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       debget - download source and binary Debian packages


       debget [switch]... { package | section/package | file.dsc | file.deb }...


       debget downloads source and binary Debian packages by name and optionally unpacks,
       compiles and installs them.  The default behavior is to download the source for packages,
       to unpack and build *.dsc files and to install *.deb files.  For detailed defaults on FTP
       server names and such run "debget --help".

       debget doesn't require a local copy of the Packages files, instead it lists directories on
       the FTP site to find out what versions are available.

       Non-switch arguments are *.dsc files, *.deb files, and package names or section/package,
       eg base/dpkg or non-free/games/quake2.  There are two cases in which you've got to specify
       the section:

       -   Information about the package isn't in the local available file (as shown by "dpkg
           --print-avail"), or the information there is wrong.

       -   You're downloading a source package which doesn't generate a binary package of the
           same name.  Normally debget infers the correct source package to download based on the
           "dpkg --print-avail" output.  (Eg, if you say to download the source for perl-base, it
           will really download the perl sources.)  This isn't possible if the source package
           doesn't have an available file entry (which is the case when the source package
           doesn't generate a binary package of the same name).  In this case debget will use the
           section for the package which you specified (perl-base in this case).  If the section
           for that package isn't available, or if it's not the same as the section for the
           source package, you have to specify the section yourself.

       To handle either of these cases, specify the package with the section prepended, as it
       would appear in the available file.  Eg, base/dpkg or non-free/games/quake2.


       --arch arch
           Specify the installation architecture (used to find binary packages).  The default is
           the output of "dpkg --print-architecture".

       -b, --binary
           Download binary packages.  The default is not to download them.

       -B, --nobinary
           Don't download binary packages.  This is the default.

       -u, --build
           Build downloaded source packages.  This implies --unpack.  --build is turned off by
           default, but it is turned on if you specify any *.dsc or *.deb files on the command

           Turn debugging on.  Specify multiple times for more detail.

       --dir dir
           Specify the path to the top of the Debian hierarchy on the primary FTP server.

       -d dist, --dist dist
           Specify the distribution from which to download packages.  The default is unstable.
           You can use the name of any subdirectory in the dists directory in the Debian archive,
           or experimental (which is special-cased).

           Show the usage message and die.

       -h host, --host host
           Specify the host name of the primary FTP server.

       -i, --install
           Install binary packages.  This turns on --unpack and --build, so specifying it will
           cause debget to install just about everything you mention on the command line.
           Packages will be downloaded, unpacked, built, and installed, *.dsc files will be
           unpacked, built, and installed, and *.deb files will be installed.

       -n, --no
           Go through the motions, but don't actually download any packages.

       -f, --no-config
           Don't process either /etc/debget.rc or ~/.debget.rc.

       --no-download-re re
           Don't download files whose name match the Perl regexp re.  This option can be
           specified multiple times.

           Don't download *.tar.gz files.  This is normally used when downloading sources, when
           specified you'll just fetch the *.diff.gz and *.dsc files.

           Don't run dscverify before unpacking sources.  dscverify checks that the .dsc file is
           signed by a Debian developer and that the MD5 sums and file sizes given in it match
           the files about to be unpacked.  These are good things, so debget will try to run
           dscverify by default.  The dscverify program is in the devscripts package.

       -F, --no-user-config
           Don't process ~/.debget.rc.

       --non-us-dir dir
           Specify the path to the top of the Debian hierarchy for non-US packages.

       -H host, --non-us-host host
           Specify the host name of the non-US FTP server.

       -r cmd, --root-build cmd
           Use cmd to become root when building a package from source.  The default is the first
           of fakeroot, sudo, super, or su which is present on the system.

       -R cmd, --root-install cmd
           Use cmd to become root when installing a package.  The default is what you gave for
           --root-build if you specified anything, otherwise the first of sudo, super, or su
           which is present on the system.

       -s, --source
           Download source packages.  This is the default.

       -S, --nosource
           Don't download source packages.  The default is to download them.

           Unpack downloaded source packages.

       -v, --verbose
           Be verbose.

           Print the version number and exit.


       The default behavior of debget can be modified by the configuration files /etc/debget.rc
       and ~/.debget.rc (unless modified by the -f or -F switches).  These files are processed as
       Perl code.  They can set these variables to control the program (with their corresponding


           --binary, boolean

           --build, boolean

           --debug, integer




           --install, boolean

           --no, boolean

           --no-config, boolean

           --no-download-re, array reference

           --no-download-tar, boolean

           --no-dscverify, boolean

           --no-user-config, boolean





           --source, boolean

           --unpack, boolean

           --verbose, boolean

       Here's an example configuration file:

           $O{'host'} = '';
           $O{'verbose'} = 1;


       If you specify --install all produced binary packages will be installed, even ones you
       didn't specify on the command line.  Eg, if you run "debget --install ssh" it will install
       both ssh and ssh-askpass.

       I'd like to add a --clean switch which will make the program remove intermediate files.

       See /usr/share/doc/debget/README.Debian if your transfers are failing because you need to
       use passive FTP or a proxy.


       dselect(8), apt-get(8)


       The code is licensed under the GNU GPL and distributed as part of Debian.


       Roderick Schertler <>