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NAME         top

       dpkg-genbuildinfo - generate Debian .buildinfo files

SYNOPSIS         top

       dpkg-genbuildinfo [option...]

DESCRIPTION         top

       dpkg-genbuildinfo reads information from an unpacked and built
       Debian source tree and from the files it has generated and
       generates a Debian control file describing the build environment
       and the build artifacts (.buildinfo file).

       This command was introduced in dpkg 1.18.11.

OPTIONS         top

              Specifies the build type from a comma-separated list of

              The allowed values are:

              any    Generate build information including unqualified
                     build dependencies (Build-Depends) and architecture
                     specific build dependencies (Build-Depends-Arch).

              all    Generate build information including unqualified
                     build dependencies (Build-Depends) and architecture
                     independent build dependencies

              source Effectively ignored; generate build information
                     with just the unqualified build dependencies

              binary Generate build information with all three types of
                     build dependencies.  This is an alias for any,all.

              full   Generate build information with all three types of
                     build dependencies.  This is an alias for
                     any,all,source, and the same as the default case
                     when no build option is specified.

              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.

              Specifies where is the list of files that have been
              produced by the build, rather than using debian/files.

              Specifies the format of the changelog. See
              dpkg-parsechangelog(1) for information about alternative

              Print the buildinfo file to standard output (or filename
              if specified) rather than to dir/source-name_binary-
              version_arch.buildinfo (where dir is .. by default or
              upload-files-dir if -u was used).

              Look for the files to be uploaded in upload-files-dir
              rather than ..  (dpkg-genbuildinfo needs to find these
              files so that it can include their sizes and checksums in
              the .buildinfo file).

              By default, the Build-Kernel-Version field will not be
              written out.

              Specify this option (since dpkg 1.19.0) to always write a
              Build-Kernel-Version field when generating the .buildinfo.

              By default, the Build-Path field will only be written if
              the current directory starts with a whitelisted pattern.

              On Debian and derivatives the pattern matches on /build/
              at the start of the pathname.

              Specify this option to always write a Build-Path field
              when generating the .buildinfo.

              Change the location of the dpkg database. The default
              location is /var/lib/dpkg.

       -q     dpkg-genbuildinfo might produce informative messages on
              standard error.  -q suppresses these messages.

       -?, --help
              Show the usage message and exit.

              Show the version and exit.

ENVIRONMENT         top

              This variable can be used to enable or disable various
              features that affect the information included in the
              .buildinfo file, via the buildinfo option (since dpkg
              1.18.19).  This option contains a comma-separated list of
              features, prefixed with the ‘+’ or ‘-’ modifiers, to
              denote whether to enable or disable them.  The special
              feature “all” can be used to enable or disable all other
              features.  The feature “path” controls whether to
              unconditionally include the Build-Path field.

              Sets the color mode (since dpkg 1.18.5).  The currently
              accepted values are: auto (default), always and never.

              If set, it will be used to decide whether to activate
              Native Language Support, also known as
              internationalization (or i18n) support (since dpkg
              1.19.0).  The accepted values are: 0 and 1 (default).

FILES         top

              The list of generated files.  dpkg-genbuildinfo reads the
              data here when producing a .buildinfo file.

SEE ALSO         top


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