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APT.CONF

Section: APT (5)

Updated: 09 June 2012

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NAME

apt.conf - Configuration file for APT

DESCRIPTION

/etc/apt/apt.conf is the main configuration file shared by all the tools in the APT suite of tools, though it is by no means the only place options can be set. The suite also shares a common command line parser to provide a uniform environment.

When an APT tool starts up it will read the configuration files in the following order:

1. the file specified by the APT_CONFIG environment variable (if any)
2. all files in Dir
:Etc::Parts in alphanumeric ascending order which have either no or "conf" as filename extension and which only contain alphanumeric, hyphen (-), underscore (_) and period (.) characters. Otherwise APT will print a notice that it has ignored a file, unless that file matches a pattern in the Dir::Ignore-Files-Silently configuration list - in which case it will be silently ignored.:
3. the main configuration file specified by Dir
:Etc::main:
4. the command line options are applied to override the configuration directives or to load even more configuration files.

SYNTAX

The configuration file is organized in a tree with options organized into functional groups. Option specification is given with a double colon notation; for instance APT::Get::Assume-Yes is an option within the APT tool group, for the Get tool. Options do not inherit from their parent groups.

Syntactically the configuration language is modeled after what the ISC tools such as bind and dhcp use. Lines starting with // are treated as comments (ignored), as well as all text between /* and */, just like C/C++ comments. Each line is of the form APT::Get::Assume-Yes "true";. The quotation marks and trailing semicolon are required. The value must be on one line, and there is no kind of string concatenation. Values must not include backslashes or extra quotation marks. Option names are made up of alphanumeric characters and the characters "/-:._+". A new scope can be opened with curly braces, like this:

with newlines placed to make it more readable. Lists can be created by opening a scope and including a single string enclosed in quotes followed by a semicolon. Multiple entries can be included, separated by a semicolon.

In general the sample configuration file /usr/share/doc/apt/examples/configure-index.gz is a good guide for how it should look.

Case is not significant in names of configuration items, so in the previous example you could use dpkg::pre-install-pkgs.

Names for the configuration items are optional if a list is defined as can be seen in the DPkg::Pre-Install-Pkgs example above. If you don't specify a name a new entry will simply add a new option to the list. If you specify a name you can override the option in the same way as any other option by reassigning a new value to the option.

Two special commands are defined: #include (which is deprecated and not supported by alternative implementations) and #clear. #include will include the given file, unless the filename ends in a slash, in which case the whole directory is included. #clear is used to erase a part of the configuration tree. The specified element and all its descendants are erased. (Note that these lines also need to end with a semicolon.)

The #clear command is the only way to delete a list or a complete scope. Reopening a scope (or using the syntax described below with an appended ::) will not override previously written entries. Options can only be overridden by addressing a new value to them - lists and scopes can't be overridden, only cleared.

All of the APT tools take an -o option which allows an arbitrary configuration directive to be specified on the command line. The syntax is a full option name (APT::Get::Assume-Yes for instance) followed by an equals sign then the new value of the option. To append a new element to a list, add a trailing :: to the name of the list. (As you might suspect, the scope syntax can't be used on the command line.)

Note that appending items to a list using :: only works for one item per line, and that you should not use it in combination with the scope syntax (which adds :: implicitly). Using both syntaxes together will trigger a bug which some users unfortunately depend on: an option with the unusual name "::" which acts like every other option with a name. This introduces many problems; for one thing, users who write multiple lines in this wrong syntax in the hope of appending to a list will achieve the opposite, as only the last assignment for this option "::" will be used. Future versions of APT will raise errors and stop working if they encounter this misuse, so please correct such statements now while APT doesn't explicitly complain about them.

THE APT GROUP

This group of options controls general APT behavior as well as holding the options for all of the tools.

Architecture

System Architecture; sets the architecture to use when fetching files and parsing package lists. The internal default is the architecture apt was compiled for.

