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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).

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