dpkg-scansources [option...] binary-dir [override-file [path-prefix]] >
dpkg-scansources scans the given binary-dir for .dsc files. These are
used to create a Debian source index, which is output to stdout.
The override-file, if given, is used to set priorities in the resulting
index records and to override the maintainer field given in the .dsc
files. The file can be compressed. See deb-override(5) for the format
of this file. NB: Since the override file is indexed by binary, not
source, packages, there's a bit of a problem here. The current imple-
mentation uses the highest priority of all the binary packages produced
by a .dsc file for the priority of the source package, and the override
entry for the first binary package listed in the .dsc file to modify
maintainer information. This might change.
The path-prefix, if given, is prepended to the directory field in the
generated source index. You generally use this to make the directory
fields contain the path from the top of the Debian archive hierarchy.
Note: If you want to access the generated Sources file with apt(8) you
will probably need to compress the file with gzip(1) (generating a
Sources.gz file). apt ignores uncompressed Sources files except on
local access (i.e. file:// sources).
Don't sort the index records. Normally they are sorted by source
-e, --extra-override file
Scan file to find supplementary overrides (the file can be
compressed). See deb-extra-override(5) for more information
on its format.
-s, --source-override file
Use file as the source override file (the file can be com-
pressed). The default is the name of the override file you
specified with .src appended.
The source override file is in a different format from the
binary override file. It contains only two whitespace sepa-
rated fields, the first is the source package name and the
second is the section. Blank lines and comment lines are
ignored in the normal manner. If a package appears in both
files the source override takes precedence for setting the
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