (''),  preferred  version
       ('') and a version table. In total, 3 versions of dpkg are available.

       For  each  version  in version table we can see (on example of ''): a version pin
       ('991'), a list of repositories where this version is available.

       Each repository line is:

       basic_URI archive/component (signedness)

       The repository marked as signed if it has a valid and  verified  cryptographic  signature,
       and unsigned otherwise.

   selecting binary package versions
       When there are more than one version for a package, Cupt provides following ways to select
       a version of the binary package in the arguments of the various subcommands:

       policy version

              to select a policy version, just specify a package name alone.


              cupt show dpkg

       specific version

              to select an exact version of the package, use the suffix =version.


              cupt show dpkg=

       by archive or codename

              to select a version in release with known  archive  or  codename,  use  the  suffix
              /archive or /codename.


              cupt show dpkg/unstable

              cupt show dpkg/sid

       The  syntax described above is known as binary package version expression.  In the cupt(1)
       manual page all subcommands which accept this syntax are clearly marked as such.

   Combining multiple version arguments
       Many subcommands accept several arguments of the same meaning. Examples:

       cupt show dpkg cupt libpqxx3=3.0.2-1

       cupt install youtube-dl clive/stable

       cupt remove libabc-dev libefg-dev libxyz-dev

       cupt policy perl perl-base

       You can use wildcards * and ? to select multiple package names. Examples:

              ·  cupt show perl-b*

                 Shows policy versions of packages which names start  with  perl-b,  for  example
                 perl-base and perl-byacc.

              ·  cupt show perl-*/experimental

                 Shows  experimental  version  of packages which names start with perl- and which
                 have experimental versions. In  other  words,  packages  without  a  version  in
                 experimental distribution won't be selected.

              ·  cupt show *=2.0.0-1 | grep Package

                 List  packages  which  have  a version 2.0.0-1. Using wildcards with versions is
                 maybe useless, but possible.

              ·  cupt full-upgrade xserver-xorg-*/installed

                 Perform a full upgrade but keep all installed packages with names starting  with
                 xserver-xorg- at their current versions.

              ·  cupt show ?aff*

                 Show  policy versions of packages with names which have 'a', 'f' and 'f' on 2nd,
                 3rd and 4th positions (starting with 1st), respectively.

   Overriding package management actions
   Action override options
       You can use  special  positional  options  --install,  --remove,  --purge,  --satisfy  and
       --unsatisfy  to  override  the specified action until the end of the arguments or the next
       action override option.


       cupt remove youtube-dl --install clive --satisfy "iceweasel (>= 4)" --purge cvs subversion --install git --unsatisfy "xinput (<< 1.5)"

       The command above will install packages clive and  git,  remove  the  package  youtube-dl,
       purge  packages  cvs  and subversion, make sure that the package iceweasel of version 4 or
       higher is installed, make sure that the package xinput either is not installed or has  the
       version 1.5 or higher.

   Package name suffixes
       Alternatively,  you  can supply some suffixes to package names, that suffixes override the
       current action for the suffixed package(s) only:


              "install this"


              "remove this"

       You can use the + modifier in subcommands: remove, purge. Examples:

       cupt remove youtube-dl clive+: remove youtube-dl, install clive

       cupt purge exim4 msmtp-mta+ mutt/experimental+: remove exim4 along with its  configuration
       files, install msmtp-mta and mutt (from experimental)

       You can use the - modifier in the install and *-upgrade-like subcommands. Examples:

       cupt  install  gnuchess/unstable  gnome-chess  pychess-: install gnuchess (from unstable),
       gnome-chess, remove pychess

       cupt full-upgrade cvs-:

       a) cvs is installed -> do an upgrade with removing cvs

       b) cvs is not installed -> do an upgrade, keeping cvs uninstalled

   Using package archive deltas
       Cupt has an integration (through a special download method) with debdelta(1). To make Cupt
       try  to download archive deltas before downloading full archives, just install the package
       debdelta and that's it. No manual invocation of debdelta utilities is needed.

       See more about debdelta project here:

   Listing dependency information
       To list the dependencies of one or more package versions, use the subcommand depends:

       cupt depends libc6/testing arora/unstable

       If you don't want to see Recommends there, use --important:

       cupt depends --important libc6/testing

       If, on the contrary, you want to see even Suggests, use --with-suggests:

       cupt depends --with-suggests libc6/testing

       You can also list selected relations recursively, using --recurse:

       cupt depends --recurse dpkg

       If you want to see a reverse dependencies of some version, use the subcommand rdepends:

       cupt rdepends xz-utils

       All the command switches described here are also applicable to rdepends as well.

   Action preview prompt (extended)
       Starting with Cupt 2.3 an action summary is shown by default.

       To remove it, use --no-summary command-line option. To  remove  it  permanently,  set  the
       configuration option cupt::console::actions-preview::show-summary to no.

       Alternatively,  you may want to hide details and view only a summary, this can be achieved
       by specifying  --summary-only  command-line  option.  This  option  can  be  useful  in  a
       conjunction with --simulate command-line option to have a quick preview.

   detailed solution preview
       You can request more information to show in the action preview prompt:

              ·  package versions

                 Use --show-versions (-V) option. Example:

                  $ cupt install gcc-4.6 -V
                  Building the package cache...
                  Initializing package resolver and worker...
                  Scheduling requested actions...
                  Resolving possible unmet dependencies...

