devscripts.conf - configuration file for the devscripts package
The devscripts package provides a collection of scripts which may be of
use to Debian developers and others wishing to build Debian packages.
Many of these have options which can be configured on a system-wide and
Every script in the devscripts package which makes use of values from
these configuration files describes the specific settings recognised in
its own manpage. (For a list of the scripts, either see
/usr/share/doc/devscripts/README.gz or look at the output of dpkg -L
devscripts | grep /usr/bin.)
The two configuration files are /etc/devscripts.conf for system-wide
defaults and ~/.devscripts for per-user settings. They are written
with bash(1) syntax, but should only have comments and simple variable
assignments in them; they are both sourced (if present) by many of the
devscripts scripts. Variables corresponding to simple switches should
have one of the values yes and no; any other setting is regarded as
equivalent to the default setting.
All variable names are written in uppercase, and begin with the script
name. Package-wide variables begin with "DEVSCRIPTS", and are listed
below, as well as in the relevant manpages.
For a list of all of the available options variables, along with their
default settings, see the example configuration file
/usr/share/doc/devscripts/devscripts.conf.ex. This is copied to
/etc/devscripts.conf when the devscripts package is first installed.
Information about configuration options introduced in newer versions of
the package will be appended to /etc/devscripts.conf when the package
Every script which reads the configuration files can be forced to
ignore them by using --no-conf as the first command-line option.
The currently recognised package-wide variables are:
These control scripts which change directory to find a
debian/changelog file or suchlike, and some other miscellaneous
cases. In order to prevent unwanted, even possibly dangerous,
behaviour, these variables control when actions will be
performed. The scripts which currently make use of these
variables are: debc, debchange/dch, debclean, debi, debrelease,
debuild and uscan, but this list may change with time (and I may
not remember to update this manpage). Please see the manpages
of individual scripts for details of the specific behaviour for
devscripts(1) and /usr/share/doc/devscripts/README.gz.
This manpage was written for the devscripts package by the package
maintainer Julian Gilbey <email@example.com>.