[Gllug] What are db_set, db_input and db_go?

john at sinodun.org.uk john at sinodun.org.uk
Sat Feb 7 12:00:25 UTC 2004

> On Sat, Feb 07, 2004 at 08:42:49AM -0000, john wrote:
>> Debian Sarge includes a package called popularity_contest which tries
>> to gather stats on which Debian packages are most used.
>> Unfortunately, it doesn't have its dependencies set right.  It tries
>> to invoke three commands - db_set, db_input and db_go - which don't
>> currently exist on my system.  An apt-cache search doesn't throw them
>> up.  Does anyone know which Debian package they form a part of?
> They look like debhelper or debconf functions to me.  Looking at the
> dependencies for popularity-contest, I'd say debconf.

As I said, the dependencies for popularity-contest would appear to be
broken because it installs without requiring the package which provides
these tools, and it depends on them in order to work.
> Check that you
> have the full package, there, and not debconf-minimal.

Thanks for the response.  No - they're not in either of those packages.

debhelper includes some commands beginning dh_ so I tried debbugs in case
that used the same rule and provided commands beginning db_ - no luck.
It seems to be easy to discover which package provided a command once it's
there; is there a way (other than apt-cache search) to find which package
*would* provide a utility that isn't currently there?

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