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       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).


       -h, --help
              Print a short help text and exit.

       -s, --simulate
              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
              as expected.

              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.

       -k, --keep-unused
              Instruct  aptitude  to  not  remove cruft (ie. unused packages);
              this  is  morally  equivalent  to  having  an   "*"   entry   in

       -d, --dpkg-glob
              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.

       -a, --aptitude-glob
              Use  aptitude’s globbing instead of dpkg’s globbing (see above).
              This option is the default.


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       pkgsync     is     Copyright    2004-2007    Steinar    H.    Gunderson