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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 characters.

       -N, --dry-run
              Do not modify any file, instead only print the files that would be modified.


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

       Both are released under the ISC license.