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dpkg-gencontrol(1)              dpkg utilities              dpkg-gencontrol(1)

       dpkg-gencontrol - generate Debian control files

       dpkg-gencontrol [options]

       dpkg-gencontrol  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 fields.

       Thus Pre-Depends, Depends, Recommends and Suggests  are  simplified  in
       this  order by removing dependencies which are known to be true accord-
       ing to the stronger dependencies already parsed. It  will  also  remove
       any self-dependency (in fact it will remove any dependency which evalu-
       ates 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  possi-
       ble:  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 one.

       The  other  relation  fields (Enhances, Conflicts, Breaks, Replaces and
       Provides) are also simplified individually by computing  the  union  of
       the various dependencies when a package is listed multiple times in the

       dpkg-gencontrol  also  adds  an  entry  for  the  binary   package   to

              Sets the version number of the binary package which will be gen-

              Set an output substitution variable.  See  deb-substvars(5)  for
              discussion of output substitution.

              Read  substitution  variables  in  substvarsfile; the default is

              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  change  log  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. By default the format is
              read from a special line near the bottom  of  the  changelog  or
              failing that defaults to the debian standard format.

              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 dpkg-dev 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-
              builddir  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.

       -O     Print the control  file  to  standard  output,  rather  than  to
              debian/tmp/DEBIAN/control  (or packagebuilddir/DEBIAN/control if
              -P was used).

       -h, --help
              Show the usage message and exit.

              Show the version and exit.

              The main source control information file,  giving  version-inde-
              pendent  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.

       Copyright (C) 1995-1996 Ian Jackson
       Copyright (C) 2000 Wichert Akkerman
       Copyright (C) 2007-2008 Raphal Hertzog

       This is free software; see the GNU General Public Licence version 2  or
       later for copying conditions. There is NO WARRANTY.

Debian Project                    2008-03-02                dpkg-gencontrol(1)