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       wrap-and-sort - wrap long lines and sort items in Debian packaging files


       wrap-and-sort [options]


       wrap-and-sort  wraps  the package lists in Debian control files. By default the lists will
       only split into multiple lines if the entries are longer  than  the  maximum  line  length
       limit  of 79 characters. wrap-and-sort sorts the package lists in Debian control files and
       all .dirs, .docs, .examples, .info, .install, .links, .maintscript, and  .manpages  files.
       Beside that wrap-and-sort removes trailing spaces in these files.

       This  script  should be run in the root of a Debian package tree. It searches for control,
       control*.in, copyright,, install, and *.install in the debian directory.


       -h, --help
              Show this help message and exit.

       -a, --wrap-always
              Wrap all package lists in the Debian control file even if they do  not  exceed  the
              line length limit and could fit in one line.

       -s, --short-indent
              Only indent wrapped lines by one space (default is in-line with the field name).

       -b, --sort-binary-packages
              Sort binary package paragraphs by name.

       -k, --keep-first
              When   sorting  binary  package  paragraphs,  leave  the  first  one  at  the  top.
              Unqualified debhelper(7) configuration files are applied to the first package.

       -n, --no-cleanup
              Do not remove trailing whitespaces.

       -t, --trailing-comma
              Add a trailing comma at the  end  of  the  sorted  fields.  This  minimizes  future
              differences  in  the  VCS  commits  when  additional  dependencies  are appended or

       -d path, --debian-directory=path
              Location of the debian directory (default: ./debian).

       -f file, --file=file
              Wrap and sort only the specified file.  You can  specify  this  parameter  multiple
              times.  All supported files will be processed if no files are specified.

       -v, --verbose
              Print all files that are touched.

              Set  the maximum allowed line length. Package lists in the Debian control file that
              exceed this length limit will be wrapped. The default maximum  line  length  is  79


       wrap-and-sort and this manpage have been written by Benjamin Drung <>.

       Both are released under the ISC license.