This manpage gives a brief overview of dput's configuration file and the
available options in it.
dput is a tool to upload Debian packages to the archive.
dput.cf consists of different groups of configuration options, one for each
host where you want to be able to upload packages. Hosts are defined using an
identifier header with a short name for the host, enclosed in square brackets.
Note that only if multiple such headers are encountered in the
configuration, only the group following the last header is considered. This
is done to avoid confusion when overriding a global configuration file with
a user-specific one.
There's a special identifier, [DEFAULT], which holds default parameters for
all the hosts. The defaults can be overridden by redefining them again in
each host section. The available parameters are listed below:
This is the fully qualified domain name that will be used (can be specified
as host:port for HTTP, HTTPS and FTP).
Your login on the machine named before. A single asterisk * will
cause the scp and rsync uploaders to not use supply a login name when
calling to ssh, scp, and rsync.
The directory that you should upload the files to.
The method that you want to use for uploading the files.
Currently, dput accepts the following values for method:
the package will be uploaded via ftp, either anonymously or using a
login/password. Note that ftp is unencrypted so you should not use
password authentication with this.
http and https
the package will be uploaded via http or https using the PUT method
as specified in WebDAV. The upload method will prompt for a password
the package will be uploaded using ssh's scp. This transfers files using a
secure ssh tunnel, and needs an account on the upload machine.
the package will be uploaded using ssh's sftp. This transfers files using a
secure ssh tunnel, and needs sftp access on the upload machine.
the package will be uploaded using rsync over ssh. This is similar to scp,
but can save some bandwidth if the destination file already exists on the
upload server. It also needs a login on the remote machine as it uses ssh.
the package will be "uploaded" locally using /usr/bin/install. This
transfers files to a local incoming directory, and needs appropriate
permissions set on that directory.
The hash algorithm that should be used in calculating the checksum of
the files before uploading them. Currently, dput accepts the following values
use the md5 algorithm for calculation
use the sha algorithm for calculation
This defines if you are allowed to upload files without a GnuPG
signature to this host or not.
This defines if you are allowed to upload a dcut changes file to the
queue to remove or move files.
This defines a comma-separated list of distributions that this host accepts,
used to guess the host to use when none is given on the command line.
A regular expression (of Python re module syntax) that the
distribution field must match or dput will refuse the upload.
Set a numeric default parameter for delayed uploads (i.e. uploads to this
queue will be delayed the specified number of days. Defaults to the
empty string, meaning no delay. This only works with upload queues
that support delayed uploads.
This option defines if lintian should be run before the package will
be uploaded or not. If the package is not lintian clean, the upload will
This options defines if dinstall -n should be run after the package has
been uploaded or not. This is an easy way to test if your package would be
installed into the archive or not.
This option defines if dput should check if the user has installed the package
in his system for testing it before putting it into the archive. If the
user has not installed and tested it, dput will reject the upload.
This option defines if dput should use passive ftp or active ftp for uploading
a package to one of the upload queues. By default, dput uses passive ftp
connections. If you need to use active ftp connections, set
passive_ftp to 0.
This integer option defines if dput should display a progress indicator for
the upload. (Currently implemented in ftp only.)
Supported values: 0 (default) - no progress, 1 - rotating progress
indicator, and 2 - kilobyte counter.
This option defines if the scp upload to the host will be compressed, or not.
This option is only used for the 'scp' upload method, and has been found to
decrease upload time for slow links, and increase upload times for faster
The arguments of this config options should be ssh config file options in
the style documented in ssh_config(5). They will be passed to all
automatic invocations of ssh and scp by dput. Note that you can
define multiline (dput) configuration options by indenting the second
line with whitespace (i.e. similar to RFC822 header continuations).
This option defines a command to be run by dput after a successful upload.
This option defines a command to be run by dput before a upload happens.
This defines the default host for packages that are allowed to be uploaded
to the main archive. This variable is used when guessing the host to upload to.
If a user passes an argument to a host by appending the hostname with a colon,
will be replaced with the specified argument. Otherwise, it will be replaced
with an empty string.