tbp-importorig(1) Import an upstream source into tla-buildpackage archive


tbp-importorig [ options ] filename_or_dir package version


tbp-importorig imports the tar.gz file given by filename (or a directory, if filename is one) into the tla-buildpackage archive. Since upstream tarballs do not contain the package and version information in a unified format, you must specify that on the command line as well.

It is an error to run tbp-importorig on a package when a newer version already exists in the archive. tbp-importorig detects this condition and will terminate without causing harm. However, this can be overridden by the --force-upstream-version argument (see below).


Gives the path to a tar.gz file to import.

Alternatively, gives the path to a directory to import without unpacking anything.

Gives the Debian source package name corresponding to this upstream package.
Gives the package version corresponding to this upstream package. This should not contain the Debian part (-1, -2, etc).


--tla-version=VERSION, --tla-upstream-version=VERSION
put the upstream sources into the tla version named VERSION. default: [package]--head--1.0
--tla-branch-from=REVISION, --tla-upstream-branch-from=REVISION
branch the upstream sources from the tla revision named REVISION; if no patch level is specified, the latest revision from the given version will be used
--force-version, --force-upstream-version
import this version even if it is older than other upstream sources already imported.
-h, --help
display the help message and exit.
-v, --version
display version info and exit.


The following specific files are used by this application:

Specifies the default working copy location for all build procedures. This file, and the directory it specifies, are both normally created by tbp-initarchive.


The following environment variables are used by this application:

Specifies the working copy area for tla-buildpackage to use for all build-related tasks, overriding the value in ~/.tla-buildpackage, if any.


tla-buildpackage, all associated scripts and programs, this manual, and all build scripts are Copyright (C) 2003 John Goerzen, 2008 Hubert Chathi.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA


tla-buildpackage, its modules, documentation, executables, and all included files, except where noted, was written by John Goerzen <[email protected]> and Hubert Chathi <[email protected]>, and copyright is held as stated in the COPYRIGHT section.

tla-buildpackage may be downloaded from the Debian packaging system or at

tla-buildpackage may also be downloaded using tla like this:

$ tla register-archive [email protected] \
  http://vcs.uhoreg.ca/arch/[email protected]
$ tla get \
  [email protected]/tla-buildpackage--mainline--1.0 \