[Aptitude-devel] Bug#832320: aptitude: -t <release> download <package> broken?

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo manuel.montezelo at gmail.com
Sun Jul 24 21:53:16 UTC 2016

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2016-07-24 09:56 Jörg-Volker Peetz:
>Package: aptitude
>Version: 0.8.2-1
>Severity: normal
>Dear Maintainer(s),
>  aptitude -t sid download mksh
>fails with the message
>  Subcommand not supported: -t
>In the previous version 0.8.1-1 the command succeeds.
>The now no longer in the man-page documented
>  aptitude download <package>/<release>
>still works.

Thanks for the report.

Here I was wondering if anybody was using that operation at all, and
it's the first bug received after the last release...

Basically, aptitude now calls "apt download" on your behalf.  I did this
because it seems a bit unneeded to reimplement every bit of apt
functionality instead of reusing, and specially when reimplementing it
badly -- in this case, aptitude was downloading without check for valid
signatures or anything, or other sensible things that apt probably does.

So I am not sure what to do in this case.  Probably we should handle
"-t" specially since it's quite related to the download subcommand, even
if it's only to say "use 'aptitude download package/release' instead".

It will need some thinking about how to address this a bit more

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <manuel.montezelo at gmail.com>

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