Retrieving latest version of a file for a specified distribution
On Sunday 24 January 2010 09:45:08 Malte Forkel wrote:
> Given a file name (e.g. "/etc/dhclient.conf") and a distribution name
> (e.g. "etch"), I would like to programmatically retrieve the file's
> latest version for that distribution.
Not possible in general because of the alternatives system and diversions.
Plus, there's also the Replaces dependency in dpkg/apt. A single file may be
provided by multiple packages within even a single release. In addition a
file may be present on your system, and "installed" by a package, but not be
listed in either the contents of conffiles of the package.
That said, getting 90% there is probably better than nothing and normally good
> dpkg -S
You might use apt-file instead. It uses the Contents file in the repositories
to search for files you don't have installed. I'm not sure, but I think you
can point it at an alternative source.list file -- for example for release you
are not yet running.
> including security updates?
security.debian.org doesn't build/host Contents files, so apt-file won't
return any hits for those packages, but they should have the same content as
their version in the matching non-security repository.
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