debcommit [options] [--all | files to commit]
debcommit generates a commit message based on new text in
debian/changelog, and commits the change to a package's repository. It
must be run in a working copy for the package. Supported version
control systems are: cvs, git, hg (mercurial), svk, svn (Subversion),
baz, bzr, tla (arch), darcs.
-c, --changelog path
Specify an alternate location for the changelog. By default
debian/changelog is used.
Commit a release of the package. The version number is determined
from debian/changelog, and is used to tag the package in the
Note that svn/svk tagging conventions vary, so debcommit uses
svnpath(1) to determine where the tag should be placed in the
When used in conjunction with --release, if there are uncommited
changes to the changelog then derive the commit message from those
changes rather than using the default message.
-m text, --message text
Specify a commit message to use. Useful if the program cannot
determine a commit message on its own based on debian/changelog, or
if you want to override the default message.
Do not actually do anything, but do print the commands that would
Instead of committing, do print the diff of what would have been
committed if this option were not given. A typical usage scenario
of this option is the generation of patches against the current
working copy (e.g. when you don't have commit access right).
Display the generated commit message and ask for confirmation
before committing it. It is also possible to edit the message at
this stage; in this case, the confirmation prompt will be re-
displayed after the editing has been performed.
Edit the generated commit message in your favorite editor before
If this option is set, then tags that debcommit creates will be
signed using gnupg. Currently this is only supported by git.
If this option is set, the commit author and date will be
determined from the Maintainer and Date field of the first
paragraph in debian/changelog. This is mainly useful when using
debchange(1) with the --no-mainttrailer option.
The two configuration files /etc/devscripts.conf and ~/.devscripts are
sourced by a shell in that order to set configuration variables.
Command line options can be used to override configuration file
settings. Environment variable settings are ignored for this purpose.
The currently recognised variables are:
If this is set to no, then it is the same as the --no-strip-message
command line parameter being used. The default is yes.
If this is set to yes, then it is the same as the --sign-tags
command line parameter being used. The default is no.
If this is set to yes, then it is the same as the
--release-use-changelog command line parameter being used. The
default is no.
This is the key id used for signing tags. If not set, a default
will be chosen by the revision control system.
VCS SPECIFIC FEATURES
tla / baz
If the commit message contains more than 72 characters, a summary
will be created containing as many full words from the message as
will fit within 72 characters, followed by an ellipsis.
Each of the features described below is applicable only if the commit
message has been automatically determined from the changelog.
git If only a single change is detected in the changelog, debcommit
will unfold it to a single line and behave as if --strip-message
Otherwise, the first change will be unfolded and stripped to form a
summary line and a commit message formed using the summary line
followed by a blank line and the changes as extracted from the
changelog. debcommit will then spawn an editor so that the message
may be fine-tuned before committing.
free to redistribute this code under the terms of the GNU General
Public License, version 2 or later.
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Debian Utilities 2014-01-26 DEBCOMMIT(1)
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