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NAME

       dpkg-scanpackages - create Packages files

SYNOPSIS

       dpkg-scanpackages  [-m  medium]  binarydir  overridefile [pathprefix] >
       Packages

DESCRIPTION

       dpkg-scanpackages sorts through a tree of Debian  binary  packages  and
       creates  a  Packages  file,  used  by  dselect(8) to tell the user what
       packages are available for installation.  These Packages files are  the
       same as those found on Debian archive sites and CD-ROMs.  You might use
       dpkg-scanpackages yourself if making a directory of local  packages  to
       install on a cluster of machines.

       [-m  medium]  has  to  be  used if you plan to create a set of multiple
       binary CD-ROMs.

       binarydir is the name of the  binary  tree  to  process  (for  example,
       contrib/binary-i386).   It is best to make this relative to the root of
       the Debian archive, because every Filename field in  the  new  Packages
       file will start with this string.

       overridefile  is  the name of a file to read which contains information
       about how the package fits into the distribution; see below.  This file
       may   be   compressed   with   gzip(1)   like   it   is  found  in  the
       /pub/debian/indices/ directory on the Debian FTP archive.

       pathprefix is an optional  string  to  be  prepended  to  the  Filename
       fields.

THE OVERRIDE FILE

       While  most  information  about  a  package can be found in the control
       file, some must be filled in by the distribution czars rather  than  by
       the  maintainer,  because  they  relate to the arrangement of files for
       release rather than the actual  dependencies  and  description  of  the
       package.  This information is found in the override file.

       The  override  file has a simple whitespace-delimited format.  Comments
       are allowed (denoted with a #).

            package priority section [maintainerinfo]

       package is the name of the package.  Entries in the override  file  for
       packages not found in the binary tree are ignored.

       priority  and  section place the package within the release tree; these
       ought not to be found in the control file.  If the package is found  in
       a subdirectory of binarydir, that will be checked against section.

       maintainerinfo,  if present, can be either the name of a maintainer for
       an unconditional override, or else oldmaintainer  =>  newmaintainer  to
       perform a substitution.

       The  override  files  used  to  make the official Packages lists may be
       found in the indices directory on any Debian mirror.

DIAGNOSTICS

       dpkg-scanpackages outputs the usual self-explanatory errors.   It  also
       warns   about   packages  that  are  in  the  wrong  subdirectory,  are
       duplicated, have a Filename field in their control  file,  are  missing
       from  the  override file, or have maintainer substitutions which do not
       take effect.

SEE ALSO

       dpkg(8), dselect(8), /usr/share/doc/multicd/readme.txt.gz.