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       debrelease - a wrapper around dupload or dput


       debrelease [debrelease options] [dupload/dput options]


       debrelease  is  a  simple wrapper around dupload or dput.  It is called
       from within the source code tree of a  package,  and  figures  out  the
       current  version  of  a  package.   It then looks for the corresponding
       .changes file (which lists the files  needed  to  upload  in  order  to
       release  the  package)  in the parent directory of the source code tree
       and calls dupload or dput with the .changes file as parameter in  order
       to perform the actual uploading.

       Options  may  be given to debrelease; except for the ones listed below,
       they are passed on  unchanged  to  dupload  or  dput.   The  devscripts
       configuration files are also read by debrelease as described below.

Directory name checking

       In  common  with  several  other  scripts  in  the  devscripts package,
       debrelease  will  climb  the  directory   tree   until   it   finds   a
       debian/changelog  file.   As  a  safeguard  against stray files causing
       potential problems, it will examine the name of  the  parent  directory
       once  it  finds the debian/changelog file, and check that the directory
       name corresponds to the package name.  Precisely how it  does  this  is
       controlled      by      two      configuration      file      variables
       their  corresponding  command-line  options  --check-dirname-level  and

       DEVSCRIPTS_CHECK_DIRNAME_LEVEL can take the following values:

       0      Never check the directory name.

       1      Only check the directory name if we have had to change directory
              in  our  search  for  debian/changelog.   This  is  the  default

       2      Always check the directory name.

       The directory name is checked by testing whether the current  directory
       name  (as  determined  by  pwd(1))  matches  the  regex  given  by  the
       configuration file  option  DEVSCRIPTS_CHECK_DIRNAME_REGEX  or  by  the
       command  line option --check-dirname-regex regex.  Here regex is a Perl
       regex (see perlre(3perl)), which will be anchored at the beginning  and
       the  end.   If  regex  contains  a  '/',  then  it  must match the full
       directory path.  If not, then it must match the  full  directory  name.
       If  regex  contains  the string 'PACKAGE', this will be replaced by the
       source package name, as determined from  the  changelog.   The  default
       value  for the regex is: 'PACKAGE(-.+)?', thus matching directory names
       such as PACKAGE and PACKAGE-version.


       --dupload, --dput
              This specifies which uploader program to  use;  the  default  is

       -S     If  this  option  is  used,  or the default .changes file is not
              found but a source-only .changes  file  is  present,  then  this
              source-only  .changes  file will be uploaded instead of an arch-
              specific one.

       -adebian-architecture, -tGNU-system-type
              See dpkg-architecture(1) for a  description  of  these  options.
              They affect the search for the .changes file.  They are provided
              to mimic the behaviour of dpkg-buildpackage when determining the
              name  of the .changes file.  If a plain -t is given, it is taken
              to  be  the  dupload  host-specifying  option,   and   therefore
              signifies the end of the debrelease-specific options.

              Multiarch  changes  mode:  This signifies that debrelease should
              use   the   most   recent   file   with   the    name    pattern
              package_version_*+*.changes  as  the  changes file, allowing for
              the changes files produced by dpkg-cross.

       --debs-dir DIR
              Look for the .changes and .deb files in directory DIR instead of
              the  parent  of  the source directory.  This should either be an
              absolute path or relative to the top of the source directory.

       --check-dirname-level N
              See  the  above  section  "Directory  name  checking"   for   an
              explanation of this option.

       --check-dirname-regex regex
              See   the   above  section  "Directory  name  checking"  for  an
              explanation of this option.

       --no-conf, --noconf
              Do not read any configuration files.  This can only be  used  as
              the first option given on the command-line.

       --help, -h
              Display a help message and exit successfully.

              Display version and copyright information and exit successfully.


       The two configuration files /etc/devscripts.conf and ~/.devscripts  are
       sourced  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:

              The currently recognised values are dupload  and  dput,  and  it
              specifies which uploader program should be used.  It corresponds
              to the --dupload and --dput command line options.

              This specifies the directory in which to look for  the  .changes
              and  .deb  files,  and is either an absolute path or relative to
              the top of the source tree.  This corresponds to the  --debs-dir
              command line option.  This directive could be used, for example,
              if you always use pbuilder or  svn-buildpackage  to  build  your
              packages.  Note that it also affects debc(1) and debi(1).

              See   the   above  section  "Directory  name  checking"  for  an
              explanation of these variables.  Note that  these  are  package-
              wide  configuration  variables,  and  will  therefore affect all
              devscripts scripts which check  their  value,  as  described  in
              their respective manpages and in devscripts.conf(5).


       dupload(1), dput(1) and devscripts.conf(5).


       Julian Gilbey <>, based on the original release script by
       Christoph Lameter <>.