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     germinate-update-metapackage - update a set of metapackages generated
     from seeds


     germinate-update-metapackage [--bzr] [--output-directory dir] [dist]


     germinate-update-metapackage assists with the construction and update of
     “metapackages” (packages consisting solely of a list of dependencies)
     from a list of seed packages.  It updates binary package stanzas in
     debian/control to reflect the current contents of the seeds, and updates
     debian/changelog with a description of the changes it made.

     germinate-update-metapackage requires a configuration file, called
     update.cfg, in the current directory.  The format is described below.

     If a non-option argument is given, it specifies the distribution for
     which metapackages should be generated (e.g. “unstable”).


           Don’t modify debian/changelog.

           Check out seeds from the bzr branch defined in the configuration
           file rather than fetching them directly from the URL defined there.
           Requires bzr to be installed.

     -o, --output-directory dir
           Output the package lists in the specified directory.


     update.cfg uses Python’s ConfigParser configuration file syntax,
     supporting interpolation as defined by SafeConfigParser.  It should have
     a DEFAULT section with a dist key indicating the default distribution,
     and a dist section (corresponding to that distribution).  It may also
     have a dist/bzr section which can override the seed_base and seed_dist
     values from the dist section if the --bzr option is given.  The following
     keys are recognised in distribution sections:

     seeds (mandatory)
           Pass these seeds to the germinator for processing.

     output_seeds (optional, deprecated)
           Generate metapackages for these seeds.  If not specified, the value
           of seeds is used.  This option is usually no longer necessary now
           that the value of seeds is automatically expanded for seed

     architectures (mandatory)
           Generate metapackages for these architectures.

     archive_base/default (optional)
           Use this URL as the default base for fetching package indices from
           the archive; for examples of valid URLs, see deb lines in
           /etc/apt/sources.list, or the MIRROR argument to debootstrap(8).

     archive_base/arch (optional)
           Use this URL as the base for fetching package indices from the
           archive for the specified architecture.  For each architecture
           being processed, at least one of archive_base/default and
           archive_base/arch must be present.  To try multiple URLs, separate
           them with commas or spaces; the newest version of each package
           across all archives will win.  Note that debootstrap(8) will only
           use the first archive.

     seed_base (mandatory)
           The base URL for fetching seeds.  To try multiple URLs (for example
           if a seed branch includes another branch stored at a different
           location), separate them with commas or spaces.

     seed_dist (optional)
           The tail of the URL for fetching seeds.  This will be appended to
           seed_base.  You will often want to interpolate the value of dist
           into this value using ConfigParser’s %(dist)s syntax.  If not
           specified, the value of dist is used.

     components (mandatory)
           The archive components from which to fetch package indices.

     seed_map/seed (optional, deprecated)
           The seeds to be used as input for the metapackage corresponding to
           seed.  If specified, this will typically be the list of seeds from
           which seed inherits, plus seed itself.  This option is usually no
           longer necessary; use a Task-Seeds header in the seed file instead.

     metapackage_map/seed (optional, deprecated)
           The metapackage name to output for seed.  If not specified,
           germinate-update-metapackage will look for the name of the source
           package in which it is being run, remove "meta" from the end, and
           append the seed name.  This option is usually no longer necessary;
           use a Task-Metapackage header in the seed file instead.


     At the time of writing, the following configuration file is used to
     generate the kubuntu-meta source package in the Ubuntu archive:

           dist: lucid

           seeds: desktop netbook
           architectures: i386 amd64 powerpc ia64 sparc lpia armel
           seed_dist: kubuntu.%(dist)s
           archive_base/ia64: %(archive_base/ports)s
           archive_base/lpia: %(archive_base/ports)s
           archive_base/powerpc: %(archive_base/ports)s
           archive_base/sparc: %(archive_base/ports)s
           archive_base/armel: %(archive_base/ports)s
           components: main restricted

           seed_base: bzr+ssh://
           seed_dist: kubuntu.%(dist)s


     Gustavo Franco 〈〉
     Colin Watson 〈cjwatson@canonical.comgerminate-update-metapackage is copyright © 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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