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       debcommit - commit changes to a package


       debcommit [--release] [--release-use-changelog] [--message=text]
       [--noact] [--diff] [--confirm] [--edit] [--changelog=path] [--all |
       files to commit]


       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.

       -r --release
           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

       -R --release-use-changelog
           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.

       -n --noact
           Do not actually do anything, but do print the commands that would
           be run.

       -d --diff
           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).

       -C --confirm
           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.

       -e --edit
           Edit the generated commit message in your favorite editor before
           committing it.

       -a --all
           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 "[*+-] ".

       --sign-tags, --no-sign-tags
           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.


       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 used.

           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 <>, 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 <>