debsnap - retrieve old snapshots of Debian packages
debsnap [options] package [version]
debsnap [-h | --help] [--version]
debsnap is a tool to help with retrieving snapshots of old packages
from a daily archive repository.
The only publicly available snapshot archive is currently located at
By default, debsnap will download all the available versions for
package that are found in the snapshot archive. If a version is
specified, only that particular version will be downloaded, if
The following options are available:
-d destination, --destdir destination
Directory to place retrieved packages.
Force writing into an existing destination. By default debsnap
will insist the destination directory does not exist yet unless
it is explicitly specified to be '.' (the current working
directory). This is to avoid files being accidentally
overwritten by what is fetched from the archive and to provide a
guarantee for other scripts that only the files fetched will be
present there upon completion.
Report on the debsnap configuration being used and progress
during the download operation. Please always use this option
when reporting bugs.
Show a summary of these options.
Show the version of debsnap.
debsnap may also be configured through the use of the following options
in the devscripts configuration files:
Same as the command line option --verbose. Set to "yes" to
Set a default path for the destination directory. If unset
./source-<package_name> will be used. The command line option
--destdir will override this.
The base url for the snapshots archive.
If unset this defaults to http://snapshot.debian.org
debsnap will return an exit status of 0 if all operations succeeded, 1
if a fatal error occurred, and 2 if some packages failed to be
downloaded but operations otherwise succeeded as expected. In some
cases packages may fail to be downloaded because they are no longer
available on the snapshot mirror, so any caller should expect this may
occur in normal use.
Global devscripts configuration options. Will override
Per-user configuration options. Will override any global
devscripts(1), devscripts.conf(5), git-debimport(1)
David Paleino <email@example.com>
Copyright (C) 2010 David Paleino
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 3 or (at
your option) any later version published by the Free Software
On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License
can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.
The program is part of the devscripts package. Please report bugs
using `reportbug devscripts`