tool used to download packages?

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Feb 7 13:01:54 UTC 2007

D. Michael McIntyre wrote:

> On Tuesday 06 February 2007 3:25 pm, Andy Harrison wrote:
>> What tool is used by apt-get and/or dpkg to download packages or
>> perform updates from deb repositories?  Can it be changed to something
>> else?
> OK, you piqued my curiosity.  The answer is to use the source, Luke.
> apt-get source apt-get
> Have a look in the methods/ directory.  For example (this is the version
> in Dapper):

Well, I'll be... I was (not for the first time) wrong.  Interesting.  I'm
still dieing to know why it matters :-)  My curiosity is also piqued (not
to mention how thrilled I am to see someone spell "piqued" correctly on

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