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dpkg-split(1)                   dpkg utilities                   dpkg-split(1)

       dpkg-split - Debian package archive split/join tool

       dpkg-split -s|--split complete-archive [prefix]
       dpkg-split -j|--join part part ...
       dpkg-split -I|--info part part ...
       dpkg-split -a|--auto -o complete-output part
       dpkg-split -l|--listq
       dpkg-split -d|--discard [package package ...]

       dpkg-split  splits  Debian  binary package files into smaller parts and
       reassembles them again, to support the storage of large  package  files
       on small media such as floppy disks.

       It  can  be  operated  manually  using  the  --split, --join and --info

       It also has an automatic mode, invoked using the --auto  option,  where
       it maintains a queue of parts seen but not yet reassembled and reassem-
       bles a package file when it has seen all of its parts.  The --listq and
       --discard options allow the management of the queue.

       All splitting, joining and queueing operations produce informative mes-
       sages on standard output; these may safely be ignored.

       --split, -s
              Splits a single Debian binary package into several parts.

              The parts are named prefix.NofM.deb where N is the part  number,
              starting at 1, and M is the total number of parts (both in deci-

              If no prefix is supplied then the complete-archive  filename  is
              taken, including directory, with any trailing .deb removed.

       --join, -j
              Joins  the  parts  of  a package file together, reassembling the
              original file as it was before it was split.

              The part files given as arguments  must  be  all  the  parts  of
              exactly  the  same  original  binary file.  Each part must occur
              exactly once in the argument list, though the parts to not  need
              to be listed in order.

              The  parts  must of course all have been generated with the same
              part size specified at split time, which means  that  they  must
              usually have been generated by the same invocation of dpkg-split

              The parts' filenames are  not  significant  for  the  reassembly

              By default the output file is called package-version.deb.

       --info, -I
              Prints  information,  in a human-readable format, about the part
              file(s) specified.  Arguments which are not binary package parts
              produce  a message saying so instead (but still on standard out-

       --auto, -a
              Automatically queue parts and reassemble a package if possible.

              The part specified is examined, and compared with other parts of
              the same package (if any) in the queue of packages file parts.

              If  all  parts  of  the package file of which part is a part are
              available then the package is reassembled and  written  to  com-
              plete-output  (which  should  not  usually already exist, though
              this is not an error).

              If not then the part is copied into the queue and  complete-out-
              put is not created.

              If  part is not a split binary package part then dpkg-split will
              exit with status 1; if some other trouble occurs  then  it  will
              exit with status 2.

              The  --output  or  -o option must be supplied when using --auto.
              (If this were not mandatory the calling program would  not  know
              what output file to expect.)

       --listq, -l
              Lists the contents of the queue of packages to be reassembled.

              For each package file of which parts are in the queue the output
              gives the name of the package, the parts in the queue,  and  the
              total number of bytes stored in the queue.

       --discard, -d
              This  discards  parts  from  the  queue of those waiting for the
              remaining parts of their packages.

              If no package is specified then the queue is cleared completely;
              if  any are specified then only parts of the relevant package(s)
              are deleted.

       --help, -h
              Prints dpkg-split's usage  message,  giving  a  summary  of  its
              options and their uses.

              Prints dpkg-split's version number.

              Prints  information  about  dpkg-split's copyright licensing and
              lack of warranty.  (The American spelling --license is also sup-

       --depotdir directory
              Specifies an alternative directory for the queue of parts await-
              ing automatic reassembly.  The default is /var/lib/dpkg.

       --partsize|-S kbytes
              Specifies the maximum part size  when  splitting,  in  kilobytes
              (1024 bytes).  The default is 450Kb.

       --output|-O complete-output
              Specifies the output file name for a reassembly.

              This  overrides the default for a manual reassembly (--join) and
              is mandatory for an automatic queue-or-reassemble (--auto).

       --npquiet, -Q
              When  doing  automatic  queue-or-reassembly  dpkg-split  usually
              prints  a  message  if  it  is given a part that is not a binary
              package part.  This option suppresses  this  message,  to  allow
              programs  such as dpkg to cope with both split and unsplit pack-
              ages without producing spurious messages.

              Forces the output filenames generated by --split  to  be  msdos-

              This  mangles  the  prefix - either the default derived from the
              input filename or the one supplied as an argument: alphanumerics
              are  lowercased,  plus  signs  are replaced by x's and all other
              characters are discarded.

              The result is then truncated as much as is necessary, and  file-
              names of the form prefixNofM.deb are generated.

       An exit status of 0 indicates that the requested split, merge, or other
       command succeeded.  --info commands count as  successful  even  if  the
       files are not binary package parts.

       An exit status of 1 occurs only with --auto and indicates that the part
       file was not a binary package part.

       An exit status of 2 indicates some kind of trouble, such  as  a  system
       call  failure, a file that looked like a package part file but was cor-
       rupted, a usage error or some other problem.

       dpkg-split uses some rather out-of-date conventions for the  the  file-
       names of Debian packages.

       Full details of the packages in the queue are impossible to get without
       digging into the queue directory yourself.

       There is no easy way to test whether a file that may be a binary  pack-
       age part is one.

       The  architecture is not represented in the part files' header, only in
       the control information of the contained binary package file, and it is
       not present in the filenames generated.

              The  default  queue  directory for part files awaiting automatic

              The filenames used in this directory are in a format internal to
              dpkg-split  and are unlikely to be useful to other programs, and
              in any case the filename format should not be relied upon.

       deb(5), deb-control(5), dpkg-deb(1), dpkg(8)

       dpkg-split and this manpage were written  by  Ian  Jackson.   They  are
       Copyright  (C) 1995-1996 by him and released under the GNU General Pub-
       lic Licence; there is NO WARRANTY.  See  /usr/share/dpkg/copyright  and
       /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL for details.

Debian Project                  23rd June 1996                   dpkg-split(1)