Architectures

All Architectures the system supports. For instance, CPUs implementing the amd64 (also called x86-64) instruction set are also able to execute binaries compiled for the i386 (x86) instruction set. This list is used when fetching files and parsing package lists. The initial default is always the system's native architecture (APT
:Architecture), and foreign architectures are added to the default list when they are registered via dpkg --add-architecture.:

Build-Profiles

List of all build profiles enabled for build-dependency resolution, without the "profile." namespace prefix. By default this list is empty. The DEB_BUILD_PROFILES as used by dpkg-buildpackage?(1) overrides the list notation.

Default-Release

Default release to install packages from if more than one version is available. Contains release name, codename or release version. Examples
'stable', 'testing', 'unstable', 'jessie', 'stretch', '4.0', '5.0*'. See also apt_preferences?(5).:

Ignore-Hold

Ignore held packages; this global option causes the problem resolver to ignore held packages in its decision making.

Clean-Installed

Defaults to on. When turned on the autoclean feature will remove any packages which can no longer be downloaded from the cache. If turned off then packages that are locally installed are also excluded from cleaning - but note that APT provides no direct means to reinstall them.

Immediate-Configure

Defaults to on, which will cause APT to install essential and important packages as soon as possible in an install/upgrade operation, in order to limit the effect of a failing dpkg?(1) call. If this option is disabled, APT treats an important package in the same way as an extra package
between the unpacking of the package A and its configuration there can be many other unpack or configuration calls for other unrelated packages B, C etc. If these cause the dpkg?(1) call to fail (e.g. because package B's maintainer scripts generate an error), this results in a system state in which package A is unpacked but unconfigured - so any package depending on A is now no longer guaranteed to work, as its dependency on A is no longer satisfied.

The immediate configuration marker is also applied in the potentially problematic case of circular dependencies, since a dependency with the immediate flag is equivalent to a Pre-Dependency. In theory this allows APT to recognise a situation in which it is unable to perform immediate configuration, abort, and suggest to the user that the option should be temporarily deactivated in order to allow the operation to proceed. Note the use of the word "theory" here; in the real world this problem has rarely been encountered, in non-stable distribution versions, and was caused by wrong dependencies of the package in question or by a system in an already broken state; so you should not blindly disable this option, as the scenario mentioned above is not the only problem it can help to prevent in the first place.

Before a big operation like dist-upgrade is run with this option disabled you should try to explicitly install the package APT is unable to configure immediately; but please make sure you also report your problem to your distribution and to the APT team with the buglink below, so they can work on improving or correcting the upgrade process.

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Force-LoopBreak

Never enable this option unless you really know what you are doing. It permits APT to temporarily remove an essential package to break a Conflicts/Conflicts or Conflicts/Pre-Depends loop between two essential packages. Such a loop should never exist and is a grave bug. This option will work if the essential packages are not tar, gzip, libc, dpkg, dash or anything that those packages depend on.

Cache-Start, Cache-Grow, Cache-Limit

APT uses since version 0.7.26 a resizable memory mapped cache file to store the available information. Cache-Start acts as a hint of the size the cache will grow to, and is therefore the amount of memory APT will request at startup. The default value is 20971520 bytes (~20 MB). Note that this amount of space needs to be available for APT; otherwise it will likely fail ungracefully, so for memory restricted devices this value should be lowered while on systems with a lot of configured sources it should be increased. Cache-Grow defines in bytes with the default of 1048576 (~1 MB) how much the cache size will be increased in the event the space defined by Cache-Start is not enough. This value will be applied again and again until either the cache is big enough to store all information or the size of the cache reaches the Cache-Limit. The default of Cache-Limit is 0 which stands for no limit. If Cache-Grow is set to 0 the automatic growth of the cache is disabled.

Build-Essential

Defines which packages are considered essential build dependencies.

Get

The Get subsection controls the apt-get?(8) tool; please see its documentation for more information about the options here.

