dpkg-gencontrol(1) dpkg utilities dpkg-gencontrol(1)
dpkg-gencontrol - generate Debian control files
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
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
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).
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.
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