                  The following packages will be installed:

                  cpp-4.6 [4.6.0~rc1-1]
                  gcc-4.6 [4.6.0~rc1-1]
                  gcc-4.6-base [4.6.0~rc1-1]
                  libppl-c4 [0.11.2-3]
                  libppl9 [0.11.2-3]
                  libpwl5 [0.11.2-3]
                  libquadmath0 [4.6.0~rc1-1]

                  The following packages will be upgraded:

                  binutils [2.20.1-15 ->]
                  libcloog-ppl0 [0.15.9-2 -> 0.15.9-3]
                  libgcc1 [1:4.5.2-1 -> 1:4.6.0~rc1-1]
                  libgomp1 [4.5.2-1 -> 4.6.0~rc1-1]

              ·  by-package disk usage changes

                 Use --show-size-changes (-Z) option. Example:

                  $ cupt install gcc-4.6 -Z
                  Building the package cache...
                  Initializing package resolver and worker...
                  Scheduling requested actions...
                  Resolving possible unmet dependencies...

                  The following packages will be installed:

                  cpp-4.6 <+10.6MiB>
                  gcc-4.6 <+15.0MiB>
                  gcc-4.6-base <+192KiB>
                  libppl-c4 <+4264KiB>
                  libppl9 <+1176KiB>
                  libpwl5 <+100KiB>
                  libquadmath0 <+496KiB>

                  The following packages will be upgraded:

                  binutils <+1300KiB>
                  libgcc1 <+8192B>
                  libgomp1 <+16.0KiB>

              ·  change reasons

                 To  show,  why  resolver  did  the  change(s),  use  --show-reasons (-D) option.

                  $ cupt install gcc-4.6 -D
                  Building the package cache...
                  Initializing package resolver and worker...
                  Scheduling requested actions...
                  Resolving possible unmet dependencies...

                  The following packages will be installed:

                    reason: gcc-4.6 4.6.0~rc1-1 depends on 'cpp-4.6 (= 4.6.0~rc1-1)'

                    reason: user request

                    reason: cpp-4.6 4.6.0~rc1-1 depends on 'gcc-4.6-base (= 4.6.0~rc1-1)'

                    reason: gcc-4.6 4.6.0~rc1-1 depends on 'libppl-c4'

                    reason: gcc-4.6 4.6.0~rc1-1 depends on 'libppl9'

                    reason: libppl-c4 0.11.2-3 depends on 'libpwl5'

                    reason: gcc-4.6 4.6.0~rc1-1 depends on 'libquadmath0 (>= 4.6.0~rc1-1)'

                  The following packages will be upgraded:

                    reason: gcc-4.6 4.6.0~rc1-1 depends on 'binutils (>= 2.21~)'

                    reason: gcc-4.6 4.6.0~rc1-1 depends on 'libcloog-ppl0 (>= 0.15.9-3~)'

                    reason: gcc-4.6 4.6.0~rc1-1 depends on 'libgcc1 (>= 1:4.6.0~rc1-1)'

                    reason: gcc-4.6 4.6.0~rc1-1 depends on 'libgomp1 (>= 4.6.0~rc1-1)'

              ·  show not preferred versions

                 To show packages which will have a not preferred version  (which  usually  means
                 not (enough) upgraded), use --show-not-preferred option.

                 This is enabled for upgrades by default.

                 For non-upgrade example, the next command may be used to determine the installed
                 packages which have a better candidate (again, usually that means  they  can  be

                  $ cupt install --no-auto-remove --show-not-preferred -V
                  Building the package cache...
                  Initializing package resolver and worker...
                  Scheduling requested actions...
                  Resolving possible unmet dependencies...

                  The following packages will have a not preferred version:

                  comerr-dev [2.1-1.41.12-4], preferred: 2.1-1.41.12-4stable1
                  e2fslibs [1.41.12-4], preferred: 1.41.12-4stable1
                  e2fsprogs [1.41.12-4], preferred: 1.41.12-4stable1
                  libcomerr2 [1.41.12-4], preferred: 1.41.12-4stable1
                  libkadm5clnt-mit7 [1.8.3+dfsg-4], preferred: 1.8.3+dfsg-4squeeze2
                  libkadm5srv-mit7 [1.8.3+dfsg-4], preferred: 1.8.3+dfsg-4squeeze2
                  libkdb5-4 [1.8.3+dfsg-4], preferred: 1.8.3+dfsg-4squeeze2
                  libss2 [1.41.12-4], preferred: 1.41.12-4stable1
                  linux-image-2.6.32-5-amd64 [2.6.32-34squeeze1], preferred: 2.6.32-38
                  openssh-client [1:5.5p1-6], preferred: 1:5.5p1-6+squeeze1
                  tzdata [2011g-1], preferred: 2011k-0squeeze1

       You can also combine them.

   specifying more package expression arguments
       In  a solution preview (action preview prompt) you have an ability to specify more package
       expressions and a restart a resolving process. To do this, use the choice a. Example:

        $ cupt install gnash
        Building the package cache...
        Initializing package resolver and worker...
        Scheduling requested actions...
        Resolving possible unmet dependencies...