Cache

The Cache subsection controls the apt-cache?(8) tool; please see its documentation for more information about the options here.

CDROM

The CDROM subsection controls the apt-cdrom?(8) tool; please see its documentation for more information about the options here.

THE ACQUIRE GROUP

The Acquire group of options controls the download of packages as well as the various "acquire methods" responsible for the download itself (see also (5)).

Check-Valid-Until

Security related option defaulting to true, as giving a Release file's validation an expiration date prevents replay attacks over a long timescale, and can also for example help users to identify mirrors that are no longer updated - but the feature depends on the correctness of the clock on the user system. Archive maintainers are encouraged to create Release files with the Valid-Until header, but if they don't or a stricter value is desired the Max-ValidTime option below can be used.

Max-ValidTime

Maximum time (in seconds) after its creation (as indicated by the Date header) that the Release file should be considered valid. If the Release file itself includes a Valid-Until header the earlier date of the two is used as the expiration date. The default value is 0 which stands for "valid forever". Archive specific settings can be made by appending the label of the archive to the option name.

Min-ValidTime

Minimum time (in seconds) after its creation (as indicated by the Date header) that the Release file should be considered valid. Use this if you need to use a seldom updated (local) mirror of a more frequently updated archive with a Valid-Until header instead of completely disabling the expiration date checking. Archive specific settings can and should be used by appending the label of the archive to the option name.

PDiffs

:Try to download deltas called PDiffs for indexes (like Packages files) instead of downloading whole ones. True by default.

Two sub-options to limit the use of PDiffs are also available: FileLimit can be used to specify a maximum number of PDiff files should be downloaded to update a file. SizeLimit on the other hand is the maximum percentage of the size of all patches compared to the size of the targeted file. If one of these limits is exceeded the complete file is downloaded instead of the patches.

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Queue-Mode

Queuing mode; Queue-Mode can be one of host or access which determines how APT parallelizes outgoing connections. host means that one connection per target host will be opened, access means that one connection per URI type will be opened.

Retries

Number of retries to perform. If this is non-zero APT will retry failed files the given number of times.

Source-Symlinks

Use symlinks for source archives. If set to true then source archives will be symlinked when possible instead of copying. True is the default.

http

:http::Proxy sets the default proxy to use for HTTP URIs. It is in the standard form of http://[[user][:pass]@]host[:port]/.|http://[[user][:pass]@]host[:port]/. Per host proxies can also be specified by using the form http::Proxy::<host> with the special keyword DIRECT meaning to use no proxies. If no one of the above settings is specified, http_proxy environment variable will be used.

Three settings are provided for cache control with HTTP/1.1 compliant proxy caches. No-Cache tells the proxy not to use its cached response under any circumstances. Max-Age sets the allowed maximum age (in seconds) of an index file in the cache of the proxy. No-Store specifies that the proxy should not store the requested archive files in its cache, which can be used to prevent the proxy from polluting its cache with (big) .deb files.

The option timeout sets the timeout timer used by the method; this value applies to the connection as well as the data timeout.

The setting Acquire::http::Pipeline-Depth can be used to enable HTTP pipelining (RFC 2616 section 8.1.2.2) which can be beneficial e.g. on high-latency connections. It specifies how many requests are sent in a pipeline. Previous APT versions had a default of 10 for this setting, but the default value is now 0 (= disabled) to avoid problems with the ever-growing amount of webservers and proxies which choose to not conform to the HTTP/1.1 specification.

Acquire::http::AllowRedirect controls whether APT will follow redirects, which is enabled by default.

The used bandwidth can be limited with Acquire::http::Dl-Limit which accepts integer values in kilobytes per second. The default value is 0 which deactivates the limit and tries to use all available bandwidth. Note that this option implicitly disables downloading from multiple servers at the same time.

Acquire::http::User-Agent can be used to set a different User-Agent for the http download method as some proxies allow access for clients only if the client uses a known identifier.

