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dpkg-gencontrol(1) dpkg utilities dpkg-gencontrol(1)
dpkg-gencontrol - generate Debian control files
dpkg-gencontrol 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.
Thus Pre-Depends, Depends, Recommends and Suggests are simplified in this order by remov-
ing 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 discarded one.
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.
dpkg-gencontrol also adds an entry for the binary package to debian/files.
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
Read substitution variables in substvarsfile; the default is debian/substvars.
This option can be used multiple times to read substitution variables from multiple
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 default is
Specifies the change log file to read information from. The default is
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 stan-
Generate information for the binary package 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 filename instead of the normal pack-
-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 -U option to delete the fields
from the control file.
Tells dpkg-source that the package is being built in packagebuilddir instead of
debian/tmp. This value is used to find the default value of the Installed-Size
substitution variable and control file field (using du), and for the default loca-
tion of the output file.
-O Print the control file to standard output, rather than to debian/tmp/DEBIAN/control
(or packagebuilddir/DEBIAN/control if -P was used).
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 produce.
The list of generated files which are part of the upload being prepared. dpkg-gen-
control adds the presumed filenames of binary packages whose control files it gen-
Copyright (C) 1995-1996 Ian Jackson
Copyright (C) 2000 Wichert Akkerman
Copyright (C) 2007-2008 Raphael Hertzog
This is free software; see the GNU General Public Licence version 2 or later for copying
conditions. There is NO WARRANTY.
Debian Project 2008-08-18 dpkg-gencontrol(1)
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