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dcut - Debian archive command file upload tool


dcut [-h] [-d] [-c FILE] [-m MAINTAINER] [-k KEYID] [-O FILENAME] [-P] [-s] [-U FILENAME]



dcut can create and/or upload command files understood by the debian archive kit ("dak")
software. It provides an extensible interface so that third party authors can easily
integrate more sub-commands. Hence, your running instance of dcut may understand more
commands than these documented here. Refer to the respective documentations for these

Similar to dput, a HOST can be specified as a target site for the command file. Likewise,
the same default host selection criteria apply. It also parses the same configuration
files described there.

It should be noted that this does not support the same interface as the old dput binary.
Please be sure to double-check scripts that depend on old-style dput’s interface.


-c, --config=FILE
Configuration file to parse.

-d, --debug
Enable debug messages. Repeat twice to increase the verbosity level.

-f, --force
Bypass all sanity checks and upload the commands file as is. Use with caution.

-m, --maintainer=MAINTAINER
Use MAINTAINER for the uploader field and GnuPG key selection. Provide it as a full
identity, that is in "J Uploader <[email protected]>" format. This has no effect when
the upload command is used.

-k, --keyid=KEYID
Use KEYID as a key for signing. Default is to use DEBEMAIL and DEBFULLNAME, or
whatever identity was provided with --maintainer. This has no effect when the upload
command is used.

-O, --output=FILENAME
Write the resulting commands file to FILENAME instead of uploading it. This option
should not be used with the upload command. The selected FILENAME wont be overwritten
if it exists already. This is very helpful for testing that things work correctly.

-P, --passive
Force FTP passive mode when uploading the package through FTP. This option is
deprecated - use profiles instead.

-s, --simulate
Simulate the upload only. This runs all pre-upload checks, initializes the upload
handler but does not actually store any file.

-i, --input=FILENAME
Ignored silently for compatibility with old-style dput command lines.

-v, --version
Print version information and exit

Target host to upload a package. It has the same behavior and semantics as dput(1)s
'HOST argument. It also uses the same profiles from it.


Sub-commands are actually implementing commands understood by be archive software. They
can take individual arguments which must appear after specifying the actual desired

Cancel an upload entirely. The upload is referred to as a changes file name existing
remote in the incoming or deferred queues.

Takes one argument

-f, --filename=FILENAME
The changes file name which refers to the upload to be cancelled.

Remove a lost or wrongly uploaded file from the incoming directory. The argument is
interpreted as a path fragment by the archive software. Therefore, to delete a filename
from a deferred queue, refer to it by using the full path

For example, to delete a broken upload in the DELAYED queue, use the command

dcut rm -f DELAYED/X-day/foobar.deb

Alternatively, the --searchdirs argument instructs the archive software to search for a
file name in all directory. Hence, this command is equivalent to the command before:

dcut rm --searchdirs -f foobar.deb

Takes at least one argument

-f, --filename=FILENAME
The file name to be removed. This argument can be repeated, and also knows about
the shell wildcards *, ?, and []. However, please keep your local shell
replacements in mind when supplying shell meta characters. You may need to escape
them or provide them within quotes.

Search in all directories for the given file. Only supported for files in the
DELAYED queue.

Manage Debian Maintainer (DM) upload permissions. Debian Developers can grant or revoke
them package upload permissions using this command. Takes the Debian Maintainer and the
action to perform as argument.

Note, dcut will not perform any validation for conflicting arguments within --allow and
--deny below. This handling is left to the archive software, which is currently processing
--allow before --deny as an implementation detail.

Any searchable, unique identity to identify an existing Debian Maintainer. This
can be a (full) name an e-mail address or a GnuPG fingerprint of any existing
Debian Maintainer. Note, the identity provided must be known in the DM keyring
installed on your local system. The keyring is used to validate the supplied
argument and makes sure the identity hint supplied matches exactly one DM. If the
user you want to change ACLs on is not known to the local DM keyring, you can
provide the full GPG user ID as argument, and pass --force, to cause dcut to
bypass any argument checking/translation. Please note, this will generate a
commands file which will be uploaded literally as is. Use with caution.

Source package(s) where permissions to upload should be granted. Repeat the
argument to apply permissions to more than one package at once.

Source package(s) where permissions to upload should be denied. Repeat the
argument to apply permissions to more than one package at once.

Reschedule an upload. This command can move a deferred upload to any other deferred queue.

Takes two arguments

-f, --filename=FILENAME
file name to be rescheduled

-d, --days=DAYS
Reschedule the upload to DAYS days. Takes a numeric argument from 0 to 15
corresponding to the respective delayed queues. Note, 0-day is not the same as
uploading to incoming straight.

This is a pseudo-command (that is, it is handled within dcut and not forwarded to the
archive kit) which uploads a locally existing commands file as is.

However, no checks are performed for this file. Use with caution.

Takes one argument

-f, --filename=FILENAME
A local file name which is uploaded as is to the archive software.



A runtime check returned an error

An internal error was detected, for example while loading configuration files

An upload error was detected, for example a permission or authentication problem while
uploading files

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