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Bug#30505: apt: Apt should offer the option to download debs only when needed

Package: apt
Version: 0.1.9
Severity: Wishlist

It would be nice if apt offered a command line option to download a deb file
only when it is going to be installed (as opposed to downloading them all first
before installation begins), and then removing it after a successful extraction.

When doing a major dist upgrade, we don't always have enough space to download
 an entire upgrade of .deb files.  But if we could download files
 (+ dependencies) as they are being installed, and then remove them after 
they've been extracted, that would be a big plus for space-limited machines.


-- System Information
Debian Release: 2.0
Kernel Version: Linux raindrop.eecs.umich.edu 2.1.131 #1 Thu Dec 3 18:48:19 EST 1998 i686 unknown

Versions of the packages apt depends on:
ii  libc6           2.0.7u-2       The GNU C library version 2 (run-time files)
ii  libstdc++2.9    2.91.57-1      The GNU stdc++ library (egcs version)

--- Begin /etc/apt/sources.list (modified conffile)
deb file:/debian-eecs stable main
deb http://ftp.eecs.umich.edu/debian stable main contrib non-free

--- End /etc/apt/sources.list

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