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dpkg-gencontrol(1)             dpkg suite             dpkg-gencontrol(1)

NAME         top

       dpkg-gencontrol - generate Debian control files

SYNOPSIS         top

       dpkg-gencontrol [option...]

DESCRIPTION         top

       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 relation fields.

       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 the field.

       dpkg-gencontrol also adds an entry for the binary package to

OPTIONS         top

              Sets the version number of the binary package which will
              be generated.

              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 1.15.6).

              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).

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

              Show the version and exit.

ENVIRONMENT         top

              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 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.

SEE ALSO         top

       deb-substvars(5), deb-src-control(5), deb-changelog(5),

COLOPHON         top

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       ⟨https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Dpkg/⟩.  If you have a bug report
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1.19.6-2-g6e42d5               2019-03-25             dpkg-gencontrol(1)

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