debtags-updatecontrol - Update Debtags information in control files
debtags-updatecontrol compares the tag information contained in
debian/control with the user contributed data in
http://debtags.alioth.debian.org, and imports the changes after manual
In order for debtags-updatecontrol to work, a Tag: header must be
present for every binary package section in the control file that you
want to update yourself.
To add a Tag: header to a package that did not have one, just add an
empty Tag: header and run debtags-updatecontrol to populate it.
The program is interactive and should be self-explanatory. Frequently
asked questions about it are collected in the FAQ section below.
debtags-updatecontrol must be run from the top directory of the
unpacked Debian source package, and uses no arguments.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The Tag: header will be discarded by the archive software: how will the
tags enter the Packages file?
The data from the control file will be collected through the Mole
system (see http://qa.debian.org/data/mole/db), validated through a
syntax checker, filtered of misspelled tags, merged into an override
file which will finally populate the Tag: headers in the Packages file.
This is done so that the control file can be used as an optional way to
manage tags, which can be abandoned at any moment by just deleting the
Tag: header from it. This also catches syntax errors and misspellings
from developers who edit the header by hand, and permits some extra
automated processing in case, for example, a tag gets renamed.
debtags-updatecontrol and this manpage are maintained by