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       deb-src-control - Debian source packages' master control file format




       Each  Debian  source package contains the master "control" file, which contains at least 2
       paragraphs, separated by a blank line. The first paragraph lists all information about the
       source  package  in  general,  while each following paragraph describes exactly one binary
       package. Each paragraph consists of at least one field. A field starts with  a  fieldname,
       such  as Package or Section (case insensitive), followed by a colon, the body of the field
       and a newline.  Multi-line fields are also allowed, but each supplementary line, without a
       fieldname,  should  start with at least one space. The content of the multi-line fields is
       generally joined to a single line by the tools (except in  the  case  of  the  Description
       field,  see  below). To insert empty lines into a multi-line field, insert a dot after the
       space. Lines starting with a '#' are treated as comments.


       Source: source-package-name (required)
              The value of this field is the name of the source package,  and  should  match  the
              name  of  the  source  package  in  the  debian/changelog file. A package name must
              consist only of lower case letters (a-z), digits (0-9),  plus  (+)  and  minus  (-)
              signs, and periods (.). Package names must be at least two characters long and must
              start with an alphanumeric character.

       Maintainer: fullname-email (required)
              Should be in the format "Joe Bloggs <>", and references  the  person
              who  currently  maintains  the package, as opposed to the author of the software or
              the original packager.

       Uploaders: fullname-email
              Lists all the names and email addresses of co-maintainers of the  package,  in  the
              same format as the Maintainer field. Multiple co-maintainers should be separated by
              a comma.

       Standards-Version: version-string
              This documents the most recent version of the  standards  (which  consists  of  the
              Debian  Policy  Manual  and  referenced  texts from the debian-policy package) this
              package complies to.

       DM-Upload-Allowed: yes|no
              This field indicates whether the package can  be  uploaded  by  Debian  Maintainers
              appearing in the Maintainer or Uploaders field. The default value is "no".

       Homepage: url
              The upstream project home page URL.

       Bugs: url
              The  url  of  the  bug tracking system for this package. The current used format is
              bts-type://bts-address, like debbugs:// This field is  usually  not

       Vcs-*: url
              The  url  of  the  Version Control System repository used to maintain this package.
              Currently supported are Arch, Bzr (Bazaar), Cvs, Darcs, Git,  Hg  (Mercurial),  Mtn
              (Monotone) and Svn (Subversion). Usually this field points to the latest version of
              the package, such as the main branch or the trunk.

       Vcs-Browser: url
              The url of a webinterface to browse the Version Control System repository.

       Origin: name
              The name of the distribution this  package  is  originating  from.  This  field  is
              usually not needed.

       Section: section
              This  is  a  general  field that gives the package a category based on the software
              that it installs. Some common sections are "utils", "net", "mail",  "text",  "x11",

       Priority: priority
              Sets  the  importance of this package in relation to the system as a whole.  Common
              priorities are "required", "standard", "optional", "extra", etc.

              In Debian, the Section and Priority fields have a defined set  of  accepted  values
              based on the Policy Manual.  A list of these values can be obtained from the latest
              version of the debian-policy package.

       Build-Depends: package-list
              A list of packages that need to be installed and configured to be able to build the
              source package.

       Build-Depends-Indep: package-list
              Same  as  Build-Depends,  but  they  are only needed when building the architecture
              independent packages. The Build-Depends are also installed in this case.

       Build-Conflicts: package-list
              A list of packages that should not be installed when  the  package  is  build,  for
              example because they interfere with the used build system.

       Build-Conflicts-Indep: package-list
              Same  as  Build-Conflicts,  but  only  when  building  the architecture independent

              The syntax of the Build-Depends and Build-Depends-Indep fields is a list of  groups
              of alternative packages. Each group is a list of packages separated by vertical bar
              (or "pipe") symbols, "|". The groups are separated by commas. Commas are to be read
              as  "AND", and pipes as "OR", with pipes binding more tightly. Each package name is
              optionally followed by  a  version  number  specification  in  parentheses  and  an
              architecture specification in square brackets.

              The  syntax  of  the  Build-Conflicts and Build-Conflicts-Indep fields is a list of
              comma-separated package names, where the comma is  read  as  an  "AND".  Specifying
              alternative  packages  using  a  "pipe"  is  not  supported.   Each package name is
              optionally followed by  a  version  number  specification  in  parentheses  and  an
              architecture specification in square brackets.

