Re: Bug#176573: FW: apt-get "+" qualifier on package names doesn't work as documented.
On Mon, 13 Jan 2003, Bruce Edge wrote:
> The docs (man apt-get) state that you can append a plus sign to a
> package name in order to force it's installation despite conflicts:
Er, it says 'decisions made by the conflict resolution system' not
'conflicts'. It's impossible to make apt do something that would violate
a packaging requirement.
> My rational for wanting to do this is I'm using apt-get with
> --download-only to create a local package mirror of everything I need to
> burn my own custom installer CD. As it stands, I cannot use this method
> to create a package pool with any conflicting packages.
This is correct. apt-get is not a downloader tool. I think other people
have made downloader tools that can be used for what you want, though
I've never used them and don't know what they are called :>
FYI, it would be fairly striaght forward to write a tool like this based
on libapt-pkg, but I don't think anyone has.