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:
Read configuration from file, and ignore the system configuration
file (see CONFIGURATION below).
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.
Interpret package as a source package name, and display versions of
any associated binary packages as well as of the source package.
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:
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
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
$ madison-lite -S -a powerpc glibc
Show versions of all packages in the unstable suite whose names begin
$ madison-lite -s unstable -r 'man.*'
An example configuration file for a simple local mirror:
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 〈firstname.lastname@example.org〉. The
interface mirrors that of madison (since renamed to dak ls), written by