Acquire::http::Proxy-Auto-Detect can be used to specify an external command to discover the http proxy to use. Apt expects the command to output the proxy on stdout in the style http://proxy:port/. This will override the generic Acquire::http::Proxy but not any specific host proxy configuration set via Acquire::http::Proxy::$HOST. See the squid-deb-proxy-client?(1) package for an example implementation that uses avahi. This option takes precedence over the legacy option name ProxyAutoDetect.

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https

:The Cache-control, Timeout, AllowRedirect, Dl-Limit and proxy options work for HTTPS URIs in the same way as for the http method, and default to the same values if they are not explicitly set. The Pipeline-Depth option is not yet supported.

CaInfo suboption specifies place of file that holds info about trusted certificates. <host>::CaInfo is the corresponding per-host option. Verify-Peer boolean suboption determines whether or not the server's host certificate should be verified against trusted certificates. <host>::Verify-Peer is the corresponding per-host option. Verify-Host boolean suboption determines whether or not the server's hostname should be verified. <host>::Verify-Host is the corresponding per-host option. SslCert determines what certificate to use for client authentication. <host>::SslCert is the corresponding per-host option. SslKey determines what private key to use for client authentication. <host>::SslKey is the corresponding per-host option. SslForceVersion overrides default SSL version to use. It can contain either of the strings 'TLSv1' or 'SSLv3'. <host>::SslForceVersion is the corresponding per-host option.

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ftp

:ftp::Proxy sets the default proxy to use for FTP URIs. It is in the standard form of ftp://[[user][:pass]@]host[:port]/.|ftp://[[user][:pass]@]host[:port]/. Per host proxies can also be specified by using the form ftp::Proxy::<host> with the special keyword DIRECT meaning to use no proxies. If no one of the above settings is specified, ftp_proxy environment variable will be used. To use an FTP proxy you will have to set the ftp::ProxyLogin script in the configuration file. This entry specifies the commands to send to tell the proxy server what to connect to. Please see /usr/share/doc/apt/examples/configure-index.gz for an example of how to do this. The substitution variables representing the corresponding URI component are $(PROXY_USER), $(PROXY_PASS), $(SITE_USER), $(SITE_PASS), $(SITE) and $(SITE_PORT).

The option timeout sets the timeout timer used by the method; this value applies to the connection as well as the data timeout.

Several settings are provided to control passive mode. Generally it is safe to leave passive mode on; it works in nearly every environment. However, some situations require that passive mode be disabled and port mode FTP used instead. This can be done globally or for connections that go through a proxy or for a specific host (see the sample config file for examples).

It is possible to proxy FTP over HTTP by setting the ftp_proxy environment variable to an HTTP URL - see the discussion of the http method above for syntax. You cannot set this in the configuration file and it is not recommended to use FTP over HTTP due to its low efficiency.

The setting ForceExtended controls the use of RFC2428 EPSV and EPRT commands. The default is false, which means these commands are only used if the control connection is IPv6. Setting this to true forces their use even on IPv4 connections. Note that most FTP servers do not support RFC2428.

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cdrom

For URIs using the cdrom method, the only configurable option is the mount point, cdrom
:Mount, which must be the mount point for the CD-ROM (or DVD, or whatever) drive as specified in /etc/fstab. It is possible to provide alternate mount and unmount commands if your mount point cannot be listed in the fstab. The syntax is to put

within the cdrom block. It is important to have the trailing slash. Unmount commands can be specified using UMount.

