origtargz - fetch the orig tarball of a Debian package from various sources, and
- origtargz [OPTIONS]
- origtargz --help
downloads the orig tarball of a Debian package, and also
unpacks it into the current directory, if it just contains a debian
directory. The main use for origtargz
is with debian-dir-only
repository checkouts, but it is useful as a general tarball download wrapper.
The version number for the tarball to be downloaded is determined from
. It should be invoked from the top level directory of
an unpacked Debian source package.
Various download locations are tried:
- First, an existing file is looked for.
- Directories given with --path are searched.
- pristine-tar is tried.
- apt-get source is tried when apt-cache
showsrc reports a matching version.
- Finally, uscan --download-current-version is
When asked to unpack the orig tarball, origtargz
will remove all files
and directories from the current directory, except the debian directory, and
the VCS repository directories. Some files outside debian/
often stored in VCS even for debian-dir-only repositories are also preserved (
). Note that this
will drop all non-committed changes
for the patch system in use (e.g.
source format "3.0 (quilt)"), and will even remove all patches from
the package when no patch system is in use (the original "1.0"
The default behavior is to unpack the orig tarball if the current directory is
empty except for a debian
directory and the VCS files mentioned above.
being called "targz", it will work with any
compression scheme used for the tarball.
A similar tool to unpack orig tarballs is uupdate(1)
creates a new working directory, unpacks the tarball, and applies the Debian
changes. In contrast, origtargz
uses the current
directory, keeping VCS metadata.
For Debian package repositories that keep the full upstream source, other tools
should be used to upgrade the repository from the new tarball. See
is still useful for downloading the current tarball.
- -p, --path directory
- Add directory to the list of locations to search for
an existing tarball. When found, a hardlink is created if possible,
otherwise a symlink.
- Unpack the downloaded orig tarball to the current
directory, replacing everything except the debian directory. Existing
files are removed, except for debian/ and VCS files. Preserved are:
.bzr, .bzrignore, .bzr-builddeb, .git,
.gitignore, .hg, .hgignore, _darcs and
- Do not unpack the orig tarball.
- once (default when --unpack is not used)
- If the current directory contains only a debian
directory (and possibly some dotfiles), unpack the orig tarball. This is
the default behavior.
- yes (default for --unpack without
- Always unpack the orig tarball.
- -d, --download-only
- Alias for --unpack=no.
- -t, --tar-only
- When using apt-get source, pass --tar-only to
it. The default is to download the full source package including
.dsc and .diff.gz or .debian.tar.gz components so
debdiff can be used to diff the last upload to the next one. With
--tar-only, only download the .orig.tar.* file.
- Remove existing files as with --unpack. Note that
like --unpack, this will remove upstream files even if they are
stored in VCS.
and this manpage have been written by Christoph Berg <