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who-permits-upload - look-up Debian Maintainer access control lists


who-permits-upload [-h] [-s keyring] [-d dm_url] [-s search_type] query [query ...]


who-permits-upload looks up the given Debian Maintainer (DM) upload permissions from and parses them in a human readable way. The tool can search by DM name, sponsor (the person who granted the permission) and by package.


Retrieve the DM permission file from the supplied URL. When this option is not present, the default value is used.
Display a usage summary and exit.
Use the supplied GnuPG keyrings to look-up GPG fingerprints from the DM permission file. When not present, the default Debian Developer and Maintainer keyrings are used (/usr/share/keyrings/debian-keyring.gpg and /usr/share/keyrings/debian-maintainers.gpg, installed by the debian-keyring package).

Separate keyrings with a colon ":".

Modify the look-up behavior. This influences the interpretation of the query argument. Supported search types are:
Search for a source package name. This is also the default when --search is omitted. Since package names are unique, this will return given ACLs - if any - for a single package.
Search for a Debian Maintainer. This should be (a fraction of) a name. It will return all ACLs assigned to matching maintainers.
Search for a sponsor (i.e. a Debian Developer) who granted DM permissions. This will return all ACLs given by the supplied developer.

Note that this is an expensive operation which may take some time.

A case sensitive argument to be looked up in the ACL permission file. The exact interpretation of this argument is dependent by the --search argument.

This argument can be repeated.


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Search for all DM upload permissions given by the UID "". Note, that only primary UIDs will match.
Same as above, but use a full name instead.
Look up who gave upload permissions for the apache2 source package.
Look up all DM upload permissions given to "Paul Tagliamonte".


who-permits-upload was written by Arno Töll <> and is licensed under the terms of the General Public License (GPL) version 2 or later.


gpg(1), gpg2(1), who-uploads(1)

2022-06-18 Debian Utilities