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ben - transition tracker manager



ben [-h|-help|--help]


The ben(1) command is a set of utilities written in OCaml. It provides a full featured
transition tracker to follow the evolution of a set of packages in the Debian’s archive.
All frontends share a common list of options described below.


Dry run

Quiet mode

Verbose mode

--mirror uri
Package mirror to use

--mirror-binaries uri
Package mirror to use for binaries

--mirror-sources uri
Package mirror to use for sources

--areas a,...
Areas to consider (comma separated)

--archs a,...
Architectures to consider (comma separated)

--suite a

--cache-dir d
Path to cache dir

--cache-file|-C f
Specify the name of the cache file

Use cache whenever possible

--config|-c c
Config file

--more-binary-keys l
Comma separated list of further relevant binary keys

--more-source-keys l
Comma separated list of further relevant source keys

--preferred-compression-format f
Preferred compression format (Default: Gzip)


has no command-line options, except the shared ones. It downloads all Sources.gz files
and all Packages.gz files for selected architectures and areas.

This utility is pretty much like grep-dctrl(1). Given a list of Packages or Sources
files, it performs a query and outputs the result.

The frontend monitor builds a monitor page for a transition that is described by few
criteria (the list of affected packages, a description of good package and the
description of a broken package).

This frontend uses the monitor to generate a summary page about all known transitions.
An example of such summary can be found at http://release.debian.org/transitions/.

For more information about ben’s frontends, please refer to the reference manual.

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