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       dpkg-repack - put an unpacked .deb file back together

       dpkg-repack [--root=dir] [--arch=architecture] [--generate] packagename
       [packagename ...]

       dpkg-repack creates a .deb file	out  of	 a  Debian  package  that  has
       already been installed on your system.

       If any changes have been made to the package while it was unpacked (ie,
       conffiles files in /etc modified), the new  package  will  inherit  the
       changes. (There are exceptions to this, including changes to configura‐
       tion files that are not conffiles, including those managed by ucf.)

       This utility can make it easy to copy packages  from  one  computer  to
       another, or to recreate packages that are installed on your system, but
       no longer available elsewhere.

       Note: dpkg-repack will place the created package in the current	direc‐

	      Take package from filesystem rooted on <dir>. This is useful if,
	      for example, you have another computer nfs mounted on /mnt, then
	      you  can	use  --root=/mnt to reassemble packages from that com‐

	      Make the package be for a different  architecture.   dpkg-repack
	      cannot  tell  if	an installed package is architecture all or is
	      specific to the system's architecture, so	 by  default  it  uses
	      dpkg  --print-architecture  to determine the build architecture.
	      If you know the package is architecture all, you	can  use  this
	      option to force dpkg-repack to use the right architecture.

	      Generate	a  temporary directory suitable for building a package
	      from, but do not actually create the package. This is useful  if
	      you want to move files around in the package before building it.
	      The package can be built from this temporary directory  by  run‐
	      ning "dpkg --build", passing it the generated directory.

	      The  name of the package to attempt to repack. Multiple packages
	      can be listed.

       This program accesses the dpkg database directly	 in  places,  querying
       for data that cannot be gotten via dpkg.

       There is a tricky situation that can occur if you dpkg-repack a package
       that has modified conffiles. The modified conffiles are packed up.  Now
       if you install the package, dpkg does not realize that the conffiles in
       it are modified. So if you later upgrade to a new version of the	 pack‐
       age,  dpkg will believe that the old (repacked) package has older conf‐
       files than the new version, and will  silently  replace	the  conffiles
       with those in the package you are upgrading to.

       While  dpkg-repack  can be run under fakeroot and will work most of the
       time, fakeroot -u must be used if any of the files to be	 repacked  are
       owned  by non-root users. Otherwise the package will have them owned by
       root.  dpkg-repack will warn if you run it under fakeroot  without  the
       -u flag.

       Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>

DEBIAN			       Debian Utilities			DPKG-REPACK(1)

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