        The following packages will be installed:

        dmsetup dosfstools freepats fuse-utils gconf2-common gnash gnash-common
        gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad
        gstreamer0.10-plugins-base gvfs hdparm libass4 libatasmart4
        libboost-thread1.42.0 libcdaudio1 libcelt0-0 libexempi3 libexif12 libfftw3-3
        libflite1 libfuse2 libgconf2-4 libgdu0 libgme0 libgnome-keyring0 libgsf-1-114
        libgsf-1-common libgtkglext1 libgudev-1.0-0 libidl0 libiptcdata0 libkate1
        liblvm2app2.2 libmimic0 libmms0 libmodplug1 libmusicbrainz4c2a libntfs-3g75
        libntfs10 libofa0 libopenspc0 liborbit2 liborc-0.4-0 libparted0debian1
        libpolkit-backend-1-0 libraptor2-0 librasqal3 librsvg2-2 libsgutils2-2
        libslv2-9 libsoundtouch0 libvisual-0.4-0 libvisual-0.4-plugins libwildmidi1
        libyajl1 libzbar0 mtools ntfs-3g ntfsprogs policykit-1 policykit-1-gnome udisks

        The following packages will be upgraded:

        libblkid1 libdbus-glib-1-2 libdevmapper1.02.1 libglib2.0-0
        libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0 libgstreamer0.10-0 libpcre3 libpolkit-agent-1-0
        libpolkit-gobject-1-0 librdf0 libschroedinger-1.0-0 libudev0

        The following packages will be removed:

        libeggdbus-1-0(a) librasqal2(a)

        Need to get 62.3MiB/62.3MiB of archives. After unpacking 105MiB will be used.
        Do you want to continue? [y/N/q/a/?] a
        Enter a package expression (empty to finish): libgnome-keyring0-
        Enter a package expression (empty to finish):

        The following packages will be installed:

        freepats gnash gnash-common gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3
        gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-base libass4
        libboost-thread1.42.0 libcdaudio1 libcelt0-0 libexempi3 libexif12 libfftw3-3
        libflite1 libgme0 libgsf-1-114 libgsf-1-common libgtkglext1 libgudev-1.0-0
        libiptcdata0 libkate1 libmimic0 libmms0 libmodplug1 libmusicbrainz4c2a libofa0
        libopenspc0 liborc-0.4-0 libraptor2-0 librasqal3 librsvg2-2 libslv2-9
        libsoundtouch0 libvisual-0.4-0 libvisual-0.4-plugins libwildmidi1 libyajl1

        The following packages will be upgraded:

        libglib2.0-0 libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0 libgstreamer0.10-0 libpcre3
        librdf0 libschroedinger-1.0-0 libudev0

        The following packages will be removed:


        Leave the following dependencies unresolved:

        gstreamer0.10-plugins-base 0.10.30-1 recommends 'gvfs'

        Need to get 56.2MiB/56.2MiB of archives. After unpacking 85.6MiB will be used.
        Do you want to continue? [y/N/q/a/?]

       The effect above is the same as if you specified

       cupt install gnash libgnome-keyring0-
       in the command line from the start.

       Some parts of the actions preview will be colored if you  enable  colors  by  setting  the
       option cupt::console::use-colors to auto or yes (see cupt.conf(5)).

       In  the  colored  output  different  colors  specify  different  actions  types.  Manually
       installed package names and potentially unsafe actions have bold colors.

   Adjusting configuration variables
       There are two types of configuration variables  -  regular  (or  scalar)  and  list  ones.
       Scalar  options  have a single scalar value, and list option's value is a list of strings.
       Modifying a scalar option means substituting its previous value completely in favor of new
       specified one, modifying a list option means adding one more string to the existing list.

       Cupt  has  many  configuration  variables,  some of them may be specified/overridden using
       command-line switches, some needs to be modified explicitly. See the  full  variable  list
       and descriptions at cupt.conf(5).

       To see the current configuration, use config-dump subcommand. Examples:

        $ cupt config-dump | grep recommends
        apt::install-recommends "yes";
        cupt::resolver::keep-recommends "yes";
        cupt::resolver::tune-score::failed-recommends "600";

        $ cupt config-dump | grep "methods "
        cupt::downloader::protocols::copy::methods { "file"; };
        cupt::downloader::protocols::debdelta::methods { "debdelta"; };
        cupt::downloader::protocols::file::methods { "file"; };
        cupt::downloader::protocols::ftp::methods { "curl"; };
        cupt::downloader::protocols::ftp::methods { "wget"; };
        cupt::downloader::protocols::http::methods { "curl"; };
        cupt::downloader::protocols::http::methods { "wget"; };
        cupt::downloader::protocols::https::methods { "curl"; };
        cupt::downloader::protocols::https::methods { "wget"; };

       You can distinguish list options there by figure brackets around the values.

       Cupt  reads  configuration  first  from  APT  configuration  files  (conforming to the APT
       documentation  (apt.conf(5))),  then   from   Cupt-specific   configuration   files   (see
       cupt.conf(5)/cupt::directory::configuration),  then applies those specified in the command
       line using --option (or -o) switch or by dedicated switches corresponding to the option.

       To modify a regular option in the command line, use

       -o option_name=new_value


       cupt install kmail -o cupt::console::assume-yes=yes

       To modify a list option (i.e. add a new string) in the command line, use

       -o option_name::=added_string


       cupt -s update -o "apt::update::pre-invoke::=ls /var"

       You can use -o multiple times.

   Automatically installed packages
       If you want to know, is a certain package automatically installed or not, do

       cupt show --installed-only package_name


       cupt show --installed-only dpkg

       To list manually installed packages:

       cupt showauto --invert

       To list automatically installed packages:

       cupt showauto

       To mark some package(s) as automatically  installed,  use  the  markauto  subcommand,  for

       cupt markauto libqtcore4 udev

       To mark some package(s) as manually installed, use the unmarkauto subcommand, for example:

       cupt unmarkauto tar traceroute

       When  doing  installs/upgrades/etc. all newly installed packages not requested by user are
       marked as automatically installed. For every package management  actions  Cupt's  resolver
       can   determine   if  some  automatically  installed  packages  are  not  needed  anymore.
       Automatically installed packages, which are no more a  part  of  any  valuable  dependency
       chain of manually installed packages, are deleted by default. The names of this process is

       If you don't want auto-removal to be performed, use --no-auto-remove  switch  or  set  the
       option cupt::resolver::auto-remove to no.