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gpgv

For GPGV URIs the only configurable option is gpgv
:Options, which passes additional parameters to gpgv.:

CompressionTypes

List of compression types which are understood by the acquire methods. Files like Packages can be available in various compression formats. By default the acquire methods can decompress bzip2, lzma and gzip compressed files; with this setting more formats can be added on the fly or the used method can be changed. The syntax for this is

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Acquire::CompressionTypes::FileExtension "Methodname";

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Also, the Order subgroup can be used to define in which order the acquire system will try to download the compressed files. The acquire system will try the first and proceed with the next compression type in this list on error, so to prefer one over the other type simply add the preferred type first - default types not already added will be implicitly appended to the end of the list, so e.g.

can be used to prefer gzip compressed files over bzip2 and lzma. If lzma should be preferred over gzip and bzip2 the configure setting should look like this:

It is not needed to add bz2 to the list explicitly as it will be added automatically.

Note that the Dir::Bin::Methodname will be checked at run time. If this option has been set, the method will only be used if this file exists; e.g. for the bzip2 method (the inbuilt) setting is:

Note also that list entries specified on the command line will be added at the end of the list specified in the configuration files, but before the default entries. To prefer a type in this case over the ones specified in the configuration files you can set the option direct - not in list style. This will not override the defined list; it will only prefix the list with this type.

The special type uncompressed can be used to give uncompressed files a preference, but note that most archives don't provide uncompressed files so this is mostly only useable for local mirrors.

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GzipIndexes

When downloading gzip compressed indexes (Packages, Sources, or Translations), keep them gzip compressed locally instead of unpacking them. This saves quite a lot of disk space at the expense of more CPU requirements when building the local package caches. False by default.

Languages

:The Languages subsection controls which Translation files are downloaded and in which order APT tries to display the description-translations. APT will try to display the first available description in the language which is listed first. Languages can be defined with their short or long language codes. Note that not all archives provide Translation files for every language - the long language codes are especially rare.

The default list includes "environment" and "en". "environment" has a special meaning here: it will be replaced at runtime with the language codes extracted from the LC_MESSAGES environment variable. It will also ensure that these codes are not included twice in the list. If LC_MESSAGES is set to "C" only the Translation-en file (if available) will be used. To force APT to use no Translation file use the setting Acquire::Languages=none. "none" is another special meaning code which will stop the search for a suitable Translation file. This tells APT to download these translations too, without actually using them unless the environment specifies the languages. So the following example configuration will result in the order "en, de" in an English locale or "de, en" in a German one. Note that "fr" is downloaded, but not used unless APT is used in a French locale (where the order would be "fr, de, en").

Note: To prevent problems resulting from APT being executed in different environments (e.g. by different users or by other programs) all Translation files which are found in /var/lib/apt/lists/ will be added to the end of the list (after an implicit "none").

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ForceIPv4

When downloading, force to use only the IPv4 protocol.

ForceIPv6

When downloading, force to use only the IPv6 protocol.

DIRECTORIES

The Dir::State section has directories that pertain to local state information. lists is the directory to place downloaded package lists in and status is the name of the dpkg?(1) status file. preferences is the name of the APT preferences file. Dir::State contains the default directory to prefix on all sub-items if they do not start with / or ./.

Dir::Cache contains locations pertaining to local cache information, such as the two package caches srcpkgcache and pkgcache as well as the location to place downloaded archives, Dir::Cache::archives. Generation of caches can be turned off by setting pkgcache or srcpkgcache to "". This will slow down startup but save disk space. It is probably preferable to turn off the pkgcache rather than the srcpkgcache. Like Dir::State the default directory is contained in Dir::Cache

Dir::Etc contains the location of configuration files, sourcelist gives the location of the sourcelist and main is the default configuration file (setting has no effect, unless it is done from the config file specified by APT_CONFIG).

The Dir::Parts setting reads in all the config fragments in lexical order from the directory specified. After this is done then the main config file is loaded.

Binary programs are pointed to by Dir::Bin. Dir::Bin::Methods specifies the location of the method handlers and gzip, bzip2, lzma, dpkg, apt-getdpkg-sourcedpkg-buildpackage and apt-cache specify the location of the respective programs.

