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     madison-lite - display versions of Debian packages in an archive


     madison-lite [--config-file file] [--mirror directory] [--nocache]
                  [--update] [-S] [-r] [-a architecture[,...]]
                  [-c component[,...]] [-s suite[,...]] package [...]


     madison-lite inspects a local Debian package archive and displays the
     versions of the given packages found in each suite (for example, stable,
     testing, or unstable) in a brief but easily human-readable form.  It aims
     to be a drop-in replacement for the madison utility (since renamed to dak
     ls), from the dak archive management suite that runs on the central
     Debian archive systems, but one which can run without access to the
     archive’s SQL database.

     The following options are available:

     --config-file file
           Read configuration from file, and ignore the system configuration
           file (see CONFIGURATION below).

     --mirror directory
           Quick configuration: use directory as the top level of the Debian

           Normally, parts of the Packages and Sources files in the archive
           are cached in ~/.madison-lite/cache for speed.  This option
           disables that behaviour.

           Force caches of Packages and Sources files to be updated.

     -S, --source-and-binary
           Interpret package as a source package name, and display versions of
           any associated binary packages as well as of the source package.

     -r, --regex
           Interpret package as a Perl regular expression anchored at the
           start of the package name rather than as an exact name.  Make sure
           to quote any shell metacharacters such as ‘*’ or ‘?’ if necessary.

     -a, --architecture architecture[,...]
           Display only entries for packages built for these architectures.
           Separate multiple architectures with commas or spaces.

     -c, --component component[,...]
           Display only entries in the given components.  Separate multiple
           components with commas or spaces.

     -s, --suite suite[,...]
           Display only entries in the given suites.  Separate multiple suites
           with commas or spaces.


     madison-lite reads configuration information from the file named by
     --config-file, or, if that is not supplied, from the first of
     ~/.madison-lite/config and /etc/madison-lite/config that exists.

     The following configuration directives are recognized:

     mirror directory
           Set the top-level directory of the local Debian mirror.  Relative
           directories in the suite directive are interpreted relative to this
           directory.  Defaults to the current directory.

     suite name directory [component [...]]
           Defines the suite name based at directory, containing the specified
           components (defaulting to all subdirectories of directory).  Output
           is displayed following the order of suite directives in the
           configuration file.  If no suite directives are present, then every
           subdirectory of the dists directory under mirror is treated as a
           suite, with all of their subdirectories as components.

           The Debian archive is structured such that the subdirectories of
           each suite directory identify components (such as main).  Each of
           those in turn has subdirectories for each architecture
           (binary-i386, and so on), each of which contains any or all of
           Packages, Packages.gz, and Packages.bz2 files listing binary
           packages; it also has a subdirectory called source which contains
           any or all of Sources, Sources.gz, and Sources.bz2 files listing
           source packages.

     The configuration file may contain comment lines, which start with a ‘#’


     Show versions of the coreutils package:

           $ madison-lite coreutils

     Show versions of all binary packages on powerpc produced by the glibc
     source package:

           $ madison-lite -S -a powerpc glibc

     Show versions of all packages in the unstable suite whose names begin
     with ‘man’:

           $ madison-lite -s unstable -r 'man.*'

     An example configuration file for a simple local mirror:

           mirror /mirror/debian
           suite unstable dists/unstable main
           suite unstable-non-US non-US/dists/unstable non-US/main


     dpkg-scanpackages(8), dpkg-scansources(8), apt-ftparchive(1)


     madison-lite was written by Colin Watson 〈〉.  The
     interface mirrors that of madison (since renamed to dak ls), written by
     James Troup.