Man page of dpkg-gencontrol
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dpkg-gencontrol - generate Debian control files
reads information from an unpacked Debian source tree and generates a
binary package control file (which defaults to debian/tmp/DEBIAN/control);
during this process it will simplify the relation fields.
Pre-Depends, Depends, Recommends and Suggests
are simplified in this
order by removing dependencies which are known to be true according to the
stronger dependencies already parsed. It will also remove any self-dependency
(in fact it will remove any dependency which evaluates to true given the
current version of the package as installed). Logically it keeps the
intersection of multiple dependencies on the same package. The order
of dependencies is preserved as best as possible: if any dependency
must be discarded due to another dependency appearing further
in the field, the superseding dependency will take the place of the
The other relation fields
(Enhances, Conflicts, Breaks, Replaces and Provides)
are also simplified individually by computing the union of the various
dependencies when a package is listed multiple times in the field.
also adds an entry for the binary package to
Sets the version number of the binary package which will be generated.
Set an output substitution variable. See deb-substvars(5) for
discussion of output substitution.
Read substitution variables in
the default is
Override or add an output control file field.
Remove an output control file field.
Specifies the main source control file to read information from. The
Specifies the change log file to read information from. The
Read or write the list of files to be uploaded here, rather than using
Specifies the format of the changelog. By default the format is read
from a special line near the bottom of the changelog or failing that
defaults to the debian standard format.
Generate information for the binary package
If the source control file lists only one binary package then this
option may be omitted; otherwise it is essential to select which
binary package's information to generate.
Assume the filename of the package will be
instead of the normal package_version_arch.deb filename.
- -is, -ip, -isp
These options are ignored for compatibility with older versions of
dpkg-dev but are now deprecated. Previously they were used to tell
dpkg-gencontrol to include the Section and Priority fields in the
control file. This is now the default behaviour. If you want to
get the old behaviour you can use the
option to delete the fields from the control file.
that the package is being built in
This value is used to find the default value of the
substitution variable and control file field (using
and for the default location of the output file.
Print the control file to standard output, rather than to
- -h, --help
Show the usage message and exit.
Show the version and exit.
The main source control information file, giving version-independent
information about the source package and the binary packages it can
The list of generated files which are part of the upload being
adds the presumed filenames of binary packages whose control files it
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Copyright © 2000 Wichert Akkerman
Copyright © 2007-2008 Raphaël Hertzog
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