Manual Reference Pages - DPKG-SCANPACKAGES (1)
dpkg-scanpackages - create Packages index files
dpkg-scanpackages sorts through a tree of Debian binary packages and creates a Packages
file, used by
etc, to tell the user what packages are available for installation. These
Packages files are the same as those found on Debian archive sites
and CD-ROMs. You might use
dpkg-scanpackages yourself if making a directory of local packages to install on a cluster
Note: If you want to access the generated Packages file with
apt you will probably need to compress the file with
(generating a Packages.xz file),
(generating a Packages.bz2 file) or
(generating a Packages.gz file). apt ignores uncompressed Packages
files except on local access (i.e.
binary-dir is the name of the tree of the binary packages to process (for example,
contrib/binary-i386). It is best to make this relative to the root of the Debian archive,
because every Filename field in the new Packages file will start with
override-file is the name of a file to read which contains information about how the
package fits into the distribution (the file can be compressed
since dpkg 1.15.5); see
path-prefix is an optional string to be prepended to the Filename fields.
If more than one version of a package is found only the newest one
is included in the output. If they have the same version and only
differ in architecture only the first one found is used.
-t, --type type |
Scan for *.type packages, instead of *.deb.
-e, --extra-override file |
Scan file to find supplementary overrides (the file can be
compressed since dpkg 1.15.5).
for more information on its format.
-a, --arch arch |
Use a pattern consisting of *_all.deb and *_arch.deb instead of
scanning for all debs.
-h, --hash hash-list |
Only generate file hashes for the comma-specified list specified
(since dpkg 1.17.14).
The default is to generate all currently supported hashes.
Supported values: md5, sha1, sha256.
-m, --multiversion |
Include all found packages in the output.
-M, --medium id-string |
Add an X-Medium field containing the value id-string
(since dpkg 1.15.5).
This field is required if you want to generate Packages.cd files
for use by the multicd access method of dselect.
-?, --help |
Show the usage message and exit.
Show the version and exit.
dpkg-scanpackages outputs the usual self-explanatory errors. It also warns about packages
that are in the wrong subdirectory, are duplicated, have a Filename
field in their control file, are missing from the override file, or have
maintainer substitutions which do not take effect.
|Debian Project ||DPKG-SCANPACKAGES (1) ||2012-05-07 |
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