   Soft dependencies
       All  forward interdependencies between packages can be divided into two groups -- hard and
       soft ones. While hard dependencies must be  satisfied  in  order  to  make  a  system  (or
       proposed  solution)  valid,  soft  ones  may  stay  unsatisfied.   Hard  dependencies  are
       'Pre-Depends', 'Depends'. Soft dependencies are 'Recommends', 'Suggests'  and  'Enhances'.
       Cupt  completely  ignores  'Enhances',  but can act on 'Recommends' or 'Suggests'. All the
       remainder of this section is dedicated to the last two.

       By default, Cupt ignores 'Suggests', but tries to, with an average priority,  satisfy  new
       dependencies in 'Recommends' and keep already satisfied 'Recommends'.

       You can use the following options to change the behavior:


              set  this  to  no to not satisfy new 'Recommends'. See also the command-line switch


              set this to no to make resolver ignore all 'Recommends'


              set this yes to make resolver try to satisfy new 'Suggests'


              set this to yes to make resolver try to keep already satisfied 'Suggests'

       Note 1: having the option apt::install-X set to yes without cupt::resolver::keep-X set  to
       yes as well is useless, Cupt's native resolver will warn about it.

       Note  2:  even when the appropriate apt::install-X option is set, Cupt ignores not changed
       soft dependencies.  Say, if there is an installed package gettext  of  version  1.2  which
       Recommends: cvs, a relation cvs is not satisfied in the system, and gettext is upgraded to
       a version 1.3 which also have the same Recommends: cvs, Cupt won't  try  to  satisfy  this

   Understanding package installation process
       After  you  agree  with  a  proposed  solution (by entering a positive answer in an action
       preview prompt) Cupt starts a package installation  process,  which  is  done  in  several

              1. preparation

                 In  this  phase  Cupt  computes  the  order in which dpkg(1) will called and the
                 options to pass. This phase may take a while for large changes.

              2. downloading

                 In this phase Cupt downloads needed binary packages (*.deb). May be empty if  no
                 packages are needed or all needed packages are already in the cache.

              3. pre-hooks

                 In  this  phase  Cupt  calls  registered pre-hooks (options dpkg::pre-invoke and
                 dpkg::pre-install-pkgs)  if  any.  Examples  of  them  are   apt-listchanges(1),
                 apt-listbugs(1)  and  dpkg-preconfigure(1).   These  hooks may ask questions and
                 cancel the whole package installation process.

              4. action themselves

                 In this phase Cupt calls dpkg as many  times  as  needed  to  perform  requested

              5. post-hooks

                 In this phase Cupt calls registered post-hooks (the option dpkg::post-invoke) if

       Note: Cupt itself does not ask anything from the  user  during  the  package  installation
       process. All questions usually come from programs which Cupt calls.


        1: # cupt install cmake

       This is a command line.

        2: Building the package cache...
        3: Initializing package resolver and worker...
        4: Scheduling requested actions...
        5: Resolving possible unmet dependencies...

       These are information messages from Cupt.

        7: The following 4 packages will be INSTALLED:
        9: libarchive1 libcurl3 libssh2-1 libxmlrpc-core-c3
        11: The following 2 packages will be UPGRADED:
        13: cmake cmake-data
        15: Need to get 5637KiB/6007KiB of archives. After unpacking 1963KiB will be freed.
        16: Do you want to continue? [y/N/q/a/?] y

       This is an action preview prompt.

        17: Performing requested actions:

       This is the 'preparation' phase.

        18: Get:1 wheezy/main,sid/main,wheezy/main,sid/main cmake-data 2.8.4+dfsg.1-2 [1224KiB]
        19: Get:2 wheezy/main,sid/main,wheezy/main,sid/main cmake 2.8.4+dfsg.1-2 [4102KiB]
        20: Get:3 wheezy/main,sid/main,wheezy/main,sid/main libarchive1 2.8.4-1 [149KiB]
        21: Get:4 wheezy/main,sid/main,wheezy/main,sid/main libxmlrpc-core-c3 1.16.33-2 [162KiB]
        22: Fetched 5637KiB in 1s.

       This is the 'downloading' phase.

        23: Reading changelogs... Done

       This is the 'pre-hooks' phase (namely, apt-listchanges in this case).

        24: Selecting previously deselected package libarchive1.
        25: (Reading database ... 94022 files and directories currently installed.)
        26: Unpacking libarchive1 (from .../libarchive1_2.8.4-1_i386.deb) ...
        27: Setting up libarchive1 (2.8.4-1) ...
        28: Processing triggers for man-db ...
        29: Selecting previously deselected package libssh2-1.
        30: (Reading database ... 94034 files and directories currently installed.)
        31: Unpacking libssh2-1 (from .../libssh2-1_1.2.6-1_i386.deb) ...
        32: Setting up libssh2-1 (1.2.6-1) ...
        33: Selecting previously deselected package libcurl3.
        34: (Reading database ... 94041 files and directories currently installed.)
        35: Unpacking libcurl3 (from .../libcurl3_7.21.3-1_i386.deb) ...
        36: Setting up libcurl3 (7.21.3-1) ...
        37: Selecting previously deselected package libxmlrpc-core-c3.
        38: (Reading database ... 94058 files and directories currently installed.)
        39: Unpacking libxmlrpc-core-c3 (from .../libxmlrpc-core-c3_1.16.33-2_i386.deb) ...
        40: Setting up libxmlrpc-core-c3 (1.16.33-2) ...
        41: (Reading database ... 94080 files and directories currently installed.)
        42: Removing cmake ...
        43: Processing triggers for man-db ...
        44: (Reading database ... 94071 files and directories currently installed.)
        45: Preparing to replace cmake-data 2.8.1-2 (using .../cmake-data_2.8.4+dfsg.1-2_all.deb) ...
        46: Unpacking replacement cmake-data ...
        47: Setting up cmake-data (2.8.4+dfsg.1-2) ...
        48: emacsen-common: Handling install of emacsen flavor emacs
        49: Processing triggers for man-db ...
        50: Selecting previously deselected package cmake.
        51: (Reading database ... 94087 files and directories currently installed.)
        52: Unpacking cmake (from .../cmake_2.8.4+dfsg.1-2_i386.deb) ...
        53: Setting up cmake (2.8.4+dfsg.1-2) ...
        54: Processing triggers for man-db ...

