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dpkg-source(1)                  dpkg utilities                  dpkg-source(1)

       dpkg-source - Debian source package (.dsc) manipulation tool

       dpkg-source [options] command

       dpkg-source packs and unpacks Debian source archives.

       None  of these commands allow multiple options to be combined into one,
       and they do not allow the value for an option to be specified in a sep-
       arate argument.

       -x filename.dsc [output-directory]
              Extract  a  source package. One non-option argument must be sup-
              plied, the name of the Debian source control  file  (.dsc).   An
              optional  second  non-option argument may be supplied to specify
              the directory to extract the source package to,  this  must  not
              exist.  If  no output directory is specified, the source package
              is extracted into a directory  named  source-version  under  the
              current working directory.

              dpkg-source  will  read the names of the other file(s) making up
              the source package from the control file; they are assumed to be
              in the same directory as the .dsc.

              The  files  in the extracted package will have their permissions
              and ownerships set to those which would have  been  expected  if
              the  files and directories had simply been created - directories
              and executable files will be 0777 and plain files will be  0666,
              both  modified by the extractors' umask; if the parent directory
              is setgid then the extracted directories will be  too,  and  all
              the files and directories will inherit its group ownership.

              If the source package uses a non-standard format (currently this
              means all formats except "1.0"), its  name  will  be  stored  in
              debian/source/format  so that the following builds of the source
              package use the same format by default.

       -b directory [format-specific-parameters]
              Build a source package. The first non-option argument  is  taken
              as  the  name  of the directory containing the debianized source
              tree (i.e. with a debian sub-directory and maybe changes to  the
              original files).  Depending on the source package format used to
              build the package, additional parameters might be accepted.

              dpkg-source will build the source package with the first  format
              that  works  from this ordered list: the format indicated in the
              Format field of debian/control, the format(s) indicated with the
              --format   command-line   option(s),  the  format  indicated  in
              debian/source/format, "1.0", "3.0 (native)". See  below  for  an
              extensive description of various source package formats.

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

              Show the version and exit.

              Specifies the main source control file to read information from.
              The default is debian/control.  If given with relative  pathname
              this  is  interpreted  starting  at  the source tree's top level

              Specifies the change log file  to  read  information  from.  The
              default  is  debian/changelog.   If given with relative pathname
              this is interpreted starting at  the  source  tree's  top  level

              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.

              Try  first  the given format for building the source package. If
              used multiple times, they are tried in order. It  doesn't  over-
              ride  any  explicit  Format  field in debian/control but it does
              override any format given in debian/source/format.

              Deprecated. Set an output substitution variable.  See deb-subst-
              vars(5) for a discussion of output substitution.

              Deprecated.  Read  substitution  variables in substvarsfile; the
              default is to not read any file.

              Override or add an output control file field.

              Remove an output control file field.

              Specify the compression to use for created files  (tarballs  and
              diffs).   Note that this option will not cause existing tarballs
              to be recompressed, it only affects new files. Supported  values
              are: gzip, bzip2, and lzma.  gzip is the default.

              Compression  level to use. As with -Z it only affects newly cre-
              ated files. Supported values are: 1 to 9, best, and fast.  9  is
              the default.

              You  may  specify  a  perl regular expression to match files you
              want filtered out of the list of files for the diff. (This  list
              is generated by a find command.) (If the source package is being
              built as a version 3 source package using a VCS, this is instead
              used  to  ignore  uncommitted  files.)  -i by itself enables the
              option, with a default that will filter out  control  files  and
              directories  of the most common revision control systems, backup
              and swap files and Libtool build output directories.  There  can
              only  be one active regexp, of multiple -i options only the last
              one will take effect.

              This is very helpful in cutting out extraneous  files  that  get
              included  in  the  diff,  e.g.  if you maintain your source in a
              revision control system and want to use a checkout  to  build  a
              source package without including the additional files and direc-
              tories that it will  usually  contain  (e.g.  CVS/,  .cvsignore,
              .svn/).  The  default  regexp is already very exhaustive, but if
              you need to replace it, please note that by default it can match
              any part of a path, so if you want to match the begin of a file-
              name or only full filenames, you will need to provide the neces-
              sary anchors (e.g. '(^|/)', '($|/)') yourself.

              If  this  option  is  specified,  the  pattern will be passed to
              tar(1)'s --exclude option  when  it  is  called  to  generate  a
              .orig.tar  or  .tar  file. For example, -ICVS will make tar skip
              over CVS directories when generating a .tar.gz file. The  option
              may  be  repeated  multiple  times  to list multiple patterns to

              -I by itself adds default --exclude options that will filter out
              control  files  and directories of the most common revision con-
              trol systems, backup and swap files  and  Libtool  build  output

       Note:  While  they have similar purposes, -i and -I have very different
       syntax and semantics. -i can only be specified once and  takes  a  perl
       compatible  regular  expression which is matched against the full rela-
       tive path of each file. -I can specified multiple  times  and  takes  a
       filename  pattern  with shell wildcards.  The pattern is applied to the
       full relative path but also to each part of the path individually.  The
       exact  semantic  of tar's --exclude option is somewhat complicated, see
       http://www.gnu.org/software/tar/manual/tar.html#wildcards  for  a  full

       The  default  regexp  and  patterns for both options can be seen in the
       output of the --help command.

