cvsdeb.conf - site-wide configuration file for cvs-buildpackage and
The file /etc/cvsdeb.conf is actually a Bourne Shell snippet included
during the package build process, and hence you may put any shell
directive in that file (just make very sure you know what you are
All the variables have reasonable default values, and some maybe
overridden on a per run or a per individual basis by using environment
variables, and all configurable variables can be overridden by options
to the scripts themselves.
The value of a variable can be set so:
a) Defaults exist in the rules file. These are the values used if no
customization is done.
b) Some variables can be set in the config file /etc/cvsdeb.conf.
These values override the defaults.
c) Some variables can also be set by setting a corresponding
environment variable. These values override the config file and the
d) Using script command line options. All configurable variables may be
set by this method, and will override the other methods above.
Predefined variables for cvs-buildpackage
The following variables are defined for cvs-buildpackage.
package Name of the package
version The raw version of the package
sversion The version number stripped of epochs.
uversion The upstream version.
tversion Debian revision number, if any.
Configuration File options
At the moment, the user modifiable variables supported are:
DEBUG Debugging information: The default value is 0 (no
debugging information is printed). To enable
debugging output, set the value to 1.
conf_forceclean There are two things CVS may choke on: symbolic links
and CVS directories in the source tree. Also, there
are times when one may not want to honour the
upstream .cvsignore files. The conf_forceclean.
configuration variable causes the cvs-inject and cvs-
upgrade programs to ask whether the offending files
should be deleted, if not, the programs exit with an
error message. Without this option, the programs exit
with an error message without asking. This can be
over ridden by the environment variable
conf_rootdir The root directory is used to set the default value
of the cvs-buildpackage work directory, using the
package name. The default value is /usr/src/Packages.
This should probably not be a sub dir of CVSROOT,
since cvs shall refuse to export packages there, and
the script shall fail.
conf_workdir The cvs-buildpackage work directory. This directory
is where the original sources are expected, and this
is where the module shall be exported from CVS. If
you set this value, the value of the root directory
would be ignored. Please note that the cvs-
buildpackage work directory referred to here is the
scratch directory where this program works, not the
directory that the human uses to work in. This
should probably not be a sub dir of CVSROOT, since
cvs shall refuse to export packages there, and the
script shall fail.
conf_dpkg_options This is where one may stash -us -uc or whatever to
pass on to dpkg-buildpackage. This is different from
the other variables in that this is an array
variable. These options shall augment (not replace)
dpkg-buildpackage options provided on the command
Bash provides one-dimensional array variables. Any
variable may be used as an array; the ‘declare’
builtin will explicitly declare an array. There is
no maximum limit on the size of an array, nor any
requirement that members be indexed or assigned
contiguously. Arrays are zero-based.
Arrays are assigned to using compound assignments of
the form conf_dpkg_options=(value1 ... valueN) or
conf_rootcommand This is where one specifies the default command to
gain root access (usually set to fakeroot, sudo or
super ). This is also passed along to
conf_buildpackage Sets the name of the builder program invoked,
nominally set to dpkg-buildpackage. However, the
user may choose to use a different build program, or
a wrapper, or even chroot /opt/root dpkg-
buildpackage to build the package in a chroot jail,
if desired. (Obviously, this requires that the Work
directory to be a subdirectory of a previously set up
chroot jail). One may also hook in pbuilder by
setting this variable to pdebuild --auto-debsign
--buildresult ../. (Again, this requires that
pbuilder has been set up correctly). This option can
be over ridden by the environment variable
conf_packageopts Additional arguments to give to conf_buildpackage
that shall be appended to dpkg-buildpackage options.
Use this variable to append to the list of options.
This option can be over ridden by the environment
conf_forcetag. If this is set, then cvs-buildpackage shall call cvs
tag -F to ensure that all files are re-tagged
If this is set, then this prefix is prepended to the
package name while looking for the repository. In
other word, we append this to CVSROOT while looking
for packages. Use this to group all your Debian
package sources together in a subdirectory in the CVS
If this is set, then cvs-buildpackage will include
the package name and an underscore at the start of
every CVS tag it generates or uses.
conf_cvsmodule This option sets the CVS module for use with
cvs-inject and cvs-upgrade.
This option tells the cvs-inject and cvs-upgrade
commands to incorporate debian changelog entries into
the cvs changelog.
conf_hook_script This option, if set, should point to a script that
should be run just before calling dpkg-buildpackage.
Ideally, things like this are done using the modules
file and programs, but is still provided here for
convenience. This is overridden by the environment
conf_get_orig This option, if set, should contain a command to
execute to get the original tarball into the current
directory. This can then be used to allow one to get
the original file using, for instance, wget or curl.
This is overridden by the CVSDEB_GET_ORIG environment
conf_use_apt If set to YES, cvs-buildpackage will use apt-get
source to retrive the original tarball, if one for
the correct upstream version is found in a Sources
file known to apt. This is overridden by the
CVSDEB_USE_APT environment variable.
At the moment, the user modifiable variables supported are:
CVSDEB_ROOTDIR If defined, this environment variable will override the
value of the root directory set in the configuration
CVSDEB_WORKDIR If defined, this environment variable will override the
value of the cvs-buildpackage work directory set in the
configuration file, and would cause the scripts to
ignore the root directory, irrespective of where that
value was set.
CVSDEB_MODULE If defined, this environment variable will override the
value of the CVS module set in the configuration file.
If defined, this environment variable will make cvs-
inject and cvs-upgrade programs incorporate entries from
the Debian changelog file into the CVS changelog.
If defined, this environment variable will override the
value of the configuration file variable
CVSDEB_HOOK Over rides the configuration file option
Over rides the configuration file option conf_get_orig.
System-wide defaults are placed in /etc/cvsdeb.conf, This can be
overridden and supplemented by ~/.cvsdeb.conf file by each user.
cvs-inject(1), cvs-buildpackage(1), cvs-upgrade(1),
There are no bugs. Any resemblance thereof is delirium. Really.
This manual page was written by Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
for the Debian GNU/Linux system.