The configuration item RootDir has a special meaning. If set, all paths in Dir:: will be relative to RootDir, even paths that are specified absolutely. So, for instance, if RootDir is set to /tmp/staging and Dir::State::status is set to /var/lib/dpkg/status, then the status file will be looked up in /tmp/staging/var/lib/dpkg/status.

The Ignore-Files-Silently list can be used to specify which files APT should silently ignore while parsing the files in the fragment directories. Per default a file which end with .disabled, ~, .bak or .dpkg-[a-z]+ is silently ignored. As seen in the last default value these patterns can use regular expression syntax.

APT IN DSELECT

When APT is used as a dselect?(1) method several configuration directives control the default behavior. These are in the DSelect section.

Clean

Cache Clean mode; this value may be one of always, prompt, auto, pre-auto and never. always and prompt will remove all packages from the cache after upgrading, prompt (the default) does so conditionally. auto removes only those packages which are no longer downloadable (replaced with a new version for instance). pre-auto performs this action before downloading new packages.

options

The contents of this variable are passed to apt-get?(8) as command line options when it is run for the install phase.

Updateoptions

The contents of this variable are passed to apt-get?(8) as command line options when it is run for the update phase.

PromptAfterUpdate

If true the [U]pdate operation in dselect?(1) will always prompt to continue. The default is to prompt only on error.

HOW APT CALLS DPKG?(1)

Several configuration directives control how APT invokes dpkg?(1). These are in the DPkg section.

options

This is a list of options to pass to dpkg?(1). The options must be specified using the list notation and each list item is passed as a single argument to dpkg?(1).

Pre-Invoke, Post-Invoke

This is a list of shell commands to run before/after invoking dpkg?(1). Like options this must be specified in list notation. The commands are invoked in order using /bin/sh; should any fail APT will abort.

Pre-Install-Pkgs

:This is a list of shell commands to run before invoking dpkg?(1). Like options this must be specified in list notation. The commands are invoked in order using /bin/sh; should any fail APT will abort. APT will pass the filenames of all .deb files it is going to install to the commands, one per line on the requested file descriptor, defaulting to standard input.

Version 2 of this protocol dumps more information, including the protocol version, the APT configuration space and the packages, files and versions being changed. Version 3 adds the architecture and MultiArch flag to each version being dumped.

The version of the protocol to be used for the command cmd can be chosen by setting DPkg::Tools::options::cmd::Version accordingly, the default being version 1. If APT isn't supporting the requested version it will send the information in the highest version it has support for instead.

The file descriptor to be used to send the information can be requested with DPkg::Tools::options::cmd::InfoFD which defaults to 0 for standard input and is available since version 0.9.11. Support for the option can be detected by looking for the environment variable APT_HOOK_INFO_FD which contains the number of the used file descriptor as a confirmation.

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Run-Directory

APT chdirs to this directory before invoking dpkg?(1), the default is /.

Build-options

These options are passed to dpkg-buildpackage?(1) when compiling packages; the default is to disable signing and produce all binaries.

dpkg trigger usage (and related options)

APT can call dpkg?(1) in such a way as to let it make aggressive use of triggers over multiple calls of dpkg?(1). Without further options dpkg?(1) will use triggers once each time it runs. Activating these options can therefore decrease the time needed to perform the install or upgrade. Note that it is intended to activate these options per default in the future, but as it drastically changes the way APT calls dpkg?(1) it needs a lot more testing. These options are therefore currently experimental and should not be used in production environments. It also breaks progress reporting such that all front-ends will currently stay around half (or more) of the time in the 100% state while it actually configures all packages.

