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Debian packaging tools

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deb-pkg-tools: Debian packaging tools

The Python package `deb-pkg-tools` is a collection of functions to work with
Debian packages and repositories. Some of those functions have a command line
interface (see below) because they're very convenient to use in shell scripts,
while other functions are meant to be called directly from Python code.


On the one hand the `deb-pkg-tools` package is based on my experiences with
Debian packages and repositories over the past couple of years, on the other
hand `deb-pkg-tools` itself is quite young. Then again most functionality is
covered by automated tests; at the time of writing coverage is around 90% (some
of the error handling is quite tricky to test if we also want to test the
non-error case, which is of course the main focus :-)

Installation and usage

You can install the `deb-pkg-tools` package using the following command::

$ pip install deb-pkg-tools

After installation you'll have the ``deb-pkg-tools`` program available::

$ deb-pkg-tools --help
Usage: deb-pkg-tools [OPTIONS]

Supported options:

-i, --inspect=FILE inspect the metadata in a *.deb archive
-b, --build=DIR build a Debian package with `dpkg-deb --build'
-u, --update-repo=DIR create/update a trivial package repository
-a, --activate-repo=DIR enable `apt-get' to install packages from a
trivial repository (requires root/sudo privilege)
-d, --deactivate-repo=DIR cleans up after --activate-repo
(requires root/sudo privilege)
-w, --with-repo=DIR CMD... create/update a trivial package repository,
activate the repository, run the positional
arguments as an external command (usually `apt-get
install') and finally deactivate the repository
-v, --verbose make more noise
-h, --help show this message and exit

One thing to note is that the operation of ``deb-pkg-tools --update-repo`` can
be influenced by a configuration file. For details about this, please refer to
the documentation on `deb_pkg_tools.repo.select_gpg_key()`_.

If you're interested in using `deb-pkg-tools` as a Python module, please refer
to the function reference on `Read the Docs`_.


The `deb-pkg-tools` package depends on the python-debian_ package for control
file parsing. The following external programs are also required (depending on
which functionality you need of course):

===================== =============
Program Package
===================== =============
``apt-ftparchive`` ``apt-utils``
``apt-get`` ``apt``
``ar`` ``binutils``
``cat`` ``coreutils``
``cp`` ``coreutils``
``dpkg-deb`` ``dpkg``
``dpkg-scanpackages`` ``dpkg-dev``
``du`` ``coreutils``
``fakeroot`` ``fakeroot``
``gpg`` ``gnupg``
``gzip`` ``gzip``
``lintian`` ``lintian``
``mv`` ``coreutils``
``sed`` ``sed``
``tar`` ``tar``
===================== =============


The latest version of `deb-pkg-tools` is available on PyPI_ and GitHub_. The
documentation is hosted on `Read the Docs`_. For bug reports please create an
issue on GitHub_. If you have questions, suggestions, etc. feel free to send me
an e-mail at ``_.


This software is licensed under the `MIT license`_.

© 2014 Peter Odding.

.. External references:
.. _deb_pkg_tools.repo.select_gpg_key:
.. _GitHub:
.. _MIT license:
.. _PyPI:
.. _python-debian:
.. _Read the Docs:

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