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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

       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 specified, only that  particular  version  will  be
       downloaded, if available.


       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 completion.

       -v, --verbose
              Report  on  the  debsnap  configuration being used and progress during the download
              operation.  Please always use this option when reporting bugs.

       --list Don't download but just list versions.

              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

              Specify the minimum version of a package which will be  downloaded.   Any  versions
              which compare larger than this, according to dpkg, will be considered for download.
              May be used in combination with --last.

       --last Specify the maximum version of a package which will  be  downloaded.   Any  package
              versions  which  compare  less than this, according to dpkg, will be considered for
              download.  May be used in combination with --first.

       -h, --help
              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


       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  downloaded but operations otherwise
       succeeded as expected.  In some cases packages may fail to be downloaded because they  are
       no  longer available 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 a specific 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 xterm version but for all architectures.

       debsnap --binary xterm
              Download binary packages for all versions of xterm 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 <>


       Copyright © 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


   Reporting bugs
       The program is part of the  devscripts  package.   Please  report  bugs  using  `reportbug