I thought that the apt-get man page truly deserved some corrections.
Here it is.
Keep up the good work !
Andreas Mohr Stauferstr. 6, D-71272 Renningen, Germany
Tel. +49 7159 800604 http://home.nexgo.de/andi.mohr/
--- apt-get.8.org Sat Sep 1 01:19:13 2001
+++ apt-get.8 Sat Sep 1 01:19:00 2001
@@ -65,33 +65,33 @@
install is followed by one or more packages desired for
installation. Each package is a package name, not a fully qualified
filename (for instance, in a Debian GNU/Linux system, libc6 would be the
-argument provided, not em(libc6_1.9.6-2.deb)). All packages required
+argument provided, not libc6_1.9.6-2.deb. All packages required
by the package(s) specified for installation will also be retrieved and
installed. The \fI/etc/apt/sources.list\fR file is used to locate
the desired packages. If a hyphen is appended to the package name (with
no intervening space), the identified package will be removed if it is
installed. Similarly a plus sign can be used to designate a package to
-isntall. These latter feature may be used to override decisions made by
+install. These latter features may be used to override decisions made by
apt-get's conflict resolution system.
A specific version of a package can be selected for installation by
-following the package name with an equals and the version of the package
+following the package name with an equal sign and the version of the package
to select. This will cause that version to be located and selected for
install. Alternatively a specific distribution can be selected by
following the package name with a slash and the version of the
distribution or the Archive name (stable, frozen, unstable).
-Both of the version selection mechansims can downgrade packages and must
+Both of the version selection mechanisms can downgrade packages and must
be used with care.
If no package matches the given expression and the expression contains one
-of '.', '?' or '*' then it is assumed to be a POSIX regex and it is applied
+of '.', '?' or '*', then it is assumed to be a POSIX regex and it is applied
to all package names in the database. Any matches are then installed (or
-removed). Note that matching is done by substring so 'lo.*' matches 'how-lo'
-and 'lowest'. If this is undesired prefix with a '^' character.
+removed). Note that matching is done by substring, so 'lo.*' matches 'how-lo'
+and 'lowest'. If this is undesired, prefix with a '^' character.
-remove is identical to bf(install) except that packages are
+remove is identical to install except that packages are
removed instead of installed. If a plus sign is appended to the package
name (with no intervening space), the identified package will be
@@ -111,7 +111,7 @@
specified then the source package will not be unpacked.
A specific source version can be retrieved by postfixing the source name
-with an equals and then the version to fetch, similar to the mechanism
+with an equal sign and then the version to fetch, similar to the mechanism
used for the package files. This enables exact matching of the source
package name and version, implicitly enabling the
@@ -122,7 +122,7 @@
build-dep causes apt-get to install/remove packages in an
-attempt to satisfy the build dependencies for a source packages. Right
+attempt to satisfy the build dependencies for a source package. Right
now virtual package build depends choose a package at random.
@@ -150,7 +150,7 @@
-All command line options may be set using the configuration file, the
+All command line options may be set using the configuration file; the
descriptions indicate the configuration option to set. For boolean
options you can override the config file by using something like
\fB-f-\fR,\fB--no-f\fR, \fB-f=no\fR or several other variations.
@@ -166,8 +166,8 @@
Fix; attempt to correct a system with broken dependencies in
place. This option, when used with install/remove, can omit any packages
-to permit APT to deduce a likely soltion. Any Package that are specified
-must completly correct the problem. The option is sometimes necessary when
+to permit APT to deduce a likely solution. Any packages that are specified
+must completely correct the problem. The option is sometimes necessary when
running APT for the first time; APT itself does not allow broken package
dependencies to exist on a system. It is possible that a system's
dependency structure can be so corrupt as to require manual intervention
@@ -204,7 +204,7 @@
Quiet; produces output suitable for logging, omitting progress indicators.
More q's will produce more quiet up to a maximum of 2. You can also use
\fB-q=#\fR to set the quiet level, overriding the configuration file.
-Note that quiet level 2 implies \fB-y\fR, you should never use -qq
+Note that quiet level 2 implies \fB-y\fR; you should never use -qq
without a no-action modifier such as -d, --print-uris or -s as APT may
decided to do something you did not expect.
Configuration Item: quiet.
@@ -227,7 +227,7 @@
Simulate prints out
a series of lines each one representing a dpkg operation, Configure (Conf),
Remove (Remv), Unpack (Inst). Square brackets indicate broken packages with
-and empty set of square brackets meaning breaks that are of no consequence
+an empty set of square brackets meaning breaks that are of no consequence
@@ -237,7 +237,7 @@
Automatic yes to prompts; assume "yes" as answer to all prompts and run
non-interactively. If an undesirable situation, such as changing a held
-package or removing an essential package occurs then apt-get
+package or removing an essential package occurs, then apt-get
Configuration Item: APT::Get::Assume-Yes.
@@ -263,7 +263,7 @@
Configuration Item: APT::Ignore-Hold.
-Do not upgrade packages; When used in conjunction with install
+Do not upgrade packages; When used in conjunction with install,
no-upgrade will prevent packages listed from being upgraded
if they are already installed.
Configuration Item: APT::Get::Upgrade.
@@ -276,7 +276,7 @@
Configuration Item: APT::Get::force-yes.
-Instead of fetching the files to install their URIs are printed. Each
+Instead of fetching the files to install, their URIs are printed. Each
URI will have the path, the destination file name, the size and the expected
md5 hash. Note that the file name to write to will not always match
the file name on the remote site! This also works with the /source/
@@ -307,12 +307,12 @@
a default pin at priority 990 using the specified release string. The
preferences file may further override this setting. In short, this option
lets you have simple control over which distribution packages will be
-retrieved from. Some common examples might me
+retrieved from. Some common examples might be
\fB-t '2.1*'\fR or \fB-t unstable\fR.
-Configuration Item: APT::Default-Release
+Configuration Item: APT::Default-Release.
-Only perform operations are 'trivial'. Logically this can be considered
+Only perform operations that are 'trivial'. Logically this can be considered
related to \fB--assume-yes\fR, where \fB--assume-yes\fR will answer
yes to any prompt, \fB--trivial-only\fR will answer no.
Configuration Item: APT::Get::Trivial-Only.
@@ -320,19 +320,19 @@
If any packages are to be removed apt-get immediately aborts without
-Configuration Item: APT::Get::Remove
+Configuration Item: APT::Get::Remove.
Only has meaning for the source command. indicates that the
given source names are not to be mapped through the binary table.
-Configuration Item: APT::Get::Only-Source
+Configuration Item: APT::Get::Only-Source.
Download only the diff or tar file of a source archive.
Configuration Item: APT::Get::Diff-Only and
@@ -342,7 +342,7 @@
-Show the program verison.
+Show the program version.
@@ -365,16 +365,16 @@
Configuration Item: Dir::Etc::SourceList.
-storage area for retrieved package files
+storage area for retrieved package files.
Configuration Item: Dir::Cache::Archives.
-storage area for package files in transit
+storage area for package files in transit.
Configuration Item: Dir::Cache::Archives (implicit partial).
storage area for state information for each package resource specified in
Configuration Item: Dir::State::Lists.