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dpkg-scansources(1)             dpkg utilities             dpkg-scansources(1)

       dpkg-scansources - create Sources index files

       dpkg-scansources  [options]  binary-dir [override-file [path-prefix]] >>

       dpkg-scansources scans the given binary-dir for .dsc files.  These  are
       used to create a Debian source index, which is output to stdout.

       The override-file, if given, is used to set priorities in the resulting
       index records and to override the maintainer field given  in  the  .dsc
       files. See dpkg-scanpackages(1) for the format of this file. NB:  Since
       the override file is indexed by binary, not source, packages, there's a
       bit of a problem here. The current implementation uses the highest pri-
       ority of all the binary packages produced by a .dsc file for the prior-
       ity  of the source package, and the override entry for the first binary
       package listed in the .dsc file to modify maintainer information.  This
       might change.

       The  path-prefix,  if given, is prepended to the directory field in the
       generated source index. You generally use this to  make  the  directory
       fields contain the path from the top of the Debian archive hierarchy.

       Note:  If you want to access the generated Sources file with apt(8) you
       will probably need to compress the  file  with  gzip(1)  (generating  a
       Sources.gz  file).  apt  ignores  uncompressed  Sources files except on
       local access (i.e.  file:// sources).

       -n, --no-sort
           Don't sort the index records. Normally they are  sorted  by  source
           package name.

       -s, --source-override file
           Use  file  as  the source override file. The default is the name of
           the override file you specified with .src appended.

           The source override file is in a different format from  the  binary
           override  file.  It  contains only two whitespace separated fields,
           the first is the source package name and the second is the section.
           Blank  lines and comment lines are ignored in the normal manner. If
           a package appears in both files the source  override  takes  prece-
           dence for setting the section.

           Turn debugging on.

           Show the usage message and exit.

           Show the version and exit.

       deb-override(5), dpkg-scanpackages(1).

       Roderick Schertler <roderickATargon.org>

Debian Project                    2007-06-12               dpkg-scansources(1)