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       equivs-build - make a Debian package to register local software


       equivs-build [--full|-f] [--arch=foo|-a=foo] controlfile


       equivs-build is a program that creates Debian packages which can be
       used to inform dpkg about locally installed packages and their
       dependencies. Also empty packages that just require other packages can
       be created with equivs. These can be used as "profile" packages which
       just mark other ones for installation.

       Please note that this is a crude hack and if thoughtlessly used, it
       might possibly do damage to your packaging system. And please note as
       well that using it is not the recommended way of dealing with broken
       dependencies. Better file a bug report instead.

       The control file has a structure like the control files in "real"
       Debian packages, but it doesn’t have to define all keys, as default
       values will be used if you omit one.

       There are several additional fields that can be used:

           File to be used as the changelog

           If you don’t use a local changelog, equivs will create a dummy one.
           As the version of the package is defined in the changelog, equivs
           will assume the version 1.0. With this field, you can set an
           explicit version.

           A file to be used as the README.Debian file. You can use the
           strings @packagename@ and @depends@ to insert the package name and
           the dependency information used.

           The copyright file to by used. If omitted, the GPL 2 will be used.

       Preinst: Postinst: Prerm: Postrm:
           Maintainerscripts executed before/after installation/removal of the
           package. See the Debian developers reference for a description
           (package developers-reference).

           A comma-separated list of files to copy to the
           /usr/share/doc/packagename directory.

           Files to be copied into some directory of the created package.
           Each line contains a source filename and a destination directory,
           space-separated.  As with other multi-line headers, all lines but
           the first must be indented.  Example:

             Files: foo-cron /etc/cron.d/
              foo-cron-helper /usr/local/bin/

           Files to be copied into some directory of the created package,
           specified inline in the source control file. The field syntax is
           the name of the files to be created, followed by lines indented by
           1 space denoting file content; leading space will be trimmed.  An
           octal file mode may be specified after the filename; it defaults to
           644, and will be normalised to 644 or 755.  Example:

             File: /usr/local/bin/true 755
              exit 0

       See /usr/share/doc/equivs/README.Debian for more information.


       --full | -f
           Do a complete build. debuild will be called, that is, a full
           package will be built and signed, suitable for upload to the Debian

           The ID used to signed is taken from, in that order, the user from
           the last entry of a supplied changelog, the Maintainer: field in
           the equivs control file, or the local username.

       --arch | -a
           Build package for the specified architecture. Used e.g. for
           building packages for hurd under linux. equivs-build uses dpkg-
           architecture to provide this facility.


       Distribution is subject to the GNU public licence version 2.


       Martin Bialasinski <>


       equivs-control(1), /usr/share/doc/equivs/README.Debian