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       dpkg-depcheck - determine packages used to execute a command


       dpkg-depcheck [options] command


       This  program  runs the specified command under strace and then determines and outputs the
       packages used in the process.  The list can be trimmed in various ways as described in the
       options  below.   A  good  example  of  this program would be the command dpkg-depcheck -b
       debian/rules build, which would give a good first approximation to the Build-Depends  line
       needed by a Debian package.  Note, however, that this does not give any direct information
       on versions required or architecture-specific packages.


       -a, --all
              Report all packages used to run command.  This is the default behaviour.   If  used
              in  conjunction  with  -b, -d or -m, gives additional information on those packages
              skipped by these options.

       -b, --build-depends
              Do not report any build-essential or essential  packages  used,  or  any  of  their
              (direct or indirect) dependencies.

       -d, --ignore-dev-deps
              Do  not  show  packages  used  which are direct dependencies of -dev packages used.
              This implies -b.

       -m, --min-deps
              Output a minimal set of packages needed, taking into account  direct  dependencies.
              Using -m implies -d and also -b.

       -C, --C-locale
              Run command with the C locale.

              Don't change locale when running command.

       -l, --list-files
              Also report the list of files used in each package.

              Do not report the files used in each package.  Cancels a -l option.

       -o, --output=FILE
              Output the package diagnostics to FILE instead of stdout.

       -O, --strace-output=FILE
              Write  the  strace output to FILE when tracing command instead of using a temporary

       -I, --strace-input=FILE
              Get strace output from FILE instead of tracing command; strace  must  have  be  run
              with the -f -q options for this to work.

       -f, --features=LIST
              Enable  or  disabled  features  given  in  the  comma-separated LIST as follows.  A
              feature is enabled with +feature or just feature and disabled with  -feature.   The
              currently recognised features are:
                     Warn if files in /usr/local or /var/local are used.  Enabled by default.
                     Discards execve when only a --version argument is given to the program; this
                     works around some configure scripts  that  check  for  binaries  they  don't
                     actually use.  Enabled by default.
                     Also  try to identify files which are accessed in /usr/local and /var/local.
                     Not  usually  very  useful,  as  Debian  does  not  place  files  in   these
                     directories.  Disabled by default.
                     Warn  about access to files controlled by the Debian alternatives mechanism.
                     Enabled by default.
                     Discards access to SGML catalogs; some SGML tools read  all  the  registered
                     catalogs  at startup.  Files matching the regexp /usr/share/sgml/.*\.cat are
                     recognised  as catalogs.  Enabled by default.

       --no-conf, --noconf
              Do not read any configuration files.  This can only be used  as  the  first  option
              given on the command-line.

       -h, --help
              Display usage information and exit.

       -v, --version
              Display version and copyright information and exit.


       The  two  configuration  files  /etc/devscripts.conf and ~/.devscripts are sourced in that
       order to set configuration variables.  Command  line  options  can  be  used  to  override
       configuration  file settings.  Environment variable settings are ignored for this purpose.
       The currently recognised variable is:

              These are options which are parsed before the command-line options.  For example,

              DPKG_DEPCHECK_OPTIONS="-b -f-catch-alternatives"

              which passes these options to dpkg-depcheck before  any  command-line  options  are
              processed.   You  are advised not to try tricky quoting, because of the vagaries of
              shell quoting!


       dpkg(1), strace(1), devscripts.conf(5), update-alternatives(8)


       Copyright 2001 Bill Allombert <>.   Modifications  copyright  2002,2003
       Julian  Gilbey  <>.   dpkg-depcheck  is  free  software,  covered by the GNU
       General Public License, version 2 or (at your option)  any  later  version,  and  you  are
       welcome  to  change  it and/or distribute copies of it under certain conditions.  There is
       absolutely no warranty for dpkg-depcheck.