       This  is  the  'action  themselves'  phase,  dpkg's  output  and  messages  from packages'
       maintainer scripts.

       In the case the process fails at phase 'action themselves' (either due  to  bug  in  Cupt,
       dpkg,  or packages), you'll see some error messages from dpkg and then error messages from

   Source packages
       Source packages are the files from which binary packages are built. They  have  two  major

              ·  Source packages cannot be "installed" to the system like binary packages.

              ·  Unlike binary packages, source package consists of 3 or more files, not a single

                 ·  tarball(s)

                    one or more compressed tar(1) archives containing an upstream code

                 ·  diff

                    a  file  containing  Debian  changes,  may   be   missing   in   the   native
                    (Debian-specific) packages

                 ·  dsc

                    a text file with some headers

       To view a source package information:

       cupt showsrc package_name


       cupt showsrc cupt

       You can specify more than one package, for example:

       cupt showsrc sed mawk

       To view available source versions, pin info and releases versions come from, use policysrc
       subcommand. Its output is the same as for policy subcommand. Example:

       cupt policysrc sed mawk

       To download source package(s), use the source subcommand, for example:

       cupt source clive youtube-dl

       By default source subcommand also unpack the package so it's ready for the  exploring  and
       building.  To  prevent  this, use the --download-only switch.  Also, you can download only
       one part of source package, use switches --tar-only, --diff-only and --dsc-only for that.

   satisfying build dependencies
       If you want to build binary packages out of a source one, you will have to satisfy  source
       package's build dependencies before. Use the subcommand build-dep to do it, for example:

       cupt build-dep clive

       All new packages, installed by this subcommand, will be marked as automatically installed,
       and will be a subject for auto-removal (#auto-removal) at next package management action.

       So, the process of building binary packages out of source one may be, taking clive package
       as an example:

        cupt source clive
        cupt build-dep clive
        cd clive-2.2.13 && debuild && cd ../
        cupt install

       The last line will remove all unneeded anymore packages (given auto-removal is turned on),
       including those installed by build-dep.

   selecting source package versions
       You can select source package versions in two ways:

              1. Provide a source package version expression. It has the same  syntax  as  binary
                 package  version expression, but instead of specifying a binary package name you
                 specify a source package name.


                 cupt showsrc game-music-emu=0.5.5-2 gcc-defaults/experimental

              2. Provide a binary package version expression, which will be converted to a source
                 package version expression when possible.


                  $ cupt show g++/experimental | head -n5
                  Package: g++
                  Version: 4:4.6.0-2exp1
                  Status: not installed
                  Source: gcc-defaults
                  Source version: 1.101exp1
                  $ cupt showsrc g++/experimental | head -n3
                  Package: gcc-defaults
                  Binary: cpp, g++, g++-multilib, gobjc, gobjc-multilib, gobjc++,
                  gobjc++-multilib, gfortran, gfortran-multilib, gccgo, gccgo-multilib,
                  libgcj-common, gcj, gij, libgcj-bc, gcj-jdk, gcj-jre-headless, gcj-jre, gcc,
                  gcc-multilib, gdc, gcc-spu, g++-spu, gfortran-spu
                  Version: 1.101exp1

                 Here, g++ is a binary package name and gcc-defaults is a source package name. In
                 the second command, as there is no source package  g++,  a  binary  package  was
                 looked  up,  a  version 4:4.6.0-2exp1 of it was found, and then a source version
                 was selected as if you specified

                 cupt showsrc gcc-defaults=1.101exp1

                 in the first place.

       You can supply both syntaxes to all subcommands which work with source  package  versions,

       cupt build-dep clive/unstable

       cupt source man-db=2.5.9-4>

   Package manager shell
       Cupt  has a shell-like environment, in which you can supply any subcommand as if you typed
       it in to the command line, but without preceding cupt command name.