              A version number may start with a ">>", in which case any later version will match,
              and may specify or omit the Debian packaging  revision  (separated  by  a  hyphen).
              Accepted  version relationships are ">>" for greater than, "<<" for less than, ">="
              for greater than or equal to, "<=" for less than or equal to, and "=" for equal to.

              A architecture specification consists of one or more architecture names,  separated
              by  whitespace.  Exclamation  marks  may be prepended to each of the names, meaning

              Note that dependencies on packages in the build-essential set can  be  omitted  and
              that declaring build conflicts against them is impossible. A list of these packages
              is in the build-essential package.


       Note that the Priority, Section and Homepage fields can also be in a binary  paragraph  to
       override the global value from the source package.

       Package: binary-package-name (required)
              This  field  is used to name the binary package name. The same restrictions as to a
              source package name apply.

       Architecture: arch|all|any (required)
              The architecture specifies on  which  type  of  hardware  this  package  runs.  For
              packages  that  run  on all architectures, use the any value. For packages that are
              architecture independent, such as shell and Perl scripts or documentation, use  the
              all  value. To restrict the packages to a certain set of architectures, specify the
              architecture names, separated by a space. It's also possible  to  put  architecture
              wildcards in that list (see dpkg-architecture(1) for more information about them).

       Package-Type: deb|udeb
              This field defines the type of the package. "udeb" is for size-constrained packages
              used by the debian installer. "deb" is the default value, it's assumed if the field
              is absent. More types might be added in the future.

       Subarchitecture: value
       Kernel-Version: value
       Installer-Menu-Item: value
              These  fields  are  used  by  the debian-installer and are usually not needed.  See
              /usr/share/doc/debian-installer/devel/modules.txt from the debian-installer package
              for more details about them.

       Essential: yes|no
       Multi-Arch: same|foreign|allowed
       Tag: tag-list
       Description: short-description (required)
              These  fields  are  described in the deb-control(5) manual page, as they are copied
              literally to the control file of the binary package.

       Depends: package-list
       Pre-Depends: package-list
       Recommends: package-list
       Suggests: package-list
       Breaks: package-list
       Enhances: package-list
       Replaces: package-list
       Conflicts: package-list
       Provides: package-list
       Built-Using: package-list
              These fields declare relationships between packages.  They  are  discussed  in  the
              deb-control(5) manpage and in the debian-policy package.


       It  is  allowed  to add additional user-defined fields to the control file. The tools will
       ignore these fields. If you want the fields to be copied over to the output files, such as
       the  binary packages, you need to use a custom naming scheme: the fields should start with
       a X, followed by one or more of the letters BCS and a hypen. If the letter B is used,  the
       field  will  appear in the control file in the binary package, see deb-control(5), for the
       letter S in the source package control file as constructed by dpkg-source(1) and  for  the
       letter  C  in  the  upload  control  (.changes)  file.  Note that the X[BCS]- prefixes are
       stripped when the fields are copied over to the output files. A field XC-Approved-By  will
       appear  as  Approved-By  in  the  changes file and will not appear in the binary or source
       package control files.


       # Comment
       Source: dpkg
       Section: admin
       Priority: required
       Maintainer: Dpkg Developers <>
       # this field is copied to the binary and source packages
       XBS-Upstream-Release-Status: stable
       Vcs-Git: git://
       Standards-Version: 3.7.3
       Build-Depends: pkg-config, debhelper (>= 4.1.81),
        libselinux1-dev (>= 1.28-4) [!linux-any]

       Package: dpkg-dev
       Section: utils
       Priority: optional
       Architecture: all
       # this is a custom field in the binary package
       XB-Mentoring-Contact: Raphael Hertzog <>
       Depends: dpkg (>= 1.14.6), perl5, perl-modules, cpio (>= 2.4.2-2),
        bzip2, lzma, patch (>= 2.2-1), make, binutils, libtimedate-perl
       Recommends: gcc | c-compiler, build-essential
       Suggests: gnupg, debian-keyring
       Conflicts: dpkg-cross (<< 2.0.0), devscripts (<< 2.10.26)
       Replaces: manpages-pl (<= 20051117-1)
       Description: Debian package development tools
        This package provides the development tools (including dpkg-source)
        required to unpack, build and upload Debian source packages.
        Most Debian source packages will require additional tools to build;
        for example, most packages need make and the C compiler gcc.


       deb-control(5), deb-version(5), dpkg-source(1)