dpkg-gencontrol - generate Debian control files
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
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
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).
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
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