              Do not copy original tarballs near the extracted source package.

              Do not check signatures and checksums before unpacking.

   Format: 1.0
       A source package in this format consists either of a .orig.tar.gz asso-
       ciated  to  a .diff.gz or a single .tar.gz (in that case the package is
       said to be native).


       Extracting a native package is a simple extraction of the  single  tar-
       ball  in  the target directory. Extracting a non-native package is done
       by first unpacking the .orig.tar.gz and then applying  the  patch  con-
       tained  in  the  .diff.gz  file.  The timestamp of all patched files is
       reset to the extraction time of the source package (this  avoids  time-
       stamp  skews leading to problems when autogenerated files are patched).
       The diff can create new files (the whole debian  directory  is  created
       that way) but can't remove files (empty files will be left over).


       Building  a  native  package is just creating a single tarball with the
       source directory. Building a non-native package involves extracting the
       original  tarball  in a separate ".orig" directory and regenerating the
       .diff.gz by comparing the  source  package  directory  with  the  .orig

       Build options (with -b):

       If  a  second  non-option argument is supplied it should be the name of
       the original source directory or tarfile or the  empty  string  if  the
       package  is a Debian-specific one and so has no Debianisation diffs. If
       no second argument is supplied then dpkg-source will look for the orig-
       inal  source tarfile package_upstream-version.orig.tar.gz or the origi-
       nal source directory directory.orig depending on the -sX arguments.

       -sa, -sp, -sk, -su and -sr will  not  overwrite  existing  tarfiles  or
       directories.  If this is desired then -sA, -sP, -sK, -sU and -sR should
       be used instead.

       -sk    Specifies to expect the original source as a tarfile, by default
              package_upstream-version.orig.tar.extension.  It will leave this
              original source in place as a tarfile, or copy it to the current
              directory  if  it  isn't  already  there.  The  tarball  will be
              unpacked into directory.orig for the generation of the diff.

       -sp    Like -sk but will remove the directory again afterwards.

       -su    Specifies that the original source is expected as  a  directory,
              by  default  package-upstream-version.orig  and dpkg-source will
              create a new original source archive from it.

       -sr    Like -su but will remove that directory after it has been used.

       -ss    Specifies that the original source is available both as a direc-
              tory  and  as  a  tarfile. dpkg-source will use the directory to
              create the diff, but the  tarfile  to  create  the  .dsc.   This
              option  must be used with care - if the directory and tarfile do
              not match a bad source archive will be generated.

       -sn    Specifies to not look for any original source, and to not gener-
              ate a diff.  The second argument, if supplied, must be the empty
              string. This is used for Debian-specific packages which  do  not
              have a separate upstream source and therefore have no debianisa-
              tion diffs.

       -sa or -sA
              Specifies to look for the original source archive as  a  tarfile
              or  as a directory - the second argument, if any, may be either,
              or the empty string (this is equivalent to  using  -sn).   If  a
              tarfile is found it will unpack it to create the diff and remove
              it afterwards (this is equivalent to -sp);  if  a  directory  is
              found  it  will pack it to create the original source and remove
              it afterwards (this is equivalent to -sr); if neither  is  found
              it will assume that the package has no debianisation diffs, only
              a straightforward source archive (this is  equivalent  to  -sn).
              If  both  are  found then dpkg-source will ignore the directory,
              overwriting it, if -sA was specified (this is equivalent to -sP)
              or raise an error if -sa was specified.  -sA is the default.

       Extract options (with -x):

       In all cases any existing original source tree will be removed.

       -sp    Used  when  extracting then the original source (if any) will be
              left as a tarfile. If it is not already located in  the  current
              directory  or if an existing but different file is there it will
              be copied there.  (This is the default).

       -su    Unpacks the original source tree.

       -sn    Ensures that the original source is neither copied to  the  cur-
              rent  directory  nor unpacked. Any original source tree that was
              in the current directory is still removed.

       All the -sX options are mutually exclusive. If you  specify  more  than
       one only the last one will be used.

   Format: 2.0
       Also  known  as wig&pen. This format is not recommended for wide-spread
       usage, the format "3.0 (quilt)" replaces  it.  Wig&pen  was  the  first
       specification of a new-generation source package format.

       The  behaviour  of  this format is the same as the "3.0 (quilt)" format
       except that it doesn't use an explicit list of patches.  All  files  in
       debian/patches/  matching  the  perl  regular expression [\w-]+ must be
       valid patches: they are applied at extraction time.

       When building a new source package, any change to the  upstream  source
       is stored in a patch named zz_debian-diff-auto.

   Format: 3.0 (native)
       This  format is an extension of the native package format as defined in
       the 1.0 format. It supports all compression methods and will ignore  by
       default  any  VCS specific files and directories as well as many tempo-
       rary files (see default value associated to -I  option  in  the  --help

   Format: 3.0 (quilt)
       A  source  package in this format contains at least an original tarball
       (.orig.tar.ext where ext can be gz, bz2 and lzma) and a debian  tarball
       (.debian.tar.ext).  It  can  also  contain additional original tarballs
       (.orig-component.tar.ext).  component  can  only  contain  alphanumeric
       characters and dashes ("-").


