dh_germinate_metapackage(1) create metapackages based on seeds


dh_germinate_metapackage [debhelperĀ options]


dh_germinate_metapackage is a debhelper program that generates ${germinate:Depends} substitutions and adds them to substvars files.

The program will read the "metapackage-map" file that should have been created by a previous run of "germinate-update-metapackage" for your package, and for each seed listed there it will generate dependencies and recommendations based on the previous results of "germinate-update-metapackage". Dependencies will be substituted into your package's control file wherever you place the token ``${germinate:Depends}'', and similarly recommendations will be substituted wherever you place the token ``${germinate:Recommends}''.

You must run "germinate-update-metapackage" before building the source package. Normally, source packages that use this program will include an "update" script that will call it with appropriate arguments.


dh_germinate_metapackage is usually called indirectly in a rules file via the dh command.

                dh [email protected] --with germinate

You must build-depend on at least debhelper (>= 7.0.8) to use this form, and in any case you must build-depend on at least germinate (>= 1.18) to use this program at all.

It can also be called directly at any time between "dh_prep" and "dh_installdeb".

        install: build
        binary-arch: build install


Colin Watson <[email protected]>

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