dpkg-gencontrol(1)                dpkg suite                dpkg-gencontrol(1)

       dpkg-gencontrol - generate Debian control files

       dpkg-gencontrol [option...]

       dpkg-gencontrol  reads  information from an unpacked Debian source tree
       and  generates  a  binary  package  control  file  (which  defaults  to
       debian/tmp/DEBIAN/control);  during  this  process it will simplify the
       relation fields.

       Thus Pre-Depends, Depends, Recommends and Suggests  are  simplified  in
       this  order  by  removing  dependencies  which  are  known  to  be true
       according to the stronger dependencies already  parsed.  It  will  also
       remove any self-dependency (in fact it will remove any dependency which
       evaluates  to  true  given  the  current  version  of  the  package  as
       installed).   Logically   it   keeps   the   intersection  of  multiple
       dependencies  on  the  same  package.  The  order  of  dependencies  is
       preserved  as best as possible: if any dependency must be discarded due
       to another dependency appearing further in the field,  the  superseding
       dependency will take the place of the discarded one.

       The  other  relation  fields (Enhances, Conflicts, Breaks, Replaces and
       Provides) are also simplified individually by computing  the  union  of
       the various dependencies when a package is listed multiple times in the

       dpkg-gencontrol  also  adds  an  entry  for  the  binary   package   to

              Sets  the  version  number  of  the binary package which will be

              Set an output substitution variable.  See  deb-substvars(5)  for
              discussion of output substitution.

              Read  substitution  variables  in substvars-file; the default is
              debian/substvars.  This option can be  used  multiple  times  to
              read  substitution  variables  from  multiple  files (since dpkg

              Override or add an output control file field.

              Remove an output control file field.

              Specifies the main source control file to read information from.
              The default is debian/control.

              Specifies  the  changelog  file  to  read  information from. The
              default is debian/changelog.

              Read or write the list of files to be uploaded here, rather than
              using debian/files.

              Specifies     the     format     of     the    changelog.    See
              dpkg-parsechangelog(1)   for   information   about   alternative

              Generate  information  for  the  binary package package.  If the
              source control file lists only  one  binary  package  then  this
              option may be omitted; otherwise it is essential to select which
              binary package's information to generate.

              Assume the filename of the package will be filename  instead  of
              the normal package_version_arch.deb filename.

       -is, -ip, -isp
              These  options are ignored for compatibility with older versions
              of the dpkg build scripts but  are  now  deprecated.  Previously
              they  were  used  to tell dpkg-gencontrol to include the Section
              and Priority fields in the control file. This is now the default
              behaviour.  If you want to get the old behaviour you can use the
              -U option to delete the fields from the control file.

              Tells dpkg-source that the package is being  built  in  package-
              build-dir instead of debian/tmp.  This value is used to find the
              default value of the Installed-Size  substitution  variable  and
              control  file  field (using du), and for the default location of
              the output file.

              Print the control  file  to  standard  output  (or  filename  if
              specified,     since    dpkg    1.17.2),    rather    than    to
              debian/tmp/DEBIAN/control  (or  package-build-dir/DEBIAN/control
              if -P was used).

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

              Show the version and exit.

              The  main  source  control  information  file,  giving  version-
              independent information about the source package and the  binary
              packages it can produce.

              The  list  of generated files which are part of the upload being
              prepared.  dpkg-gencontrol adds the presumed filenames of binary
              packages whose control files it generates here.

       deb-substvars(5), deb-src-control(5), deb-changelog(5), deb-control(5).                          2019-09-05                dpkg-gencontrol(1)
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