debsnap [options] package [version]
debsnap [-h | --help] [--version]
debsnap is a tool to help with retrieving snapshots of old packages
from a daily archive repository.
The only publicly available snapshot archive is currently located at
By default, debsnap will download all the available versions for pack-
age 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.
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 direc-
tory). 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
Report on the debsnap configuration being used and progress dur-
ing the download operation. Please always use this option when
Download binary packages instead of source packages.
Specify architecture of downloaded binary packages. Implies
--binary. This can be given multiple times in order to download
binary packages for multiple architectures.
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
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 http://snapshot.debian.org
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 down-
loaded 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
debsnap -a amd64 xterm 256-1
Download the binary package of specific a xterm version for
debsnap -a armel xterm
Download binary packages for all versions of xterm for armel
debsnap --binary xterm 256-1
Download binary packages for a specific a xterm version but for
debsnap --binary xterm
Download binary packages for all version of xterm version for
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
David Paleino <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright (C) 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 Founda-
On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License
can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.
The program is part of the devscripts package. Please report bugs
using `reportbug devscripts`
Debian devscripts July 3, 2010 DEBSNAP(1)
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