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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 80 characters. wrap-and-sort
       sorts  the  package  lists  in  Debian  control  files and all .install 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 the entries are shorter
              than 80 characters 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.


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

       Both are released under the ISC license.