NAME¶sources.list - List of configured APT data sources
DESCRIPTION¶The source list /etc/apt/sources.list and the files contained in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ are designed to support any number of active sources and a variety of source media. The files list one source per line (one-line style) or contain multiline stanzas defining one or more sources per stanza (deb822 style), with the most preferred source listed first (in case a single version is available from more than one source). The information available from the configured sources is acquired by apt-get update (or by an equivalent command from another APT front-end).
SOURCES.LIST.D¶The /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory provides a way to add sources.list entries in separate files. Two different file formats are allowed as described in the next two sections. Filenames need to have either the extension .list or .sources depending on the contained format. The filenames may only contain letters (a-z and A-Z), digits (0-9), underscore (_), hyphen (-) and period (.) characters. Otherwise APT will print a notice that it has ignored a file, unless that file matches a pattern in the Dir::Ignore-Files-Silently configuration list - in which case it will be silently ignored.
ONE-LINE-STYLE FORMAT¶Files in this format have the extension .list. Each line specifying a source starts with a type (e.g. deb-src) followed by options and arguments for this type. Individual entries cannot be continued onto a following line. Empty lines are ignored, and a # character anywhere on a line marks the remainder of that line as a comment. Consequently an entry can be disabled by commenting out the entire line. If options should be provided they are separated by spaces and all of them together are enclosed by square brackets () included in the line after the type separated from it with a space. If an option allows multiple values these are separated from each other with a comma (,). An option name is separated from its value(s) by an equals sign (=). Multivalue options also have -= and += as separators, which instead of replacing the default with the given value(s) modify the default value(s) to remove or include the given values. This is the traditional format and supported by all apt versions. Note that not all options as described below are supported by all apt versions. Note also that some older applications parsing this format on their own might not expect to encounter options as they were uncommon before the introduction of multi-architecture support.
DEB822-STYLE FORMAT¶Files in this format have the extension .sources. The format is similar in syntax to other files used by Debian and its derivatives, such as the metadata files that apt will download from the configured sources or the debian/control file in a Debian source package. Individual entries are separated by an empty line; additional empty lines are ignored, and a # character at the start of the line marks the entire line as a comment. An entry can hence be disabled by commenting out each line belonging to the stanza, but it is usually easier to add the field "Enabled: no" to the stanza to disable the entry. Removing the field or setting it to yes reenables it. Options have the same syntax as every other field: A fieldname separated by a colon (:) and optionally spaces from its value(s). Note especially that multiple values are separated by spaces, not by commas as in the one-line format. Multivalue fields like Architectures also have Architectures-Add and Architectures-Remove to modify the default value rather than replacing it. This is a new format supported by apt itself since version 1.1. Previous versions ignore such files with a notice message as described earlier. It is intended to make this format gradually the default format, deprecating the previously described one-line-style format, as it is easier to create, extend and modify for humans and machines alike especially if a lot of sources and/or options are involved. Developers who are working with and/or parsing apt sources are highly encouraged to add support for this format and to contact the APT team to coordinate and share this work. Users can freely adopt this format already, but may encounter problems with software not supporting the format yet.
THE DEB AND DEB-SRC TYPES: GENERAL FORMAT¶The deb type references a typical two-level Debian archive, distribution/component. The distribution is generally a suite name like stable or testing or a codename like stretch or buster while component is one of main, contrib or non-free. The deb-src type references a Debian distribution's source code in the same form as the deb type. A deb-src line is required to fetch source indexes. The format for two one-line-style entries using the deb and deb-src types is:
deb [ option1=value1 option2=value2 ] uri suite [component1] [component2] [...] deb-src [ option1=value1 option2=value2 ] uri suite [component1] [component2] [...]
Types: deb deb-src URIs: uri Suites: suite Components: [component1] [component2] [...] option1: value1 option2: value2
deb http://deb.debian.org/debian stretch main contrib non-free deb http://security.debian.org stretch/updates main contrib non-free
Types: deb URIs: http://deb.debian.org/debian Suites: stretch Components: main contrib non-free Types: deb URIs: http://security.debian.org Suites: stretch/updates Components: main contrib non-free
THE DEB AND DEB-SRC TYPES: OPTIONS¶Each source entry can have options specified to modify which source is accessed and how data is acquired from it. Format, syntax and names of the options vary between the one-line-style and deb822-style formats as described, but they both have the same options available. For simplicity we list the deb822 fieldname and provide the one-line name in brackets. Remember that besides setting multivalue options explicitly, there is also the option to modify them based on the default, but we aren't listing those names explicitly here. Unsupported options are silently ignored by all APT versions.
