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       debrelease - a wrapper around dupload or dput


       debrelease [debrelease options] [dupload/dput options]


       debrelease  is  a  simple  wrapper  around  dupload or dput.  It is called from within the
       source code tree of a package, and figures out the current version of a package.  It  then
       looks for the corresponding .changes file (which lists the files needed to upload in order
       to release the package) in the parent directory of the source code tree and calls  dupload
       or dput with the .changes file as parameter in order to perform the actual uploading.

       Options  may  be given to debrelease; except for the ones listed below, they are passed on
       unchanged to dupload or dput.   The  devscripts  configuration  files  are  also  read  by
       debrelease as described below.

Directory name checking

       In  common with several other scripts in the devscripts package, debrelease will climb the
       directory tree until it finds a debian/changelog file.  As a safeguard against stray files
       causing potential problems, it will examine the name of the parent directory once it finds
       the debian/changelog file, and check that the directory name corresponds  to  the  package
       name.   Precisely  how  it  does  this  is  controlled by two configuration file variables
       command-line options --check-dirname-level and --check-dirname-regex.

       DEVSCRIPTS_CHECK_DIRNAME_LEVEL can take the following values:

       0      Never check the directory name.

       1      Only  check the directory name if we have had to change directory in our search for
              debian/changelog.  This is the default behaviour.

       2      Always check the directory name.

       The directory name is checked by testing whether the current directory name (as determined
       by    pwd(1))    matches    the   regex   given   by   the   configuration   file   option
       DEVSCRIPTS_CHECK_DIRNAME_REGEX or by the command line option --check-dirname-regex  regex.
       Here  regex  is  a Perl regex (see perlre(3perl)), which will be anchored at the beginning
       and the end.  If regex contains a '/', then it must match the  full  directory  path.   If
       not,  then it must match the full directory name.  If regex contains the string ┬┤PACKAGE',
       this will be replaced by the source package name, as determined from the  changelog.   The
       default  value  for  the  regex is: ┬┤PACKAGE(-.+)?', thus matching directory names such as
       PACKAGE and PACKAGE-version.


       --dupload, --dput
              This specifies which uploader program to use; the default is dupload.

       -S     If this option is used, or the default .changes file is not found but a source-only
              .changes  file  is  present,  then  this source-only .changes file will be uploaded
              instead of an arch-specific one.

       -adebian-architecture, -tGNU-system-type
              See dpkg-architecture(1) for a description  of  these  options.   They  affect  the
              search  for  the  .changes file.  They are provided to mimic the behaviour of dpkg-
              buildpackage when determining the name of the .changes file.   If  a  plain  -t  is
              given,  it  is  taken  to  be  the  dupload  host-specifying  option, and therefore
              signifies the end of the debrelease-specific options.

              Multiarch .changes mode: This signifies that debrelease should use the most  recent
              file  with  the  name  pattern  package_version_*+*.changes  as  the .changes file,
              allowing for the .changes files produced by dpkg-cross.

       --debs-dir directory
              Look for the .changes and .deb files in directory instead  of  the  parent  of  the
              source directory.  This should either be an absolute path or relative to the top of
              the source directory.

       --check-dirname-level N
              See the above section Directory name checking for an explanation of this option.

       --check-dirname-regex regex
              See the above section Directory name checking for an explanation of this option.

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

       --help, -h
              Display a help message and exit successfully.

              Display version and copyright information and exit successfully.


       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 variables are:

              The currently recognised values are  dupload  and  dput,  and  it  specifies  which
              uploader  program  should  be  used.   It  corresponds  to the --dupload and --dput
              command line options.

              This specifies the directory in which to look for the .changes and .deb files,  and
              is  either  an  absolute  path  or  relative  to  the top of the source tree.  This
              corresponds to the --debs-dir command line option.  This directive could  be  used,
              for example, if you always use pbuilder or svn-buildpackage to build your packages.
              Note that it also affects debc(1) and debi(1).

              See the  above  section  Directory  name  checking  for  an  explanation  of  these
              variables.   Note  that  these  are  package-wide configuration variables, and will
              therefore affect all devscripts scripts which check their value,  as  described  in
              their respective manpages and in devscripts.conf(5).


       dput(1), dupload(1), devscripts.conf(5)


       Julian  Gilbey <>, based on the original release script by Christoph Lameter