deb-subset: proposal for yet another partial Debian mirroring tool
I think I am going to implement the deb-subset as described below,
unless someone points me to an already-existing implementation.
Feel free to contact me if you have any comments.
deb-subset makes a local copy of Debian packages archive.
- do as much by default as possible -- only the necessary actions
should be explicitly specified by user;
- allow very efficient disk space and traffic usage;
- do not cut corners;
- I want to have a local copy of packages that I do use;
- machine that I want to install packages to is connected to Internet
via a slow link;
- I have a machine connected to an Internet over a fast link; this
machine does not necessarily run Debian;
- I use relatively small part of Debian, so I would like to simply
specify which packages I really need;
- I use only a couple of arches, so I'd like to specify them and do
not bother with others;
- I do not want to bother with dependencies, so I'd like to specify
simply: "xemacs21", and get all of its prerequisites downloaded
- I always use essential packages, and do not want to specify them
- if I discontinue using some package, I want all of its
prerequisites, which are not used for something else, to disappear
from the archive; of course, the package itself should disappear
- I want complete range of downloading methods: FTP, HTTP, HTTP
w/proxy, rsync, local (to make subsets of subsets);
- I want to use several sources:
- I want to specify explicitly which packages should be downloaded
from each particular source;
- I want to merge all of the packages from different sources into a
single local directory;
- occasionally I start to use new package, and I want an option of
downloading this package immediately, with a minimal set of its
prerequisites; I do not want to wait until all of the archive
- the software must be very modular and written in Perl;
I had seen apt-move, mirror, wget -r, dpartialmirror, and debmirror.
They are excellent for their purpose, but none of them fit my needs.
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