dupload - utility to upload Debian packages
dupload [options] [changes_file | dir] ...
dupload is a tool that enables Debian developers to easily upload their
packages to the Debian archive. At least for chiark the upload
procedure is somewhat error prone (upload to Incoming/, move it to
dupload checks each non-option argument to find readable files or
directories. It parses the files as .changes files, or tries to find
such files in the given directories.
dupload will warn if the name of the file doesn’t end with ".changes".
Further processing is done chdir’ed into the directories of the changes
dupload tests the available checksums and size for each file listed in
the .changes file, and fails if it finds a mismatch. If all this goes
well, dupload checks if there is an .upload file with the basename of
the .changes file. If the file to be uploaded is recorded to have
already been uploaded to the specified host, it is skipped.
dupload will stop and verify if it sees you try to upload a package
with a non-US Section field to a host that is neither
non-us.debian.org, security.debian.org nor has the "nonus" option set
After the list of files to upload is finished, dupload tries to connect
to the server and upload. Each successfully uploaded file is recorded
in the .upload log file.
If all files of a package are processed, the .changes file is mailed to
the announcement address specified in the configuration file. If files
package.announce, package_UPSTREAMVER.announce, or
package_UPSTREAMVER-DEBIANREV.announce exist, these files get
prepended to the announcement. UPSTREAMVER and DEBIANREV are to be
replaced with actual version numbers. For example, if your package is
called foobar, has upstream version 3.14, and Debian revision 2:
If you only want the announcement to be made with only ONE upload, you
name it foobar_3.14-2.announce.
If you want it to be made with every upload of a particular upstream
version, name it foobar_3.14.announce.
If you want it made with every upload of a given package, name it
Please note: Some mail readers (like elm w/ PGP extensions) don’t show
mail contents outside of the signed part of a message.
Login and password
If no login (username) is defined in the configuration file,
"anonymous" is used. The password is derived from your login name and
your hostname, which is common for anonymous FTP logins. For anonymous
logins only, you can provide the "password" in the configuration file.
For logins other than "anonymous", you’re asked for the password. For
security reasons there’s no way to supply it via the commandline or the
FTP / scp / rsync
The default transfer method is FTP. Alternative methods are scp/SSH
and rsync/SSH. For scp and rsync, the default login is taken from your
local user name.
The scp/SSH method only works properly if no password is required (see
ssh(1)). When you use scp, it is recommended to set the "method"
keyword to "scpb", which will transfer all files in a batch.
If you are using an upload queue, use FTP because it’s fast. If you
are using an authenticated host, always use scp or rsync via SSH,
because FTP transmits the password in clear text.
-d --debug [level]
Enable more verbose output from the FTP module.
-f --force Upload regardless of the transfers logged as already
-k --keep Keep going, skipping packages whose checksums don’t match.
Read the file ./dupload.conf (if it exists). Warning: this
is a security risk if you are in a directory where other
people can write. That’s why it is not the default (unlike
the previous versions).
--no Dry run, no files are changed, no upload is attempted, only
tell what we would do.
--nomail Supress announcement for this run. You can send it later by
just calling dupload again w/o this option. Note that this
option is by default implied for all hosts with the
"dinstall_runs" option set to 1.
--mailonly Acts as if --no has been specified and but sends the
--noarchive Adds a "X-No-Archive: yes" header so that the announcement
will not be archived. You can use the per-host "archive"
option in the configuration file.
-p --print Print the "database" as read from the config files and
exit. If a host is specified via option --to, only this
host’s entry is displayed.
-q --quiet Be quiet, i.e. supress normal output.
-t --to nickname optional
Upload to nickname’d host. nickname is the key for doing
lookups in the config file. You can use the "default_host"
configuration option to specify a host without --to.
Prints version and exits.
The configuration files are searched as follows (and read in this
order, overriding each other):
Various Debian package files are used by dupload: .dsc, .changes, .deb,
dupload itself writes the log file package_version-debian.upload, and
the additional announcement files package.announce,
By default, the announcement addresses are unset because dinstall sends
dupload is tested on Debian systems only. It shouldn’t require too much
effort to make it run under others systems, though, it’s written in
Copyright 1996 Heiko Schlittermann, 1999 Stephane Bortzmeyer
dupload is free software; see the GNU General Public Licence version 2
or later for copying conditions. There is no warranty.