       The main original tarball is extracted first, then all additional orig-
       inal tarballs are extracted in subdirectories named after the component
       part  of  their  filename (any pre-existing directory is replaced). The
       debian tarball is extracted on top of the source directory after  prior
       removal of any pre-existing debian directory. Note that the debian tar-
       ball must contain a debian sub-directory but it can also contain binary
       files outside of that directory (see --include-binaries option).

       All     patches     listed     in    debian/patches/debian.series    or
       debian/patches/series are then applied.  If the former file is used and
       the  latter  one  doesn't  exist  (or is a symlink), then the latter is
       replaced with a symlink to the former. This is meant to simplify  usage
       of  quilt  to  manage  the  set  of  patches.  Note  however that while
       dpkg-source parses correctly series files with  explicit  options  used
       for patch application (stored on each line after the patch filename and
       one or more spaces), it does ignore those  options  and  always  expect
       patches  that can be applied with the -p1 option of patch. It will thus
       emit a warning when it encounters such options, and the build is likely
       to fail.

       Similarly  to  quilt's  default behaviour, the patches can remove files

       The file .pc/applied-patches is  created  if  some  patches  have  been
       applied during the extraction.


       All original tarballs found in the current directory are extracted in a
       temporary directory by following the same logic as for the unpack,  the
       debian  directory  is  copied  over in the temporary directory, and all
       patches  except  debian-changes-version  are  applied.   The  temporary
       directory  is compared to the source package directory and the diff (if
       non-empty)  is  stored  in  debian/patches/debian-changes-version.  Any
       change  on  a  binary file is not representable in a diff and will thus
       lead to a failure unless the maintainer deliberately decided to include
       that  modified  binary  file  in  the  debian tarball (by listing it in
       debian/source/include-binaries). The build will also fail if  it  finds
       binary  files  in  the  debian  sub-directory  unless  they  have  been
       whitelisted through debian/source/include-binaries.

       The updated debian directory and the list of modified binaries is  then
       used to regenerate the debian tarball.

       The  automatically  generated  diff doesn't include changes on VCS spe-
       cific files as well as many temporary files (see default value  associ-
       ated  to -i option in the --help output). In particular, the .pc direc-
       tory used by quilt is ignored during generation of the automatic patch.

       Note: dpkg-source expects the source tree to have all  patches  applied
       when  you  generate  the source package.  This is not the case when the
       source tree has been obtained by unpacking a source package  using  the
       Format:  1.0  for  instance.  To mitigate the problem, dpkg-source will
       apply the patches by itself if it believes that they have not yet  been
       applied.  To detect this situation, it uses the following heuristic: it
       finds the list of supposedly unapplied patches (they are listed in  the
       series  file but not in .pc/applied-patches), and if the first patch in
       that set can be applied without errors, it will apply  them  all.   The
       option --no-preparation can be used to disable this behaviour.

       Build options

              Allow  dpkg-source to build the source package if the version of
              the quilt metadata is the one  specified,  even  if  dpkg-source
              doesn't know about it. Effectively this says that the given ver-
              sion of the quilt metadata is compatible with the version 2 that
              dpkg-source  currently  supports. The version of the quilt meta-
              data is stored in .pc/.version.

              Do not ignore removed files and include them  in  the  automati-
              cally generated patch.

              Include timestamp in the automatically generated patch.

              Add  all  modified binaries in the debian tarball. Also add them
              to debian/source/include-binaries: they will be added by default
              in subsequent builds and this option is thus no more needed.

              Do  not  try to prepare the build tree by applying patches which
              are apparently unapplied.

       Extract options

              Do not apply patches at the end of the extraction.

   Format: 3.0 (custom)
       This format is particular. It doesn't represent a real  source  package
       format but can be used to create source packages with arbitrary files.

       Build options

       All  non-option arguments are taken as files to integrate in the gener-
       ated source package. They must exist and are preferrably in the current
       directory. At least one file must be given.

              Required.  Defines the real format of the generated source pack-
              age.  The generated .dsc file will contain  this  value  in  its
              Format field and not "3.0 (custom)".

   Format: 3.0 (git) and 3.0 (bzr)
       Those formats are experimental. They generate a single tarball contain-
       ing the corresponding VCS repository.


       The tarball is unpacked and then the VCS is used to checkout  the  cur-
       rent branch.


       Before  going any further, some checks are done to ensure that we don't
       have any non-ignored uncommitted changes.

       Then the VCS specific part of the source directory is copied over to  a
       temporary  directory.  Before  this  temporary directory is packed in a
       tarball, various cleanup are done to save space.

       The point at which field overriding occurs compared to certain standard
       output field settings is rather confused.

       dpkg-deb(1), dpkg(1), dselect(1).

       Copyright (C) 1995-1996 Ian Jackson
       Copyright (C) 2000 Wichert Akkerman
       Copyright (C) 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                    2008-03-16                    dpkg-source(1)