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apt-cdrom - APT CDROM management utility
apt-cdrom [-hvrmfan] [-d=cdrom mount point] [-o=config string]
[-c=file] [add | ident]
apt-cdrom is used to add a new CDROM to APTs list of available sources.
apt-cdrom takes care of determining the structure of the disc as well
as correcting for several possible mis-burns and verifying the index
It is necessary to use apt-cdrom to add CDs to the APT system, it can‐
not be done by hand. Furthermore each disk in a multi-cd set must be
inserted and scanned separately to account for possible mis-burns.
Unless the -h, or --help option is given one of the commands below must
- add is used to add a new disc to the source list. It will un‐
mount the CDROM device, prompt for a disk to be inserted and
then procceed to scan it and copy the index files. If the disc
does not have a proper disk directory you will be prompted for a
APT uses a CDROM ID to track which disc is currently in the
drive and maintains a database of these IDs in
ident A debugging tool to report the identity of the current disc as
well as the stored file name
All command line options may be set using the configuration file, the
descriptions indicate the configuration option to set. For boolean op‐
tions you can override the config file by using something like
-f-,--no-f, -f=no or several other variations.
- -d, --cdrom
Mount point; specify the location to mount the cdrom. This mount
point must be listed in /etc/fstab and properly configured. Con‐
figuration Item: Acquire::cdrom::mount.
- -r, --rename
Rename a disc; change the label of a disk or override the disks
given label. This option will cause apt-cdrom to prompt for a
new label. Configuration Item: APT::CDROM::Rename.
- -m, --no-mount
No mounting; prevent apt-cdrom from mounting and unmounting the
mount point. Configuration Item: APT::CDROM::NoMount.
- -f, --fast
Fast Copy; Assume the package files are valid and do not check
every package. This option should be used only if apt-cdrom has
been run on this disc before and did not detect any errors. Con‐
figuration Item: APT::CDROM::Fast.
- -a, --thorough
Thorough Package Scan; This option may be needed with some old
Debian 1.1/1.2 discs that have Package files in strange places.
It takes much longer to scan the CD but will pick them all up.
- -n, --just-print, --recon, --no-act
No Changes; Do not change the sources.list(5)
file and do not
write index files. Everything is still checked however. Configu‐
ration Item: APT::CDROM::NoAct.
- -h, --help
Show a short usage summary.
- -v, --version
Show the program version.
- -c, --config-file
Configuration File; Specify a configuration file to use. The
program will read the default configuration file and then this
configuration file. See apt.conf(5)
for syntax information.
- -o, --option
Set a Configuration Option; This will set an arbitary configura‐
tion option. The syntax is -o Foo::Bar=bar.
apt-cdrom returns zero on normal operation, decimal 100 on error.
APT bug page: http://bugs.debian.org/src:apt. If you wish to report a
bug in APT, please see /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-reporting.txt or the
Jason Gunthorpe, APT team.
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