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dpkg-split(1)			  dpkg suite			 dpkg-split(1)

       dpkg-split - Debian package archive split/join tool

       dpkg-split [option...] command

       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
       reassembles 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
       messages	on standard output; these may safely be	ignored.

       -s, --split complete-archive [prefix]
	      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

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

       -j, --join part...
	      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_arch.deb.

       -I, --info part...
	      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

       -a, --auto -o complete-output part
	      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
	      complete-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-
	      output 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.)

       -l, --listq
	      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.

       -d, --discard [package...]
	      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
	      Show the usage message and exit.

	      Show the version and exit.

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

       -S, --partsize kibibytes
	      Specifies	 the  maximum  part  size when splitting, in kibibytes
	      (1024 bytes). The	default	is 450 KiB.

       -o, --output 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).

       -Q, --npquiet
	      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
	      packages 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
	      filenames	of the form prefixNofM.deb are generated.

       0      The requested split, merge, or other command succeeded.	--info
	      commands	count  as  successful even if the files	are not	binary
	      package parts.

       1      Only occurs with --auto and indicates that the part file was not
	      a	binary package part.

       2      Fatal  or	unrecoverable error due	to invalid command-line	usage,
	      a	file that looked like a	package	part file but  was  corrupted,
	      or  interactions	with  the  system,  such  as  accesses	to the
	      database,	memory allocations, etc.

	      Sets the color mode (since dpkg 1.18.5).	The currently accepted
	      values are: auto (default), always and never.

	      If  set,	it will	be used	as the timestamp (as seconds since the
	      epoch) in	the deb-split(5)'s ar(5) container.

	      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.

       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
       package part is one.

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

1.19.7				  2019-06-03			 dpkg-split(1)


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