•Architectures ( arch) is a multivalue option defining for which architectures information should be downloaded. If this option isn't set the default is all architectures as defined by the APT::Architectures config option.
•Languages ( lang) is a multivalue option defining for which languages information such as translated package descriptions should be downloaded. If this option isn't set the default is all languages as defined by the Acquire::Languages config option.
•Targets ( target) is a multivalue option defining which download targets apt will try to acquire from this source. If not specified, the default set is defined by the Acquire::IndexTargets configuration scope (targets are specified by their name in the Created-By field). Additionally, targets can be enabled or disabled by using the Identifier field as an option with a boolean value instead of using this multivalue option.
•PDiffs ( pdiffs) is a yes/no value which controls if APT should try to use PDiffs to update old indexes instead of downloading the new indexes entirely. The value of this option is ignored if the repository doesn't announce the availability of PDiffs. Defaults to the value of the option with the same name for a specific index file defined in the Acquire::IndexTargets scope, which itself defaults to the value of configuration option Acquire::PDiffs which defaults to yes.
•By-Hash ( by-hash) can have the value yes, no or force and controls if APT should try to acquire indexes via a URI constructed from a hashsum of the expected file instead of using the well-known stable filename of the index. Using this can avoid hashsum mismatches, but requires a supporting mirror. A yes or no value activates/disables the use of this feature if this source indicates support for it, while force will enable the feature regardless of what the source indicates. Defaults to the value of the option of the same name for a specific index file defined in the Acquire::IndexTargets scope, which itself defaults to the value of configuration option Acquire::By-Hash which defaults to yes.
•Allow-Insecure ( allow-insecure), Allow-Weak ( allow-weak) and Allow-Downgrade-To-Insecure ( allow-downgrade-to-insecure) are boolean values which all default to no. If set to yes they circumvent parts of apt-secure(8) and should therefore not be used lightly!
•Trusted ( trusted) is a tri-state value which defaults to APT deciding if a source is considered trusted or if warnings should be raised before e.g. packages are installed from this source. This option can be used to override that decision. The value yes tells APT always to consider this source as trusted, even if it doesn't pass authentication checks. It disables parts of apt-secure(8), and should therefore only be used in a local and trusted context (if at all) as otherwise security is breached. The value no does the opposite, causing the source to be handled as untrusted even if the authentication checks passed successfully. The default value can't be set explicitly.
•Signed-By ( signed-by) is either an absolute path to a keyring file (has to be accessible and readable for the _apt user, so ensure everyone has read-permissions on the file) or one or more fingerprints of keys either in the trusted.gpg keyring or in the keyrings in the trusted.gpg.d/ directory (see apt-key fingerprint). If the option is set, only the key(s) in this keyring or only the keys with these fingerprints are used for the apt-secure(8) verification of this repository. Defaults to the value of the option with the same name if set in the previously acquired Release file. Otherwise all keys in the trusted keyrings are considered valid signers for this repository.
•Check-Valid-Until ( check-valid-until) is a yes/no value which controls if APT should try to detect replay attacks. A repository creator can declare a time until which the data provided in the repository should be considered valid, and if this time is reached, but no new data is provided, the data is considered expired and an error is raised. Besides increasing security, as a malicious attacker can't send old data forever to prevent a user from upgrading to a new version, this also helps users identify mirrors which are no longer updated. However, some repositories such as historic archives are not updated any more by design, so this check can be disabled by setting this option to no. Defaults to the value of configuration option Acquire::Check-Valid-Until which itself defaults to yes.
