dpkg-gencontrol - generate Debian control files
reads information from an unpacked Debian source tree and
generates a binary package control file (which defaults to
debian/tmp/DEBIAN/control); during this process it will simplify the relation
are simplified in this order by removing dependencies which are known to be
true according to the stronger dependencies already parsed. It will also
remove any self-dependency (in fact it will remove any dependency which
evaluates to true given the current version of the package as installed).
Logically it keeps the intersection of multiple dependencies on the same
package. The order of dependencies is preserved as best as possible: if any
dependency must be discarded due to another dependency appearing further in
the field, the superseding dependency will take the place of the discarded
The other relation fields (Enhances
) are also simplified individually by
computing the union of the various dependencies when a package is listed
multiple times in the field.
also adds an entry for the binary package to
- Sets the version number of the binary package which will be
- Set an output substitution variable. See
deb-substvars(5) for discussion of output substitution.
- Read substitution variables in substvars-file; the
default is debian/substvars. This option can be used multiple times
to read substitution variables from multiple files (since dpkg
- Override or add an output control file field.
- Remove an output control file field.
- Specifies the main source control file to read information
from. The default is debian/control.
- Specifies the changelog file to read information from. The
default is debian/changelog.
- Read or write the list of files to be uploaded here, rather
than using debian/files.
- Specifies the format of the changelog. See
dpkg-parsechangelog(1) for information about alternative
- Generate information for the binary package package.
If the source control file lists only one binary package then this option
may be omitted; otherwise it is essential to select which binary package's
information to generate.
- Assume the filename of the package will be filename
instead of the normal package_version_arch.deb filename.
- -is, -ip, -isp
- These options are ignored for compatibility with older
versions of the dpkg build scripts but are now deprecated. Previously they
were used to tell dpkg-gencontrol to include the Section and
Priority fields in the control file. This is now the default behaviour. If
you want to get the old behaviour you can use the -U option to
delete the fields from the control file.
- Tells dpkg-source that the package is being built in
package-build-dir instead of debian/tmp. This value is used
to find the default value of the Installed-Size substitution
variable and control file field (using du), and for the default
location of the output file.
- Print the control file to standard output (or
filename if specified, since dpkg 1.17.2), rather than to
package-build-dir/DEBIAN/control if -P was
- -?, --help
- Show the usage message and exit.
- Show the version and exit.
- The main source control information file, giving
version-independent information about the source package and the binary
packages it can produce.
- The list of generated files which are part of the upload
being prepared. dpkg-gencontrol adds the presumed filenames of
binary packages whose control files it generates here.