# debget - Fetch a .deb for a package in APT's database
# Copyright (C) 2001,2002 Matt Zimmerman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option)
# any later version.
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
# GNU General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
# along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
# Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA
# 02111-1307, USA.
# Set the locale so we can control apt-get errors properly
echo "Usage: `basename $0` [--help] package"
if [ $# -eq 0 ] ; then
case $1 in
"-h") usage; exit 0;;
"--help") usage; exit 0;;
-*) echo "Unknown option $1"; usage; exit 1;;
# First check if apt-get is sane enough before proceeding
if ! ls /var/lib/apt/lists/ |grep Release >/dev/null; then
echo "ERROR: Your apt lists are empty. Update your package database"
echo "using 'apt update'"
for pkgspec in $*; do
apt-get download "$pkgspec"
if [ $? -ne 0 ] ; then
echo "If you believe the package exists then consider updating your"
echo "package database using 'apt update'."