•Valid-Until-Min ( valid-until-min) and Valid-Until-Max ( valid-until-max) can be used to raise or lower the time period in seconds in which the data from this repository is considered valid. -Max can be especially useful if the repository provides no Valid-Until field on its Release file to set your own value, while -Min can be used to increase the valid time on seldom updated (local) mirrors of a more frequently updated but less accessible archive (which is in the sources.list as well) instead of disabling the check entirely. Default to the value of the configuration options Acquire::Min-ValidTime and Acquire::Max-ValidTime which are both unset by default.
URI SPECIFICATION¶The currently recognized URI types are: file
The file scheme allows an arbitrary directory in the file system to be considered an archive. This is useful for NFS mounts and local mirrors or archives.cdrom
The cdrom scheme allows APT to use a local CD-ROM drive with media swapping. Use the apt-cdrom(8) program to create cdrom entries in the source list.http
The http scheme specifies an HTTP server for the archive. If an environment variable http_proxy is set with the format http://server:port/, the proxy server specified in http_proxy will be used. Users of authenticated HTTP/1.1 proxies may use a string of the format http://user:pass@server:port/. Note that this is an insecure method of authentication.ftp
The ftp scheme specifies an FTP server for the archive. APT's FTP behavior is highly configurable; for more information see the apt.conf(5) manual page. Please note that an FTP proxy can be specified by using the ftp_proxy environment variable. It is possible to specify an HTTP proxy (HTTP proxy servers often understand FTP URLs) using this environment variable and only this environment variable. Proxies using HTTP specified in the configuration file will be ignored.copy
The copy scheme is identical to the file scheme except that packages are copied into the cache directory instead of used directly at their location. This is useful for people using removable media to copy files around with APT.rsh, ssh
The rsh/ssh method invokes RSH/SSH to connect to a remote host and access the files as a given user. Prior configuration of rhosts or RSA keys is recommended. The standard find and dd commands are used to perform the file transfers from the remote host.adding more recognizable URI types
APT can be extended with more methods shipped in other optional packages, which should follow the naming scheme apt-transport- method. For instance, the APT team also maintains the package apt-transport-https, which provides access methods for HTTPS URIs with features similar to the http method. Methods for using e.g. debtorrent are also available - see apt-transport-debtorrent(1).
EXAMPLES¶Uses the archive stored locally (or NFS mounted) at /home/apt/debian for stable/main, stable/contrib, and stable/non-free.
deb file:/home/apt/debian stable main contrib non-free
Types: deb URIs: file:/home/apt/debian Suites: stable Components: main contrib non-free
deb file:/home/apt/debian unstable main contrib non-free
Types: deb URIs: file:/home/apt/debian Suites: unstable Components: main contrib non-free
deb-src file:/home/apt/debian unstable main contrib non-free
Types: deb-src URIs: file:/home/apt/debian Suites: unstable Components: main contrib non-free
deb http://deb.debian.org/debian stretch main deb [ arch=amd64,armel ] http://deb.debian.org/debian stretch main
Types: deb URIs: http://deb.debian.org/debian Suites: stretch Components: main Types: deb URIs: http://deb.debian.org/debian Suites: stretch Components: main Architectures: amd64 armel
deb http://archive.debian.org/debian-archive hamm main
Types: deb URIs: http://archive.debian.org/debian-archive Suites: hamm Components: main
deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian stretch contrib
Types: deb URIs: ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian Suites: stretch Components: contrib
deb ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian unstable contrib
Types: deb URIs: ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian Suites: unstable Components: contrib
deb http://ftp.tlh.debian.org/universe unstable/binary-$(ARCH)/
Types: deb URIs: http://ftp.tlh.debian.org/universe Suites: unstable/binary-$(ARCH)/
deb http://deb.debian.org/debian stable main contrib deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian stable main contrib deb http://deb.debian.org/debian testing main contrib deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian testing main contrib deb http://deb.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib deb-src http://deb.debian.org/debian unstable main contrib
Types: deb deb-src URIs: http://deb.debian.org/debian Suites: stable testing unstable Components: main contrib
SEE ALSO¶apt-get(8), apt.conf(5), /usr/share/doc/apt-doc/acquire-additional-files.txt
BUGS¶APT bug page. If you wish to report a bug in APT, please see /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-reporting.txt or the reportbug(1) command.
AUTHORS¶Jason Gunthorpe APT team
- APT bug page
|25 November 2016||APT 1.4.6|