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       dpkg-gencontrol - generate Debian control files


       dpkg-gencontrol [options]


       dpkg-gencontrol  reads  information from an unpacked Debian source tree
       and  generates  a  binary  package  control  file  (which  defaults  to
       debian/tmp/DEBIAN/control);  during  this  process it will simplify the
       relation fields.

       Thus Pre-Depends, Depends, Recommends and Suggests  are  simplified  in
       this  order  by  removing  dependencies  which  are  known  to  be true
       according to the stronger dependencies already  parsed.  It  will  also
       remove any self-dependency (in fact it will remove any dependency which
       evaluates  to  true  given  the  current  version  of  the  package  as
       installed).   Logically   it   keeps   the   intersection  of  multiple
       dependencies  on  the  same  package.  The  order  of  dependencies  is
       preserved  as best as possible: if any dependency must be discarded due
       to another dependency appearing further in the field,  the  superseding
       dependency will take the place of the discarded one.

       The  other  relation  fields (Enhances, Conflicts, Breaks, Replaces and
       Provides) are also simplified individually by computing  the  union  of
       the various dependencies when a package is listed multiple times in the

       dpkg-gencontrol  also  adds  an  entry  for  the  binary   package   to


              Sets  the  version  number  of  the binary package which will be

              Set an output substitution variable.  See  deb-substvars(5)  for
              discussion of output substitution.

              Read  substitution  variables  in  substvarsfile; the default is

              Override or add an output control file field.

              Remove an output control file field.

              Specifies the main source control file to read information from.
              The default is debian/control.

              Specifies  the  change  log  file  to read information from. The
              default is debian/changelog.

              Read or write the list of files to be uploaded here, rather than
              using debian/files.

              Specifies  the format of the changelog. By default the format is
              read from a special line near the bottom  of  the  changelog  or
              failing that defaults to the debian standard format.

              Generate  information  for  the  binary package package.  If the
              source control file lists only  one  binary  package  then  this
              option may be omitted; otherwise it is essential to select which
              binary package’s information to generate.

              Assume the filename of the package will be filename  instead  of
              the normal package_version_arch.deb filename.

       -is, -ip, -isp
              These  options are ignored for compatibility with older versions
              of dpkg-dev but are now deprecated. Previously they were used to
              tell  dpkg-gencontrol to include the Section and Priority fields
              in the control file. This is now the default behaviour.  If  you
              want  to  get  the  old  behaviour  you can use the -U option to
              delete the fields from the control file.

              Tells  dpkg-source  that  the  package   is   being   built   in
              packagebuilddir  instead  of  debian/tmp.  This value is used to
              find  the  default  value  of  the  Installed-Size  substitution
              variable  and control file field (using du), and for the default
              location of the output file.

       -O     Print the control  file  to  standard  output,  rather  than  to
              debian/tmp/DEBIAN/control  (or packagebuilddir/DEBIAN/control if
              -P was used).

       -h, --help
              Show the usage message and exit.

              Show the version and exit.


              The  main  source  control  information  file,  giving  version-
              independent  information about the source package and the binary
              packages it can produce.

              The list of generated files which are part of the  upload  being
              prepared.  dpkg-gencontrol adds the presumed filenames of binary
              packages whose control files it generates here.


       Copyright (C) 1995-1996 Ian Jackson
       Copyright (C) 2000 Wichert Akkerman
       Copyright (C) 2007-2008 Raphaël Hertzog

       This is free software; see the GNU General Public Licence version 2  or
       later for copying conditions. There is NO WARRANTY.