dpkg-depcheck [options] command
This program runs the specified command under strace and then deter-
mines and outputs the packages used in the process. The list can be
trimmed in various ways as described in the options below. A good
example of this program would be the command dpkg-depcheck -b
debian/rules build, which would give a good first approximation to the
Build-Depends line needed by a Debian package. Note, however, that
this does not give any direct information on versions required or
Report all packages used to run command. This is the default
behaviour. If used in conjunction with -b, -d or -m, gives
additional information on those packages skipped by these
Do not report any build-essential or essential packages used, or
any of their (direct or indirect) dependencies.
Do not show packages used which are direct dependencies of -dev
packages used. This implies -b.
Output a minimal set of packages needed, taking into account
direct dependencies. Using -m implies -d and also -b.
Run command with the C locale.
Don't change locale when running command.
Also report the list of files used in each package.
Do not report the files used in each package. Cancels a -l
Output the package diagnostics to FILE instead of stdout.
Write the strace output to FILE when tracing command instead of
using a temporary file.
to the program; this works around some configure scripts
that check for binaries they don't actually use. Enabled
Also try to identify files which are accessed in
/usr/local and /var/local. Not usually very useful, as
Debian does not place files in these directories. Dis-
abled by default.
Warn about access to files controlled by the Debian
alternatives mechanism. Enabled by default.
Discards access to SGML catalogs; some SGML tools read
all the registered catalogs at startup. Files matching
the regexp /usr/share/sgml/.*\.cat are recognised as
catalogs. Enabled by default.
Do not read any configuration files. This can only be used as
the first option given on the command-line.
Display usage information and exit.
Display version and copyright information and exit.
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 variable is:
These are options which are parsed before the command-line
options. For example,
which passes these options to dpkg-depcheck before any command-
line options are processed. You are advised not to try tricky
quoting, because of the vagaries of shell quoting!
dpkg(1), strace(1), update-alternatives(8) and devscripts.conf(5).
Copyright 2001 Bill Allombert <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Modifications
copyright 2002,2003 Julian Gilbey <email@example.com>. dpkg-depcheck is
free software, covered by the GNU General Public License, version 2 or
(at your option) any later version, and you are welcome to change it
and/or distribute copies of it under certain conditions. There is
absolutely no warranty for dpkg-depcheck.
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