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       jablicator - Share package collection choice across machines


       jablicator [--root <path>]


       jablicator  generates  an "apt-get"-able package. The package itself is
       empty. However it  has  a  dependency  for  every  non-required  Debian
       package  that  is on the machine. This program will create and populate
       two directories dists and pool in your working directory. You can  then
       move them to a web accessible location.

       This   utility   is   designed  to  reduce  software  distribution  and
       maintenance costs by reducing  redundant  system  administration.   For
       example,  I  have  spent  a  lot  of  time  finding  and  vetting image
       processing software from Debian’s large package collection.  With  this
       utility, my image processing colleague down the hall can easily benefit
       from the fruit of my labor.

       There are many replication techniques  in  Debian.  This  one  has  the
       advantage  of  using the apt and dpkg infrastructure. A disadvantage is
       the possibility of packages changing out from under you in  the  Debian
       distribution  (especially  in  testing  or  unstable).  That means that
       jablicator output can grow stale over time if it is not regenerated.


       The packages produced by this program contain  a  lot  of  information,
       including  a list of the Debian packages installed on the machine and a
       listing of apt-get sources. Some system administrators consider sharing
       such information a security risk.




       --root <path>
              Being  able  to  pull in package selections from another install
              can be helpful, in the cases  of  a  non-functional  system,  or
              reading from a hard drive install under Knoppix. In other words,
              source from a root filesystem that is not mounted at  the  root.
              This  is  a  rare  situation  and most users should not use this


       dpkg(8) apt-get(8).


       Jeff Breidenbach <>.


       Tom Parks, Cliff Weinstein, Burkhard Perkens-Golomb.