Counting Debian source packages
Following to Kushal’s post about counting total number of Debian packages, he concluded that sid currently has more than 30,000 binary packages (free, contrib & non-free).
IMHO it is more relevant to count source packages. I couldn’t find any existing way of doing it, I have hence written a short bash script.
Script updated thanks to Thomas’ advice – now checking source packages directly from the mirror’s Sources.gz file
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#!/bin/sh if [ $# -lt 1 ]; then echo "Please add at least one distribution as argument" echo "Exiting" exit 1 fi for arg in $* do echo "Number of source packages in $arg: " for dist in main contrib non-free; do echo -n " $dist: " wget -q -O - ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/$arg/$dist/source/Sources.gz | zgrep -c '^Package: ' done done
The results as of today:
Number of source packages in etch: main: 10221 contrib: 126 non-free: 211 Number of source packages in lenny: main: 12176 contrib: 180 non-free: 241 Number of source packages in sid: main: 13032 contrib: 158 non-free: 275
Which means we are quite far from the 18,733+ available packages, proudly announced on Debian homepage.
Update: I had misread the figure advertised on Debian homepage which is a count of the binary packages available (which is currently much higher that what is stated there)