Provided by: debsums_2.0.51_all bug


       debsums_gen - Generate /var/lib/dpkg/info/*.md5sums for packages lacking it


       debsums_gen [-l] [[-f] package [package ...]]


       debsums_gen  will  look for packages that did not install a md5sums file. It will generate
       those checksums then from the installed files.

       Deprecated: this program may be removed in a later release,  see  the  debsums  --generate

       Note that this is not optimal. It is best if the md5sums are generated when the maintainer
       builds the package. At the time that the system administrator gets around to run this tool
       something  might  already  have happened to the files in the package. It is recommended to
       run this tool as soon as possible after an upgrade or package  installation  in  order  to
       keep a full set of checksums for all files installed.

       When  run  with no options, debsums will check all installed packages for an md5sums list.
       If one is not present, it will generate  one  for  it  from  the  existing  file  list  in
       /var/lib/dpkg/info.   You may also specify package name(s) on the command line to generate
       just those md5sum files. The -f option will force overwriting the current md5sums file for
       the listed package(s).


       -l     List packages which do not have an md5sums file already generated.

       -f     Force  overwriting  current  md5sums  file  when specifying packages on the command

       debsums_gen needs to be invoked as superuser.


       Christoph Lameter <>