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regarding apt-file: non-existent apt-file cache path
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Package: apt-file
Version: 3.0
Severity: important

Following the documentaiton I have configured apt-file to run the old
way, i.e. only update its database on explicit request.

Post configuration, I ran an apt-file update and saw the following

rrs@learner:/usr/share/doc/apt-file$ sudo apt-file update
Reading package lists... Done
E: List directory /var/lib/apt-file/lists/partial is missing. - Acquire
(2: No such file or directory)
2016-07-22 / 22:33:47 ♒♒♒  ☹  => 100  

Manually creating the path fixes the problem.

rrs@learner:/usr/share/doc/apt-file$ sudo mkdir -p 
2016-07-22 / 22:35:05 ♒♒♒  ☺  
rrs@learner:/usr/share/doc/apt-file$ sudo apt-file update
Ign:1 stable InRelease
Get:2 testing InRelease [251 kB]                   
Get:3 stable Release [2,141 B]        
Get:4 stable Release.gpg [916 B]      
Get:6 unstable-debug InRelease 
[82.0 kB]                                                                       
Get:8 testing/updates InRelease [68.2 kB]            
Get:10 unstable-debug/main amd64 
Contents (deb) [271 B]                                                          
Get:11 unstable-debug/main i386 
Contents (deb) [271 B]                                
Get:12 unstable-debug/contrib 
amd64 Contents (deb) [271 B]                                        
Get:13 unstable-debug/contrib i386 
Contents (deb) [271 B]           
Get:14 unstable-debug/non-free 
amd64 Contents (deb) [271 B]                        

-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable-debug'), (500, 'unstable'), 
(101, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.6.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_IN.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_IN.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages apt-file depends on:
ii  apt                      1.3~pre2
ii  libapt-pkg-perl          0.1.29+b5
ii  liblist-moreutils-perl   0.416-1
ii  libregexp-assemble-perl  0.36-1
ii  perl                     5.22.2-2

apt-file recommends no packages.

apt-file suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

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Source: apt-file
Source-Version: 3.1

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
apt-file, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive.

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Niels Thykier <> (supplier of updated apt-file package)

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Format: 1.8
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:59:50 +0000
Source: apt-file
Binary: apt-file
Architecture: source
Version: 3.1
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: medium
Maintainer: APT Development Team <>
Changed-By: Niels Thykier <>
 apt-file   - search for files within Debian packages (command-line interface)
Closes: 820560 821016 825293 825883 832131
 apt-file (3.1) unstable; urgency=medium
   * Move apt-file under the APT packaging team.
   * apt-file: Fix bug in handling patterns starting with "-".
     Thanks to Paul Wise for reporting the issue.
     (Closes: #821016)
   * apt-file: Fix bug where package listing did not work if the
     Contents files did not include sections.  Thanks to
     "Unit 193" for the report.  (Closes: #820560)
   * Correct path to the "partial" directory.
     Thanks to Ritesh Raj Sarraf for the report.  (Closes: #832131)
   * apt-file, 50apt-file.conf: Support fetching of Contents files
     in legacy locations (as used by Ubuntu) by default.  This
     requires apt 1.3.
   * apt-file: Support setting a default value for -I/--index-names
     in the apt config file.  Thanks to Cyril Brulebois for the
     suggestion (part of #825293)
   * apt-file: Accept "ALL" as a special index name for -I.  When
     given, apt-file will search all of its indices.  Thanks to
     Cyril Brulebois for the suggestion (part of #825293).
   * debian/NEWS: Clarify that the indices for source packages and
     udebs are disabled in the apt-file 2 -> 3 transition.  These
     must be manually reabled.  Thanks to Cyril Brulebois for the
     report.  (Closes: #825293)
   * apt-file: Exit with an error if a subprocess exits non-zero
     (except for grep) or is killed by a signal.  Thanks to
     Paul Wise for the suggestion.  (Closes: #825883)
   * Set debhelper compat to "beta-tester" and bump the minimum
     requirements for debhelper to 10.
   * Bump Standards-Versions to 3.9.8 - no changes required.
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