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       debrelease - a wrapper around dupload or dput

       debrelease [debrelease options] [dupload/dput options]

       debrelease  is  a  simple wrapper around dupload or dput.  It is called
       from within the source code tree of a package, and figures out the cur-
       rent  version  of  a  package.   It  then  looks  for the corresponding
       .changes file (which lists the files  needed  to  upload  in  order  to
       release  the  package)  in the parent directory of the source code tree
       and calls dupload or dput with the .changes file as parameter in  order
       to perform the actual uploading.

       Options  may  be given to debrelease; except for the ones listed below,
       they are passed on unchanged to dupload or dput.  The  devscripts  con-
       figuration files are also read by debrelease as described below.

Directory name checking
       In  common with several other scripts in the devscripts package, debre-
       lease will climb the directory tree until it finds  a  debian/changelog
       file.   As  a safeguard against stray files causing potential problems,
       it will examine the name of the parent  directory  once  it  finds  the
       debian/changelog file, and check that the directory name corresponds to
       the package name.  Precisely how it does this is controlled by two con-
       figuration    file    variables    DEVSCRIPTS_CHECK_DIRNAME_LEVEL   and
       DEVSCRIPTS_CHECK_DIRNAME_REGEX, and  their  corresponding  command-line
       options --check-dirname-level and --check-dirname-regex.

       DEVSCRIPTS_CHECK_DIRNAME_LEVEL can take the following values:

       0      Never check the directory name.

       1      Only check the directory name if we have had to change directory
              in our search for debian/changelog.  This is the default  behav-

       2      Always check the directory name.

       The  directory name is checked by testing whether the current directory
       name (as determined by pwd(1)) matches the regex given by the  configu-
       ration  file  option  DEVSCRIPTS_CHECK_DIRNAME_REGEX  or by the command
       line option --check-dirname-regex regex.  Here regex is  a  Perl  regex
       (see  perlre(3perl)),  which  will be anchored at the beginning and the
       end.  If regex contains a '/', then it must match  the  full  directory
       path.   If  not,  then it must match the full directory name.  If regex
       contains the string 'PACKAGE', this will  be  replaced  by  the  source
       package  name, as determined from the changelog.  The default value for
       the regex is: 'PACKAGE(-.+)?', thus matching directory  names  such  as
       PACKAGE and PACKAGE-version.

       --dupload, --dput
              This  specifies  which  uploader  program to use; the default is

       -S     If this option is used, or the  default  .changes  file  is  not
              found  but  a  source-only  .changes  file is present, then this
              source-only .changes file will be uploaded instead of  an  arch-
              specific one.

       -adebian-architecture, -tGNU-system-type
              See  dpkg-architecture(1)  for  a  description of these options.
              They affect the search for the .changes file.  They are provided
              to mimic the behaviour of dpkg-buildpackage when determining the
              name of the .changes file.  If a plain -t is given, it is  taken
              to  be  the dupload host-specifying option, and therefore signi-
              fies the end of the debrelease-specific options.

              Multiarch .changes mode: This signifies that  debrelease  should
              use  the  most  recent  file  with the name pattern package_ver-
              sion_*+*.changes as the .changes file, allowing for the .changes
              files produced by dpkg-cross.

       --debs-dir directory
              Look for the .changes and .deb files in directory instead of the
              parent of the source directory.  This should either be an  abso-
              lute path or relative to the top of the source directory.

       --check-dirname-level N
              See the above section Directory name checking for an explanation
              of this option.

       --check-dirname-regex regex
              See the above section Directory name checking for an explanation
              of this option.

       --no-conf, --noconf
              Do  not  read any configuration files.  This can only be used as
              the first option given on the command-line.

       --help, -h
              Display a help message and exit successfully.

              Display version and copyright information and exit successfully.

       The two configuration files /etc/devscripts.conf and ~/.devscripts  are
       sourced  in  that  order  to set configuration variables.  Command line
       options can be used to override configuration file settings.   Environ-
       ment  variable  settings  are  ignored for this purpose.  The currently
       recognised variables are:

              The currently recognised values are dupload  and  dput,  and  it
              specifies which uploader program should be used.  It corresponds
              to the --dupload and --dput command line options.

              This specifies the directory in which to look for  the  .changes
              and  .deb  files,  and is either an absolute path or relative to
              the top of the source tree.  This corresponds to the  --debs-dir
              command line option.  This directive could be used, for example,
              if you always use pbuilder or  svn-buildpackage  to  build  your
              packages.  Note that it also affects debc(1) and debi(1).

              See the above section Directory name checking for an explanation
              of these variables.  Note that these are package-wide configura-
              tion variables, and will therefore affect all devscripts scripts
              which check their value, as described in their  respective  man-
              pages and in devscripts.conf(5).

       dput(1), dupload(1), devscripts.conf(5)

       Julian Gilbey <>, based on the original release script by
       Christoph Lameter <>.

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