        $ cupt shell
        This is interactive shell of cupt package manager.
        Building the package cache... [done]
        cupt>policy libsoprano4
          Installed: 2.2.2+dfsg.1-1
          Preferred: 2.3.0+dfsg.1-2
          Version table:
             2.3.0+dfsg.1-2 501
      unstable/main (signed)
         *** 2.2.2+dfsg.1-1 100
               /var/lib/dpkg/status installed/ (unsigned)
             2.3.0+dfsg.1-1 2
      experimental/main (signed)
        cupt>depends libsoprano4/experimental
        libsoprano4 2.3.0+dfsg.1-1:
          Depends: libc6 (>= 2.2.5)
          Depends: libclucene0ldbl (>= 0.9.20-1)
          Depends: libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1)
          Depends: libqt4-dbus (>= 4:4.5.2)
          Depends: libqt4-network (>= 4:4.5.2)
          Depends: libqt4-xml (>= 4:4.5.2)
          Depends: libqtcore4 (>= 4:4.5.2)
          Depends: libstdc++6 (>= 4.1.1)
          Depends: soprano-daemon (= 2.3.0+dfsg.1-1)
        cupt>rdepends soprano-daemon
        soprano-daemon 2.3.0+dfsg.1-2:
          Reverse-Depends: libsoprano4 2.3.0+dfsg.1-2: soprano-daemon (= 2.3.0+dfsg.1-2)
        cupt>show soprano-daemon
        Package: soprano-daemon
        Version: 2.3.0+dfsg.1-2
        Status: not installed
        Source: soprano
        Priority: optional
        Section: utils
        Size: 153KiB
        Uncompressed size: 536KiB
        Maintainer: Debian Qt/KDE Maintainers <>
        Architecture: amd64
        Depends: libc6 (>= 2.2.5), libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1), libqt4-dbus (>= 4:4.5.2), libqt4-network (>= 4:4.5.2),
        libqtcore4 (>= 4:4.5.2), libraptor1 (>= 1.4.18), librdf0 (>= 1.0.9), libsoprano4 (>= 2.3.0), libstdc++6 (>= 4.1.1)
        Conflicts: libsoprano-dev (<< 2.3.0+dfsg.1-1), libsoprano4 (<< 2.3.0+dfsg.1-1)
        Replaces: libsoprano-dev (<< 2.3.0+dfsg.1-1), libsoprano4 (<< 2.3.0+dfsg.1-1)
        MD5: af29b39a741d9a52de91c8e5562e0609
        SHA1: 1dfebe27b79f10911358949e56f89c64b43265eb
        SHA256: d5b290a60de56f6a7e0af44f5265c6668bb4689204556b9022a5233a808349fc
        Description: daemon for the Soprano RDF framework
         Soprano is a pluggable RDF storage, parsing, and serialization framework based
         on Qt 4. Soprano is targeted at desktop applications that need to store RDF
         data. Its API has been optimized for simplicity and ease of use, while its
         modular structure allows it to use various different RDF storage
         implementations as its backend.
         This package contains the Soprano daemon, D-Bus service, parser
         plugins, and a storage plugin for the Redland RDF Application Framework.

        cupt>--simulate install libsoprano4
        Building the package cache... [done]
        Initializing package resolver and worker... [done]
        Scheduling requested actions... [done]
        Resolving possible unmet dependencies...
        The following 1 packages will be INSTALLED:


        The following 1 packages will be UPGRADED:


        Need to get 700KiB/700KiB of archives. After unpacking 196KiB will be used.
        Do you want to continue? [y/N/q] q


       What this mode may be useful for:

              ·  fast queries

                 When entering shell mode, the configuration is read and cache  is  built.  Until
                 some  management subcommand is executed, query subcommands don't have to re-read
                 the configuration and cache  on  each  invocation,  and  most  of  them  execute
                 instantly in shell mode.

              ·  common configuration changes

                 As  the  shell subcommand, as all others, recognizes cupt(1)/Common options, you
                 can use that to set some configuration options for all the shell session.


                 cupt shell --simulate -o apt::install-recommends=no

                 Installing new recommends will be switched off for all the  session  inside  the
                 shell,  and  no  real  actions will be performed for subcommands that change the
                 system.   Note   that   you    can    override    them    (by    supplying    -o
                 cupt::worker::simulate=no  and -o apt::install-recommends=yes, respectively, for
                 this example).

   Limiting used repositories
       As of Cupt version 2.3, you can limit the  used  package  repositories  for  each  package
       manager  invocation  without  editing  the  sources.list(5).  The  limiting can be done by
       repository archive names or codenames.

       The common syntax is:


       Use  the  option  --include-archives  or  --include-codenames  to   use   only   specified
       repositories.  In  other  words,  no  matter  how  many  repositories  are  present in the
       sources.list(5), only packages from specified repositories will be considered.


              ·  cupt rdepends --include-archives=testing,unstable libffi5

                 List reverse-dependencies of libffi5 package in testing and unstable.

              ·  cupt safe-upgrade --include-archives=stable,stable-updates

                 Upgrade  the  system,  considering  only  packages  from  archives  stable   and

              ·  cupt install xserver-xorg --include-codenames=wheezy

                 Install the package xserver-xorg, if its version in the wheezy is different than
                 installed one or there is no such package installed. If any packages need to  be
                 changed  in  order  to  process this query (e.g., installing new dependencies or
                 removing conflicting packages), only versions from wheezy will be considered.

              ·  cupt search --names-only '.*?-perl' --include-archives=experimental

                 Search for Perl module packages in experimental.

       Use  the  option  --exclude-archives  or  --exclude-codenames   to   not   use   specified
       repositories.   If a package version has multiple repositories and at least one of them is
       not excluded, the version will be visible.


              ·  search -n cupt --exclude-archives=stable

                 Search for Cupt-related packages, but ignore packages from stable.

              ·  cupt full-upgrade --exclude-codenames=sid,experimental

                 Upgrade not using packages which come only from sid or experimental.

       Limiting repositories can also be done  by  modifying  the  cupt::cache::limit-releases::*
       family of configuration variables directly.

       Note: unlike the pinning settings which only set version priorities, limiting repositories
       is an "absolute" tool. For example, if the version has a very negative  pin,  it  will  be
       still  considered  for installation if there is no better choices, but if all repositories
       which contain a version are not used, Cupt will forgot about  that  version  from  a  very
       start and forever, without exceptions.

       As  of  Cupt  version 2.2, most actions that effectively change the state of the system or
       Cupt itself (namely, working with packages, updating repository metadata and working  with
       system snapshots) are logged by default.

