dpkg-gencontrol(1)              dpkg utilities              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 accord-
       ing to the stronger dependencies already parsed. It  will  also  remove
       any self-dependency (in fact it will remove any dependency which evalu-
       ates 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  possi-
       ble:  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 gen-

              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-par-
              sechangelog(1) for information about alternative formats.

              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 speci-
              fied, since dpkg 1.17.2), rather than to  debian/tmp/DEBIAN/con-
              trol (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-inde-
              pendent 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.

Debian Project                    2013-09-06                dpkg-gencontrol(1)
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