dpkg-gencontrol reads information from an unpacked Debian source tree
and generates a binary package control file (which defaults to
debian/tmp/DEBIAN/control); during this process it will simplify the
Thus Pre-Depends, Depends, Recommends and Suggests are simplified in
this order by removing dependencies which are known to be true
according to the stronger dependencies already parsed. It will also
remove any self-dependency (in fact it will remove any dependency
which evaluates to true given the current version of the package as
installed). Logically it keeps the intersection of multiple
dependencies on the same package. The order of dependencies is
preserved as best as possible: if any dependency must be discarded
due to another dependency appearing further in the field, the
superseding dependency will take the place of the discarded one.
The other relation fields (Enhances, Conflicts, Breaks, Replaces and
Provides) are also simplified individually by computing the union of
the various dependencies when a package is listed multiple times in
dpkg-gencontrol also adds an entry for the binary package to
Sets the version number of the binary package which will be
Set an output substitution variable. See deb-substvars(5) for
discussion of output substitution.
Read substitution variables in substvars-file; the default is
debian/substvars. This option can be used multiple times to
read substitution variables from multiple files (since dpkg
Override or add an output control file field.
Remove an output control file field.
Specifies the main source control file to read information
from. The default is debian/control.
Specifies the changelog file to read information from. The
default is debian/changelog.
Read or write the list of files to be uploaded here, rather
than using debian/files.
Specifies the format of the changelog. See
dpkg-parsechangelog(1) for information about alternative
Generate information for the binary package package. If the
source control file lists only one binary package then this
option may be omitted; otherwise it is essential to select
which binary package's information to generate.
Assume the filename of the package will be filename instead of
the normal package_version_arch.deb filename.
-is, -ip, -isp
These options are ignored for compatibility with older
versions of the dpkg build scripts but are now deprecated.
Previously they were used to tell dpkg-gencontrol to include
the Section and Priority fields in the control file. This is
now the default behaviour. If you want to get the old
behaviour you can use the -U option to delete the fields from
the control file.
Tells dpkg-source that the package is being built in package-build-dir instead of debian/tmp. This value is used to find
the default value of the Installed-Size substitution variable
and control file field (using du), and for the default
location of the output file.
Print the control file to standard output (or filename if
specified, since dpkg 1.17.2), rather than to
debian/tmp/DEBIAN/control (or package-build-dir/DEBIAN/control
if -P was used).
Show the usage message and exit.
Show the version and exit.
The main source control information file, giving version-
independent information about the source package and the
binary packages it can produce.
The list of generated files which are part of the upload being
prepared. dpkg-gencontrol adds the presumed filenames of
binary packages whose control files it generates here.
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⟨http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?src=dpkg⟩. This page
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