dpkg−scansources − create Sources index files
dpkg−scansources [options] binary-dir [override-file [path-prefix]] > Sources
dpkg-scansources scans the given binary-dir for .dsc files. These are used to create a Debian source index,
which is output to stdout.
The override-file, if giv en, is used to set priorities in the resulting index records and to override the main-
tainer field given in the .dsc files. The file can be compressed. See deb-override(5) for the format of this
file. NB: Since the override file is indexed by binary, not source, packages, there’s a bit of a problem here.
The current implementation uses the highest priority of all the binary packages produced by a .dsc file for
the priority of the source package, and the override entry for the first binary package listed in the .dsc file to
modify maintainer information. This might change.
The path-prefix, if giv en, is prepended to the directory field in the generated source index. You generally
use this to make the directory fields contain the path from the top of the Debian archive hierarchy.
Note: If you want to access the generated Sources file with apt(8) you will probably need to compress the
file with gzip(1) (generating a Sources.gz file). apt ignores uncompressed Sources files except on local
access (i.e. file:// sources).
Don’t sort the index records. Normally they are sorted by source package name.
−e, −−extra−override file
Scan file to find supplementary overrides (the file can be compressed). See deb−extra−over-
ride(5) for more information on its format.
−s, −−source−override file
Use file as the source override file (the file can be compressed). The default is the name of
the override file you specified with .src appended.
The source override file is in a different format from the binary override file. It contains only
two whitespace separated fields, the first is the source package name and the second is the
section. Blank lines a