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       mk-origtargz - rename upstream tarball, optionally changing the compression and removing
       unwanted files


       mk-origtargz [options] foo-1.0.tar.gz
       mk-origtargz --help


       mk-origtargz renames the given file to match what is expected by dpkg-buildpackage, based
       on the source package name and version in debian/changelog. It can convert zip to tar,
       optionally change the compression scheme and remove files according to Files-Excluded and
       Files-Excluded-component in debian/copyright. The resulting file is placed in
       debian/../... (In debian/copyright, the Files-Excluded and Files-Excluded-component
       stanzas are a part of the first paragraph and there is a blank line before the following
       paragraphs which contain Files and other stanzas.  See uscan(1) "COPYRIGHT FILE EXAMPLE".)

       The archive type for zip is detected by "file --dereference --brief --mime-type" command.
       So any zip type archives such as jar are treated in the same way.  The xpi archive is
       detected by its extension and is handled properly using the xpi-unpack command.

       If the package name is given via the --package option, no information is read from
       debian/, and the result file is placed in the current directory.

       mk-origtargz is commonly called via uscan, which first obtains the upstream tarball.


   Metadata options
       The following options extend or replace information taken from debian/.

       --package package
           Use package as the name of the Debian source package, and do not require or use a
           debian/ directory. This option can only be used together with --version.

           The default is to use the package name of the first entry in debian/changelog.

       -v, --version version
           Use version as the version of the package. This needs to be the upstream version
           portion of a full Debian version, i.e. no Debian revision, no epoch.

           The default is to use the upstream portion of the version of the first entry in

       --exclude-file glob
           Remove files matching the given glob from the tarball, as if it was listed in Files-

       --copyright-file filename
           Remove files matching the patterns found in filename, which should have the format of
           a Debian copyright file (Format:
  to be precise).
           Errors parsing that file are silently ignored, exactly as is the case with

           Unmatched patterns will emit a warning so the user can verify whether it is correct.
           If there are multiple patterns which match a file, only the last one will count as
           being matched.

           Both the --exclude-file and --copyright-file options amend the list of patterns found
           in debian/copyright. If you do not want to read that file, you will have to use

       --signature signature-mode
           Set signature-mode:

           0 for no signature
           1 for normal detached signature
           2 for signature on decompressed
           3 for self signature
       --signature-file signature-file
           Use signature-file as the signature file corresponding to the Debian source package to
           create a dpkg-source (post-stretch) compatible signature file.  (optional)

   Action options
       These options specify what exactly mk-origtargz should do. The options --copy, --rename
       and --symlink are mutually exclusive.

           Make the resulting file a symlink to the given original file. (This is the default

           If the file has to be modified (because it is a zip, or xpi file, because of --repack
           or Files-Excluded), this option behaves like --copy.

           Make the resulting file a copy of the original file (unless it has to be modified, of

           Rename the original file.

           If the file has to be modified (because it is a zip, or xpi file, because of --repack
           or Files-Excluded), this implies that the original file is deleted afterwards.

           If the given file is not compressed using the desired format (see --compression),
           recompress it.

       -S, --repack-suffix suffix
           If the file has to be modified, because of Files-Excluded, append suffix to the
           upstream version.

           Recompress even if file is compressed using the desired format and no files were

       -c, --component componentname
           Use <componentname> as the component name for the secondary upstream tarball.  Set
           componentname as the component name.  This is used only for the secondary upstream
           tarball of the Debian source package.  Then
           packagename_version.orig-componentname.tar.gz is created.

       --compression [ gzip | bzip2 | lzma | xz | default ]
           The default method is xz. When mk-origtargz is launched in a debian source repository
           which format is "1.0" or undefined, the method switches to gzip.

       -C, --directory directory
           Put the resulting file in the given directory.

       --unzipopt options
           Add the extra options to use with the unzip command such as -a, -aa, and -b.


       uscan(1), uupdate(1)


       mk-origtargz and this manpage have been written by Joachim Breitner <>.