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       dctrl2xml - Debian control data to XML converter


       dctrl2xml [-f FILE | ]


       dctrl2xml  is  a  tool  that  converts  Debian control data into an XML
       representation. It can be used to convert data which is normally  found
       in debian/control, .changes, .dsc, Packages, Sources, and similar files
       to XML.

       For most fields dctrl2xml just uses the field name as element name  and
       the  field  data  as element content. For other fields, such as package
       interrelationship fields (Depends, Build-Depends, etc.)  or  the  Files
       field in .changes or Sources files, dctrl2xml additionally parses their
       field data to represent it in a more fine-structured form.


       For a full summary of options, run dctrl2xml --help.

              Show dctrl2xml’s version number.

       -h, --help
              Show help about options.

       -f FILE, --file=FILE
              Read Debian control data from  file  FILE  instead  of  standard
              input.  FILE can be either a plain text file or a gzip, bzip2 or
              ZIP file.


       dctrl2xml -f /var/lib/dpkg/available
              Convert the whole dpkg(1) available file to XML and print it  to
              standard output. This is a typical stress test for dctrl2xml.

       apt-cache show hello build-essential | dctrl2xml
              Convert  the  package  records  of the hello and build-essential
              packages to XML and print it to  standard  output.  This  is  an
              example of how dctrl2xml can be used in pipes where it reads the
              control data from standard input.

       apt-cache showsrc hello | dctrl2xml | xmllint --format -
              This is similar to the above example, except that the xmllint(1)
              tool  (which  is in the libxml2-utils Debian package) is used to
              reformat and reindent dctrl2xml’s output to make it  more  human
              readable  and  that  the  source  package  records  of the hello
              package are used.




       Written by Frank S. Thomas <>.

                                22 January 2008                   dctrl2xml(1)