germinate-update-metapackage - update a set of metapackages generated
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:
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
Generate metapackages for these architectures.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
seeds: desktop netbook
architectures: i386 amd64 powerpc ia64 sparc lpia armel
components: main restricted
Gustavo Franco 〈firstname.lastname@example.org〉
Colin Watson 〈email@example.com〉
germinate-update-metapackage is copyright © 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Canonical Ltd. and copyright © 2006 Gustavo Franco. See the GNU General
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