       The  place  (the  file  path)  where  to  place  the  logs  is  determined  by  the option
       cupt::directory::log. By default, logs are written to /var/log/cupt.log.

       There are 4 levels of logging:

       0      absolutely no logging at all

       1      very minimal logging

       2      the significant information is logged

       3      very detailed logging

       Logging levels are set for each subsystem independently. By default, the logging level for
       package  changes  is  set  to  2, other logging levels are set to 1. To change the logging
       level for  some  subsystem,  use  the  option  cupt::worker::log::levels::subsystem.   See
       cupt.conf(5) for details.

       Finally,  if you want to disable the logging entirely, set the option cupt::worker::log to


   System snapshots
       System snapshots, created by Cupt, consist of binary archives of installed packages.   The
       idea  is  you  create  snapshots  at  some time, and when after some changes you system is
       messed up, you can go back to the working set of packages.


              ·  The most usual use case for it is downgrade the packages after  a  bad  upgrade,
                 but  package downgrades are usually not supported, so it have not a guarantee to

              ·  As of now, snapshots does not store an information about automatically installed

              ·  If  the  system  doesn't  boot  or  messed up to the level that Cupt or dpkg are
                 unable to run properly, you cannot revert the system.

       It's recommended not to use this feature if you have better  alternatives  available  (for
       example, LVM snapshots or filesystem-level snapshots).

       To create a snapshot, use

       cupt snapshot save snapshot_name


       cupt snapshot save 20110405

       To revert the system to a saved snapshot, use

       cupt snapshot load snapshot_name


       cupt snapshot load 20110405

       You  can  also  list  the  available snapshots (cupt snapshot list), rename (cupt snapshot
       rename), remove (cupt snapshot remove).

   Satisfying particular dependency relation expressions
       There is an ability to change the system not by specifying versions of packages to install
       or  remove,  but  by  specifying  dependencies  just as some binary package have them. The
       subcommand to perform this is satisfy:

       cupt satisfy dependency_expression_1 ... dependency_expression_N


       cupt satisfy "xserver-xorg (>> 1.6)" "xserver-common (<< 1.6.1~)"

       cupt satisfy "nautilus (>= 2.16.0), libnautilus-extension1 (>= 2.16.0), wget (>= 1.10.0)"

       cupt satisfy "youtube-dl | clive"

       If you want some dependency expression to be unsatisfied instead, add minus (-) to the end
       of an argument:

       cupt satisfy mail-reader-
       Be careful:

       cupt  satisfy  vim  emacs-:  install  vim  or anything which provides it, remove emacs and
       anything which provides it

       cupt satisfy "vim, emacs-": remove emacs, vim and anything which provides them

   Changes in systems with a low disk space
       If you happen to have a system, where the disk space is very limited, doing a big upgrades
       or  installations  can  be  a  problem.  For  example, you have 1 GiB of disk space total,
       installed packages occupy 600 MiB of them, now you want to do a massive upgrade, and  it's
       needed  to  download  500  MiB of archives to do that, and after the upgrade packages will
       occupy 700 MiB. Here, the simple approach of download everything needed and  then  upgrade
       everything  needed  wouldn't  work since there is no 1100 MiB of the disk space available.
       The answer is to do the upgrade by  smaller  parts.  Now,  although  it  can  be  done  by
       selecting  groups  of  packages  to  upgrade  or  install  by  hand, Cupt can try to do it

       To enable the changeset-based mode you will be need specify how many  space  is  available
       for  downloaded  files.  It's  impossible  to  compute  the  amount reliably since changed
       packages may use some additional space (for example, kernel upgrades) or you may write  or
       remove  something  to  the  filesystem  before/while the upgrading is progressing. A rough
       guess of 'amount of free space minus 100 MiB' is a good start.

       After you computed the disk space you can give for  package  archives,  specify  it  as  a
       value, in bytes, for cupt::worker::archives-space-limit option.  Example:

       cupt full-upgrade -o cupt::worker::archives-space-limit=200000000

       Once  this  option  is  set,  an  action scheduler will try to divide all the changes into
       smaller consecutive changesets so the following conditions are met:

              ·  Download amounts for package changes in any changeset won't exceed the  declared

              ·  After  each changeset is done, system is fully working in the sense of packages,
                 i.e. all dependencies are met and there are no packages in interim states.

       If such changesets are found, Cupt will proceed with actions, otherwise an  error  with  a
       minimal suitable number will be printed.

       For  each  changeset, package archives will be downloaded before doing actions and removed
       before the next changeset begins.

   Synchronization by source versions
       Sometimes it is a good idea to keep installed binary packages which were built out of same
       source package (let's call them related) to have the same source version.

       Related  packages  are  synchronized  if  they  have the same source version, i.e.  binary
       version may not be the same. For example, the following pairs are usually synchronized:

              ·  qprint 1.0-1 and qprint-doc 1.0-1

              ·  qprint 1.0-1+b2 and qprint-doc 1.0-1

       But the following are usually not:

              ·  qprint 1.0-1 and qprint-doc 1.0-2

       Cupt's resolver tries to synchronize the versions of related binary packages if the option
       cupt::resolver::synchronize-by-source-versions is set to non-default value.

       Note:  this  option  works properly only if you have source packages available for all the
       packages touched by a resolver.

       Note: this option doesn't touch installed packages.


       cupt safe-upgrade -o cupt::resolver::synchronize-by-source-versions=hard

       The hard value means that all changed packages must be synchronized,  e.g.   consider  the
       synchronization   an   additional   hard  dependency.   The  soft  value  means  that  all
       unsynchronized      changed      packages      will      have      a      penalty       of
       cupt::resolver::score::failed-synchronization,   e.g.   consider  the  synchronization  as
       additional soft dependency.


