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Bug#115953: marked as done (apt-get -d install <package> doesn't work as documented)

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Package: apt
Version: 0.5.4
Severity: normal


Given the following exceprt from the apt-get(8) manpage:


              Download  only;  package  files are only retrieved,
              not unpacked  or  installed.   Configuration  Item:

and the actual behavior of apt-get, e.g.:

  # apt-get -d install ssh
  Reading Package Lists... Done
  Building Dependency Tree... Done
  Sorry, ssh is already the newest version.
  0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 31  not upgraded.

there is a contradiction: apt-get still wants to install the package.
If it wouldn't want to, it had downloaded the package and had left it in

There are several ways we could solve this contradiction:

1. make a new apt-get command, e.g.: apt-get deb <package>

2. correct the manpage, e.g.: s/"package  files are only retrieved, not
   unpacked  or  installed."/"the regular install procedure of apt-get(8)
   stops right after retrieving the package. It doesn't retrieve the package
   if it is already installed and if the dependencies are not met."/

3. any more ideas?



-- System Information
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux holanyij 2.4.10 #1 Sat Sep 29 02:12:03 CEST 2001 i686

Versions of packages apt depends on:
ii  libc6                  2.2.4-3           GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libstdc++2.10-glibc2.2 1:2.95.4-0.011006 The GNU stdc++ library

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