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       dpkg-gencontrol - generate Debian control files


       dpkg-gencontrol [options]


       dpkg-gencontrol  reads  information from an unpacked Debian source tree
       and  generates  a  binary  package  control  file  (which  defaults  to
       debian/tmp/DEBIAN/control);  during  this  process it will simplify the
       relation fields.

       Thus Pre-Depends, Depends, Recommends and Suggests  are  simplified  in
       this  order  by  removing  dependencies  which  are  known  to  be true
       according to the stronger dependencies already  parsed.  It  will  also
       remove any self-dependency (in fact it will remove any dependency which
       evaluates  to  true  given  the  current  version  of  the  package  as
       installed).   Logically   it   keeps   the   intersection  of  multiple
       dependencies  on  the  same  package.  The  order  of  dependencies  is
       preserved  as best as possible: if any dependency must be discarded due
       to another dependency appearing further in the field,  the  superseding
       dependency will take the place of the discarded one.

       The  other  relation  fields (Enhances, Conflicts, Breaks, Replaces and
       Provides) are also simplified individually by computing  the  union  of
       the various dependencies when a package is listed multiple times in the

       dpkg-gencontrol  also  adds  an  entry  for  the  binary   package   to


              Sets  the  version  number  of  the binary package which will be

              Set an output substitution variable.  See  deb-substvars(5)  for
              discussion of output substitution.

              Read  substitution  variables  in  substvarsfile; the default is
              debian/substvars.  This option can be  used  multiple  times  to
              read substitution variables from multiple files.

              Override or add an output control file field.

              Remove an output control file field.

              Specifies the main source control file to read information from.
              The default is debian/control.

              Specifies the change log file  to  read  information  from.  The
              default is debian/changelog.

              Read or write the list of files to be uploaded here, rather than
              using debian/files.

              Specifies the format of the changelog. By default the format  is
              read  from  a  special  line near the bottom of the changelog or
              failing that defaults to the debian standard format.

              Generate information for the binary  package  package.   If  the
              source  control  file  lists  only  one binary package then this
              option may be omitted; otherwise it is essential to select which
              binary package's information to generate.

              Assume  the  filename of the package will be filename instead of
              the normal package_version_arch.deb filename.

       -is, -ip, -isp
              These options are ignored for compatibility with older  versions
              of dpkg-dev but are now deprecated. Previously they were used to
              tell dpkg-gencontrol to include the Section and Priority  fields
              in  the  control file. This is now the default behaviour. If you
              want to get the old behaviour you  can  use  the  -U  option  to
              delete the fields from the control file.

              Tells   dpkg-source   that   the   package  is  being  built  in
              packagebuilddir instead of debian/tmp.  This value  is  used  to
              find  the  default  value  of  the  Installed-Size  substitution
              variable and control file field (using du), and for the  default
              location of the output file.

       -O     Print  the  control  file  to  standard  output,  rather than to
              debian/tmp/DEBIAN/control (or packagebuilddir/DEBIAN/control  if
              -P was used).

       -h, --help
              Show the usage message and exit.

              Show the version and exit.


              The  main  source  control  information  file,  giving  version-
              independent information about the source package and the  binary
              packages it can produce.

              The  list  of generated files which are part of the upload being
              prepared.  dpkg-gencontrol adds the presumed filenames of binary
              packages whose control files it generates here.


       Copyright (C) 1995-1996 Ian Jackson
       Copyright (C) 2000 Wichert Akkerman
       Copyright (C) 2007-2008 Raphael Hertzog

       This  is free software; see the GNU General Public Licence version 2 or
       later for copying conditions. There is NO WARRANTY.