       Suppose we have libfoo1 and foo binary packages which came from the same  source  package.
       We have libfoo1 1.2-1 and foo 1.2-1 installed.

       Situation 1: libfoo1 has new 1.3-1 version and foo has new 1.3-1 version.

       Situation 2: libfoo1 has new 1.3-1 version and foo has new 1.3-2 version.

       We do:

       cupt install foo

       What would be done by resolver if we have:

              ·  no synchronization

                 Situation 1: install new foo, leave libfoo1 as of installed version

                 Situation 2: install new foo, leave libfoo1 as of installed version

              ·  soft synchronization

                 Situation 1: install new foo and libfoo1

                 Situation 2: install new foo, leave libfoo1 as of installed version

              ·  hard synchronization

                 Situation 1: install new foo and libfoo1

                 Situation 2: give up with an error tree, (assuming foo depends on libfoo1, if it
                 does not, then install new foo, remove libfoo1)

   Resolver tuning
       Cupt's native dependency problem  resolver  plans  system  changes,  if  needed,  to  make
       installed packages set correct after making the changes user demand.

       In  the  most  cases,  there  are  several solutions to a problem. To choose amongst them,
       resolver assign scores to all of them.

       Score is an integer (positive or negative) and is a sum of  version  pin  difference  (for
       uninstalled  version,  zero  pin  is assumed) and an action modifier. Action modifiers are
       action   type-specific   addendums   and   are   controlled   by    the    option    group
       cupt::resolver::score::X (see the full list of them in cupt.conf(5)).

       For  native resolver, the negative scores indicate "negative" changes, and positive scores
       indicate "positive"  changes.  When  several  alternative  solutions  for  a  problem  are
       available,  they are considered in the score descending order.  The ultimate goal of score
       system to assign  positive  scores  to  everything  user  wants  and  negative  scores  to
       everything user doesn't want. But since "positive" and "negative" is something that varies
       from user to user and from action to action, there is no (and cannot be) a silver bullet.

       So, how can you adjust solution scores? From the definition of the score (above)  you  may
       adjust version pinning and/or set resolver score variables to different values.


       $ echo 'q' | cupt -s -t experimental full-upgrade --summary-only | grep "^  "
       W: some solutions were dropped, you may want to increase the value of the 'cupt::resolver::max-solution-count' option
         0 manually installed and 48 automatically installed packages will be installed
         129 manually installed and 474 automatically installed packages will be upgraded
         0 manually installed and 32 automatically installed packages will be removed
         2 manually installed and 17 automatically installed packages will have a not preferred version
       $ echo 'q' | cupt -s -t experimental full-upgrade --summary-only -o cupt::resolver::score::unsatisfied-recommends=250 | grep "^  "
       W: some solutions were dropped, you may want to increase the value of the 'cupt::resolver::max-solution-count' option
         0 manually installed and 43 automatically installed packages will be installed
         129 manually installed and 473 automatically installed packages will be upgraded
         0 manually installed and 34 automatically installed packages will be removed
         2 manually installed and 14 automatically installed packages will have a not preferred version
         4 dependency problems will stay unresolved
       $ echo 'q' | cupt -s -t experimental full-upgrade --summary-only -o cupt::resolver::score::new=-1000 | grep "^  "
       W: some solutions were dropped, you may want to increase the value of the 'cupt::resolver::max-solution-count' option
         0 manually installed and 30 automatically installed packages will be installed
         124 manually installed and 429 automatically installed packages will be upgraded
         3 manually installed and 70 automatically installed packages will be removed
         9 manually installed and 14 automatically installed packages will have a not preferred version
         7 dependency problems will stay unresolved
       $ echo 'q' | cupt -s -t experimental full-upgrade --summary-only -o cupt::resolver::score::new=-1000 -o cupt::resolver::score::downgrade=0 | grep "^  "
       W: some solutions were dropped, you may want to increase the value of the 'cupt::resolver::max-solution-count' option
         0 manually installed and 18 automatically installed packages will be installed
         119 manually installed and 464 automatically installed packages will be upgraded
         1 manually installed and 20 automatically installed packages will be removed
         14 manually installed and 37 automatically installed packages will have a not preferred version
         4 dependency problems will stay unresolved

   maximum solution count
       When  an  amount  of  available  solutions is big, you may see the following message while
       resolver is operating:

       W: some solutions were dropped, you may want to increase the value of the 'cupt::resolver::max-solution-count' option

       Cupt's native resolver may have only limited amount of different solutions in the  memory,
       and  this  amount  is  determined  by  the value of the cupt::resolver::max-solution-count
       option. The default value is enough for requests of small and medium complexity,  but  may
       be  not  enough for request of high complexity. So, for systems where there is enough free
       RAM, consider increasing the value to values like 4000 or even 16000.

   Getting debug information
       There are several types of debug information available, the debug output is turned  on  by
       setting  some  debug::type  option to yes. All debug output lines is prepended with D: and
       are sent to standard error.


              The native resolver will output its resolution tree and scores.

              The debug option is debug::resolver.


              A debug information regarding scheduling dpkg actions will be printed.

              The debug option is debug::worker.


              A debug information regarding downloader's states will be printed.

              The debug option is debug::downloader.

       gpg signatures

              The gpg signature checker will output its debug information.

              The debug option is debug::gpgv.


              All log messages (of all levels, regardless of logging settings) will be printed as
              debug messages.

              The debug option is debug::logger.

       An example: you want to see a very detailed resolver information regarding your query:

       cupt install exim4 -o debug::resolver=yes 2>resolver.debug.log

       A debug information will be put to a file resolver.debug.log.