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dpkg-scansources(1) dpkg utilities dpkg-scansources(1)
dpkg-scansources - create Sources index files
dpkg-scansources [options] binary-dir [override-file [path-prefix]] > Sources
dpkg-scansources scans the given binary-dir for .dsc files. These are used to create a
Debian source index, which is output to stdout.
The override-file, if given, is used to set priorities in the resulting index records and
to override the maintainer field given in the .dsc files. The file can be compressed. See
deb-override(5) for the format of this file. NB: Since the override file is indexed by
binary, not source, packages, there's a bit of a problem here. The current implementation
uses the highest priority of all the binary packages produced by a .dsc file for the pri-
ority of the source package, and the override entry for the first binary package listed in
the .dsc file to modify maintainer information. This might change.
The path-prefix, if given, is prepended to the directory field in the generated source
index. You generally use this to make the directory fields contain the path from the top
of the Debian archive hierarchy.
Note: If you want to access the generated Sources file with apt(8) you will probably need
to compress the file with gzip(1) (generating a Sources.gz file). apt ignores uncompressed
Sources files except on local access (i.e. file:// sources).
Don't sort the index records. Normally they are sorted by source package name.
-e, --extra-override file
Scan file to find supplementary overrides (the file can be compressed). See
deb-extra-override(5) for more information on its format.
-s, --source-override file
Use file as the source override file (the file can be compressed). The default
is the name of the override file you specified with .src appended.
The source override file is in a different format from the binary override
file. It contains only two whitespace separated fields, the first is the source
package name and the second is the section. Blank lines and comment lines are
ignored in the normal manner. If a package appears in both files the source
override takes precedence for setting the section.
Turn debugging on.
Show the usage message and exit.
Show the version and exit.
deb-override(5), deb-extra-override(5), dpkg-scanpackages(1).
Roderick Schertler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Debian Project 2009-10-01 dpkg-scansources(1)
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