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auto-apt(1) General Commands Manual auto-apt(1)

NAME

auto-apt - on demand package installation tool

SYNOPSIS

auto-apt [options] [command] [args...]

DESCRIPTION

This manual page documents briefly the auto-apt commands.

auto-apt is a program that checks file access of programs running within auto-apt environments. If a program will access a file of uninstalled package, auto-apt will install the package containing the file, by using apt-get.

OPTIONS

A summary of options is included below.
-h
Usage.
-s
No action, perform a simulation of action.
-y
Automatic yes to prompt.
-q
Quiet
-i
Don't install in background process.
-x
Disable X interface.
-X
Enable X interface. Run apt-get in another x-terminal-emulator if you run in X environments.
-a [dist[,dist...]]
Select installable distribution from main,contrib,non-free,non-US or none. If you set "-a none", it means almost same as "-s".
-p [hook[,hook...]]
Select hook functions from exec,open,access,stat or none If you set "-p none", it means almost same as "-s".
-D [dbfile]
Change dbfile from default /var/cache/auto-apt/pkgcontents.db
-F [filedb]
Change filedb from default /var/cache/auto-apt/pkgfiles.db, which is generated by auto-apt update-local commands. It is used as default dbfile for commands with -local postfix. In many cases, it is used with -L option to detect file access
-L [record.lists]
Append file access data to record.lists file.

COMMANDS

A summary of command is included below.
run [command]
Run command controlled by auto-apt. If command is not specified, user's shell will be used.
update [ -a ]
Recreate dbfile from sources.list information. dbfile can be specified by -D option. With -a option, all files are stored in dbfile. Note that dbfile become too big with -a option.
update-local [ -a ]
Generate filedb from installed package information. filedb can be specified by -F option. With -a option, all files are stored in dbfile. Note that dbfile become too big with -a option.
merge [ -a ]
Merge package,filename information to dbfile, which can be specified by -D option. With -a option, all files are stored in dbfile. Note that dbfile become too big with -a option.
del package
Delete file information of package from dbfile database.
check [-v] [-f] file
Check which package provides file, from dbfile database. options: -v means verbose. -f uses Contents-*.gz file instead of dbfile database.
install [-s] [-d] [-u] [-y] [-v] file
Try to install a package that provides file by using apt-get. You need root privilege to run apt-get install.
list [-v] [-f]
List file information in dbfile database. options: -v means verbose. -f uses Contents-*.gz file instead of dbfile database.
search [-v] [-f] pattern
Search file information by grep(1) pattern in dbfile database. options: -v means verbose. -f uses Contents-*.gz file instead of dbfile database.
debuild [debuildopts]
Run debuild(1) in auto-apt environments, and show Build-Depends: estimation. Recommended to use with -s option of auto-apt.
status
Show whether current environment is in auto-apt or not.

FILES

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/etc/auto-apt/paths.list path lists
o
/var/cache/auto-apt cache/database directory
o
/etc/auto-apt/sources.list sources.list for auto-apt. if not found, symlink to apt-get's sources.list will be created.

ENVIRONMENTS

o
AUTO_APT_CACHEDIR override default cache/database directory

BUGS

Known bugs. See /usr/share/doc/auto-apt/BUGS. and/or http://bugs.debian.org/auto-apt

AUTHOR

This program was written by Fumitoshi UKAI <ukai@debian.or.jp>, inspired by idea/comments from Debian Guru (debian.gr.jp) and Project Dice members.
29 Jun 2000