Note that it is not guaranteed that APT will support these options or that these options will not cause (big) trouble in the future. If you have understand the current risks and problems with these options, but are brave enough to help testing them, create a new configuration file and test a combination of options. Please report any bugs, problems and improvements you encounter and make sure to note which options you have used in your reports. Asking dpkg?(1) for help could also be useful for debugging proposes, see e.g. dpkg --audit. A defensive option combination would be

DPkg::NoTriggers

Add the no triggers flag to all dpkg?(1) calls (except the ConfigurePending call). See dpkg?(1) if you are interested in what this actually means. In short
dpkg?(1) will not run the triggers when this flag is present unless it is explicitly called to do so in an extra call. Note that this option exists (undocumented) also in older APT versions with a slightly different meaning: Previously these option only append --no-triggers to the configure calls to dpkg?(1) - now APT will also add this flag to the unpack and remove calls.:

PackageManager::Configure

Valid values are "all", "smart" and "no". The default value is "all", which causes APT to configure all packages. The "smart" way is to configure only packages which need to be configured before another package can be unpacked (Pre-Depends), and let the rest be configured by dpkg?(1) with a call generated by the ConfigurePending option (see below). On the other hand, "no" will not configure anything, and totally relies on dpkg?(1) for configuration (which at the moment will fail if a Pre-Depends is encountered). Setting this option to any value other than all will implicitly also activate the next option by default, as otherwise the system could end in an unconfigured and potentially unbootable state.

DPkg::ConfigurePending

If this option is set APT will call dpkg --configure --pending to let dpkg?(1) handle all required configurations and triggers. This option is activated automatically per default if the previous option is not set to all, but deactivating it could be useful if you want to run APT multiple times in a row - e.g. in an installer. In these sceneries you could deactivate this option in all but the last run.

DPkg::TriggersPending

Useful for the smart configuration as a package which has pending triggers is not considered as installed, and dpkg?(1) treats them as unpacked currently which is a showstopper for Pre-Dependencies (see debbugs #526774). Note that this will process all triggers, not only the triggers needed to configure this package.

OrderList::Score::Immediate

Essential packages (and their dependencies) should be configured immediately after unpacking. It is a good idea to do this quite early in the upgrade process as these configure calls also currently require DPkg
:TriggersPending which will run quite a few triggers (which may not be needed). Essentials get per default a high score but the immediate flag is relatively low (a package which has a Pre-Depends is rated higher). These option and the others in the same group can be used to change the scoring. The following example shows the settings with their default values.

PERIODIC AND ARCHIVES OPTIONS

APT::Periodic and APT::Archives groups of options configure behavior of apt periodic updates, which is done by the /etc/cron.daily/apt script. See the top of this script for the brief documentation of these options.

DEBUG OPTIONS

Enabling options in the Debug:: section will cause debugging information to be sent to the standard error stream of the program utilizing the apt libraries, or enable special program modes that are primarily useful for debugging the behavior of apt. Most of these options are not interesting to a normal user, but a few may be:

• Debug
:pkgProblemResolver enables output about the decisions made by dist-upgrade, upgrade, install, remove, purge.:
• Debug
:NoLocking disables all file locking. This can be used to run some operations (for instance, apt-get -s install) as a non-root user.:
• Debug
:pkgDPkgPM prints out the actual command line each time that apt invokes dpkg?(1).:
• Debug
:IdentCdrom disables the inclusion of statfs data in CD-ROM IDs.:

A full list of debugging options to apt follows.

Debug::Acquire::cdrom

Print information related to accessing cdrom
// sources.:

Debug::Acquire::ftp

Print information related to downloading packages using FTP.

Debug::Acquire::http

Print information related to downloading packages using HTTP.

Debug::Acquire::https

Print information related to downloading packages using HTTPS.

Debug::Acquire::gpgv

Print information related to verifying cryptographic signatures using gpg.

Debug::aptcdrom

Output information about the process of accessing collections of packages stored on CD-ROMs.

Debug::BuildDeps

Describes the process of resolving build-dependencies in apt-get?(8).

Debug::Hashes

Output each cryptographic hash that is generated by the apt libraries.

Debug::IdentCDROM

Do not include information from statfs, namely the number of used and free blocks on the CD-ROM filesystem, when generating an ID for a CD-ROM.

Debug::NoLocking

Disable all file locking. For instance, this will allow two instances of "apt-get update" to run at the same time.

