This crate provides bindings to
examples/ folder for some partial implementations of some commands.
While the code in this crate is available under a permissive MIT license, it is useless without
libapt-pkg, which is GPL2+.
libapt-pkg-dev must be installed. The
cc crate is used to try and find a native compiler.
ye-olde-apt feature provides support for
apt <1.2 (Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty), Debian 7 (Jessie) (2015)). This works by just deleting methods which are not available in that version. See #2.
It is intended that the crate should be usable from multiple threads. However, this is generally implemented using singletons, which may be really annoying for your use-case.
The current way the singleton is managed is awful, and it's not been fixed while I've been learning about the problems. A major version bump, and a proper singleton, may resolve some of the issues. This needs to be done eventually.
apt does not have a concurrency model: you may not use threads.
apt 1.4 or 1.5 (in Debian Stretch (2017), but not in Xenial 16.04), some operations are thread safe: it should be possible to initialise the cache twice in parallel. As these versions of
apt are not widespread, the API of this crate does not attempt to expose this.
examples/on-sid has a docker file which builds a minimum Debian image with typical package lists downloaded. You can run a tool in it, from this directory, by:
(cd examples/on-sid && make) docker run -v $(pwd):/mnt sid-sources-list /mnt/target/release/examples/sources