Bug#266551: [apt-get] --download-only option is unintuitive to use
Want to peek a package.deb, but it's no longer in apt's cache.
You decide to downlad the package:
apt-get -d install package.deb
Apt starts, processes, and tells
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 3 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 0B of archives.
Hm, that was quick. Let's peek /var/cache/apt/archives. No? Not there?
If user requested --download-only option to get the package to disk,
it is unintuitive to have to be forced to add yet another otpion
--reinstall to have the actual download to start.
Apt could check if package is no longer in cache and fetch it
as necessary. User expects option --download-only to mean "request to
get the package to _disk_ (whatever means necessary)".
-- Package-specific info:
-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
APT prefers unstable
APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 220.127.116.1140601
Locale: LANG=en_US, LC_CTYPE=en_US (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_US)
Versions of packages apt depends on:
ii libc6 2.3.2.ds1-16 GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii libgcc1 1:3.4.1-5 GCC support library
ii libstdc++5 1:3.3.4-9 The GNU Standard C++ Library v3
-- no debconf information