pkgsync - Automated package synchronization tool
pkgsync is a tool for keeping multiple machines reasonably similar and
clean. Packages can either be in a ‘must be installed’, ‘may be
installed’ or ‘must not be installed’ list (which is presumed to be
distributed separately using a tool such as rdist or cfengine).
pkgsync will take care of meeting the demands put down in the lists,
and then removing everything that is not in the ‘must’ or ‘may’ list
and is not necessary for their operations (as determined by aptitude).
Print a short help text and exit.
Do everything as usual, but put aptitude in simulation mode,
causing it to never do any changes (except update and autoclean,
which should both be harmless) to your system. This is
especially useful on a new system to make sure pkgsync behaves
Note that aptitude prints out its intended actions _before_
running the conflict resolver. If there’s a conflict somewhere,
chances are that the results on your system will be different
from what aptitude prints out.
Instruct aptitude to not remove cruft (ie. unused packages);
this is morally equivalent to having an "*" entry in
When encountering a wildcard pattern, pkgsync tries to ‘un-glob’
it. Traditionally, this was done using dpkg -- however, in
later versions one can use aptitude instead. Using aptitude is a
little slower, but the syntax is a lot more flexible, supporting
regular expressions and various searches on fields. Giving
--dpkg-glob makes pkgsync use dpkg, which is not very useful
except for backwards compatibility.
Use aptitude’s globbing instead of dpkg’s globbing (see above).
This option is the default.
/usr/share/doc/pkgsync/README.Debian (complete tutorial and reference
pkgsync is Copyright 2004-2007 Steinar H. Gunderson