Python APT Library¶
Python APT’s library provides access to almost every functionality supported by the underlying apt-pkg and apt-inst libraries. This means that it is possible to rewrite frontend programs like apt-cdrom in Python, and this is relatively easy, as can be seen in e.g. Writing your own apt-cdrom.
When going through the library, the first two modules are
apt_inst. These modules are more or less straight bindings to the
apt-pkg and apt-inst libraries and the base for the rest of python-apt.
Going forward, the
apt package appears. This package is using
apt_inst to provide easy to use ways to manipulate
the cache, fetch packages, or install new packages. It also provides useful
progress classes, currently only for text interfaces. The last package is
aptsources. The aptsources package provides classes and functions to
read files like
/etc/apt/sources.list and to modify them.
apt_pkg— The low-level bindings for apt-pkg
apt_inst- Working with local Debian packages
apt.cache— The Cache class
apt.cdrom- Functionality like in apt-cdrom
apt.debfile— Classes related to debian package files
apt.package— Classes for package handling
apt.progress.base— Abstract classes for progress reporting
apt.progress.text— Progress reporting for text interfaces
aptsources.distinfo— provide meta information for distro repositories
aptsources.distro— Distribution abstraction of the sources.list
aptsources.sourceslist— Provide an abstraction of the sources.list