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       apt-offline - Offline APT Package manager


       apt-offline [ARGUMENTS] [OPTIONS]


       apt-offline  brings  offline package management functionality to Debian
       based system.  It can be used to download packages and its dependencies
       to  be  installed  later  on  (or  required  to  update) a disconnected
       machine.   Packages  can  be  downloaded  from  a  different  connected

       It can also fetch bug reports for the packages that are downloaded.

       Unless the -h/-v or --help/--version options are given, one of the get,
       set or install commands must be provided.

   set   [-h]   [--install-packages    PKG...PKG_N]    [--install-src-packages
       PKG...PKG_N]   --src-build-dep   [--release   release_name]  [--update]
       [--upgrade] [--upgrade-type upgrade] apt-offline.sig
       set generates a signature file with the data required to install on  or
       update the disconnected machine.

       FILENAME  {apt-offline.sig}  is  the  signature  file  generated on the
       machine. This file will contain all the information necessary for  apt.

       --install-packages [PKG...PKG_N]
                 Packages that need to be installed

       --install-src-packages [PKG...PKG_N]
                 Source packages that need to be installed

                 Download  Build  Dependency  packages for the source packages

       --release release_name
                 Release target to install packages from

       --update  Generate APT Database signature for an update.  This  is  the
                 equivalent of using apt-get update

       --upgrade Generate  APT Database signature for package upgrade. This is
                 the equivalent of using apt-get upgrade

       --upgrade-type {upgrade_type}
                 Type of upgrade you would like to perform. Default is upgrade
                 .  Other valid types are dist-upgrade and dselect-upgrade

   get  [-h]  [--socket-timeout  ]  [-d  /  --download-dir] [-s / --cache-dir]
       [--no-checksum] [-t  /  --threads  ]  [--bundle]  [--bug-reports]  apt-
       get downloads APT data as per a signature file.

       FILENAME  {apt-offline.sig}  is the signature file required for details
       about data to be downloaded. This file should have  been  generated  by
       the above set command.

       -d, --download-dir DIR_NAME
                 Download  data to the specified DIR_NAME folder. If no folder
                 name is specified, data is downloaded  to  a  folder  in  the
                 TEMPDIR path in the format apt-offline-download-$PID

       -s, --cache-dir DIR_NAME
                 Look  for  data  in  the cache before downloading it from the
                 internet. If you are on a  Debian  box,  you  would  want  to
                 specify  /var/cache/apt/archives  here.  If  the  data is not
                 available in the cache, the downloaded data is also copied to
                 the cache.

                 Enabling this option will bypass the checksum verification of
                 each downloaded file thus losing integrity  of  the  package.
                 Usage of this option is highly discouraged

       -t, --threads NUM_OF_THREADS
                 Number of threads to spawn for downloads. Default is 1. Using
                 too many threads  can  overload  the  servers,  hence  it  is
                 advisable to keep the number low

       --bundle FILENAME
                 Create  an archive file FILENAME. The file is archived in zip

                 Download bug reports for packages that are being  downloaded.
                 Currently only the Debian BTS is supported.

   install  [-h]  [--skip-bug-reports  ]  [--install-src-path  PATH] [--allow-
       unauthenticated] FILE/FOLDER
       install installs APT data to the APT package database and updates it.

       FILE {archive_bundle_file} Install data from the archive (bundle) file.

       FOLDER Install data from the folder path.

       Either  FILE or FOLDER argument can be provided to the install command.

                 Skip listing of downloaded bug reports, if any.

                 Don’t verify GPG signatures for the data to be  installed  to
                 APT. Usage of this option is highly discouraged.

       --install-src-path PATH
                 Path  to  filesystem  where we want the source packages to be
                 installed to. Default will be a folder in your TEMPDIR.


       -h, --help
              Show help message

              Run in verbose mode

              Developer only. Used for testing on windows

       -v, --version
              Display the version of the progream


       To keep  your  disconnected  machine  up-to-date,  here  is  a  typical

       NOTE: argument/option handling
              apt-offline relies on argparse for argument/option  parsing.  To
              explicitly  instruct apt-offline about an argument, you can pass
              it with the -- delimiter.

              Ex. apt-offline set --update --upgrade --install-packages wm2 --

              By  specifying  the  --  delimiter, we instruct apt-offline that
              foo.sig is an argument to the apt-offline command and not to the
              --install-packages option.

       apt-offline set FILENAME
              This  command  will  generate  a signature file FILENAME for APT
              Package Database.  To generate only the signature  for  updates,
              use  the  --update  option.   To generate only the signature for
              package upgrades, use the --upgrade  option.   Default  behavior
              when  no  options  are  specified is to generate a signature for
              both the operations.

       apt-offline get FILENAME
              This command will  fetch  the  data  required  for  APT  Package
              Database  as  per  the signature file FILENAME generated by apt-
              offline get.  To download bug reports also use the --bug-reports
              option.  Currently supported bug tracker is Debian BTS only.  By
              default, if neither of -d or  --bundle  options  are  specified,
              apt-offline  downloads  data  into  a  folder inside the TEMPDIR
              environment  folder  in  the  format  apt-offline-downloads-PID,
              where PID is the PID of the running apt-offline process. Example
              on a linux machine would be  something  like:  /tmp/apt-offline-

       apt-offline install FILE|FOLDER
              This command will sync the data downloaded by apt-offline get to
              the APT Package Database and update it.  Depending on where  the
              data  was  downloaded  to  or  packed  into, either the absolute
              FOLDER path or the archive FILE path can be specified.


       apt-offline is written by Ritesh Raj Sarraf (


       Signal hanling is executed only in the Main  Thread,  thus  leading  to
       CTRL  +  C  not exiting during the get operation. This is more a python
       gil problem. Google python + gil for more details

       If you wish to report a bug  in  apt-offline,  please  see  http://apt- or send an email to me at


       apt-get(8), apt-cache(8), dpkg(8), aptitude(8),


       This  software  is  dedicated  to the memory of my father Santosh Kumar
       Sarraf. We miss you a lot.