debcommit - commit changes to a package
debcommit [--release] [--release-use-changelog] [--message=text] [--noact] [--diff] [--confirm] [--edit] [--changelog=path] [--all | files
debcommit generates a commit message based on new text in debian/changelog, and commits the change to a package's repository. It must be
run in a working copy for the package. Supported version control systems are: cvs, git, hg (mercurial), svk, svn (Subversion), baz, bzr,
tla (arch), darcs.
-c, --changelog path
Specify an alternate location for the changelog. By default debian/changelog is used.
Commit a release of the package. The version number is determined from debian/changelog, and is used to tag the package in the
Note that svn/svk tagging conventions vary, so debcommit uses svnpath(1) to determine where the tag should be placed in the repository.
When used in conjunction with --release, if there are uncommited changes to the changelog then derive the commit message from those
changes rather than using the default message.
-m text, --message text
Specify a commit message to use. Useful if the program cannot determine a commit message on its own based on debian/changelog, or if
you want to override the default message.
Do not actually do anything, but do print the commands that would be run.
Instead of committing, do print the diff of what would have been committed if this option were not given. A typical usage scenario of
this option is the generation of patches against the current working copy (e.g. when you don't have commit access right).
Display the generated commit message and ask for confirmation before committing it. It is also possible to edit the message at this
stage; in this case, the confirmation prompt will be re-displayed after the editing has been performed.
Edit the generated commit message in your favorite editor before committing it.
Commit all files. This is the default operation when using a VCS other than git.
files to commit
Specify which files to commit (debian/changelog is added to the list automatically.)
-s, --strip-message, --no-strip-message
If this option is set and the commit message has been derived from the changelog, the characters "* " will be stripped from the
beginning of the message.
This option is set by default and ignored if more than one line of the message begins with "[*+-] ".
If this option is set, then tags that debcommit creates will be signed using gnupg. Currently this is only supported by git.
The two configuration files /etc/devscripts.conf and ~/.devscripts are sourced by a shell in that order to set configuration variables.
Command line options can be used to override configuration file settings. Environment variable settings are ignored for this purpose. The
currently recognised variables are:
If this is set to no, then it is the same as the --no-strip-message command line parameter being used. The default is yes.
If this is set to yes, then it is the same as the --sign-tags command line parameter being used. The default is no.
If this is set to yes, then it is the same as the --release-use-changelog command line parameter being used. The default is no.
This is the key id used for signing tags. If not set, a default will be chosen by the revision control system.
VCS SPECIFIC FEATURES
tla / baz
If the commit message contains more than 72 characters, a summary will be created containing as many full words from the message as
will fit within 72 characters, followed by an ellipsis.
Each of the features described below is applicable only if the commit message has been automatically determined from the changelog.
git If only a single change is detected in the changelog, debcommit will unfold it to a single line and behave as if --strip-message was
Otherwise, the first change will be unfolded and stripped to form a summary line and a commit message formed using the summary line
followed by a blank line and the changes as extracted from the changelog. debcommit will then spawn an editor so that the message may
be fine-tuned before committing.
hg / darcs
The first change detected in the changelog will be unfolded to form a single line summary. If multiple changes were detected then an
editor will be spawned to allow the message to be fine-tuned.
bzr If the changelog entry used for the commit message closes any bugs then --fixes options to "bzr commit" will be generated to associate
the revision and the bugs.
This code is copyright by Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org>, all rights reserved. This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. You are free
to redistribute this code under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later.
Joey Hess <email@example.com>
Debian Utilities 2013-12-23 DEBCOMMIT(1)