Debug::pkgAcquire

Log when items are added to or removed from the global download queue.

Debug::pkgAcquire::Auth

Output status messages and errors related to verifying checksums and cryptographic signatures of downloaded files.

Debug::pkgAcquire::Diffs

Output information about downloading and applying package index list diffs, and errors relating to package index list diffs.

Debug::pkgAcquire::RRed

Output information related to patching apt package lists when downloading index diffs instead of full indices.

Debug::pkgAcquire::Worker

Log all interactions with the sub-processes that actually perform downloads.

Debug::pkgAutoRemove

Log events related to the automatically-installed status of packages and to the removal of unused packages.

Debug::pkgDepCache::AutoInstall

Generate debug messages describing which packages are being automatically installed to resolve dependencies. This corresponds to the initial auto-install pass performed in, e.g., apt-get install, and not to the full apt dependency resolver; see Debug
:pkgProblemResolver for that.:

Debug::pkgDepCache::Marker

Generate debug messages describing which packages are marked as keep/install/remove while the ProblemResolver does his work. Each addition or deletion may trigger additional actions; they are shown indented two additional spaces under the original entry. The format for each line is MarkKeep, MarkDelete or MarkInstall followed by package-name <a.b.c -> d.e.f | x.y.z> (section) where a.b.c is the current version of the package, d.e.f is the version considered for installation and x.y.z is a newer version, but not considered for installation (because of a low pin score). The later two can be omitted if there is none or if it is the same as the installed version. section is the name of the section the package appears in.

Debug::pkgDPkgPM

When invoking dpkg?(1), output the precise command line with which it is being invoked, with arguments separated by a single space character.

Debug::pkgDPkgProgressReporting

Output all the data received from dpkg?(1) on the status file descriptor and any errors encountered while parsing it.

Debug::pkgOrderList

Generate a trace of the algorithm that decides the order in which apt should pass packages to dpkg?(1).

Debug::pkgPackageManager

Output status messages tracing the steps performed when invoking dpkg?(1).

Debug::pkgPolicy

Output the priority of each package list on startup.

Debug::pkgProblemResolver

Trace the execution of the dependency resolver (this applies only to what happens when a complex dependency problem is encountered).

Debug::pkgProblemResolver::ShowScores

Display a list of all installed packages with their calculated score used by the pkgProblemResolver. The description of the package is the same as described in Debug
:pkgDepCache::Marker:

Debug::sourceList

Print information about the vendors read from /etc/apt/vendors.list.

Debug::RunScripts

Display the external commands that are called by apt hooks. This includes e.g. the config options DPkg
:{Pre,Post}-Invoke or APT::Update::{Pre,Post}-Invoke.:

EXAMPLES

/usr/share/doc/apt/examples/configure-index.gz is a configuration file showing example values for all possible options.

FILES

/etc/apt/apt.conf

APT configuration file. Configuration Item
Dir::Etc::Main.:

/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/

APT configuration file fragments. Configuration Item
Dir::Etc::Parts.:

SEE ALSO

apt-cache?(8), apt-config?(8), apt_preferences?(5).

BUGS

m[blue]APT bug pagem[][1]. If you wish to report a bug in APT, please see /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-reporting.txt or the reportbug?(1) command.

AUTHORS

Jason Gunthorpe

APT team

Daniel Burrows <[email protected]>

Initial documentation of Debug
:*.:

NOTES

1.
APT bug page

:http://bugs.debian.org/src:apt


Index

NAME

DESCRIPTION

SYNTAX

THE APT GROUP

THE ACQUIRE GROUP

DIRECTORIES

APT IN DSELECT

HOW APT CALLS DPKG(1)

dpkg trigger usage (and related options)

PERIODIC AND ARCHIVES OPTIONS

DEBUG OPTIONS

EXAMPLES

FILES

SEE ALSO

BUGS

AUTHORS

NOTES