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MINI-BUILDD(8) System Administration Utilities MINI-BUILDD(8)


mini-buildd - Easy Debian build daemon and repository.


usage: mini-buildd [-h] [--version] [-W HTTPD_BIND] [-S SMTP]
[-U DEDICATED_USER] [-H HOME] [-F PIDFILE] [-f] [-v] [-q] [-l LOGGERS] [-d OPTION,..] [-P PASSWORD] [-D APP[.MODEL]] [-L FILE] [-R]

Minimal Debian build daemon.

optional arguments:

-h, --help
show this help message and exit


daemon arguments:

-W HTTPD_BIND, --httpd-bind HTTPD_BIND
Web Server IP/Hostname and port to bind to. (default:
-S SMTP, --smtp SMTP
SMTP credentials in format '[USER]:[PASSWORD]@smtp|ssmtp://HOST:PORT'. (default: :@smtp://localhost:25)
Force a custom dedicated user name (to run as a different user than 'mini-buildd'). (default: mini-buildd)
-H HOME, --home HOME
Run with this home dir (you may use '~' for user expansion). The only use case to change this for debugging, really. (default: ~)
Set pidfile path (you may use '~' for user expansion). (default: ~/
-f, --foreground
Don't daemonize, log to console. (default: False)

logging and debugging arguments:

-v, --verbose
Lower log level. Give twice for max logs. (default: 0)
-q, --quiet
Tighten log level. Give twice for min logs. (default: 0)
-l LOGGERS, --loggers LOGGERS
Comma-separated list of loggers (file,syslog,console) to use. (default: file,syslog)
-d OPTION,.., --debug OPTION,..
Comma-separated list of special debugging options: 'warnings' (show all warnings from python's warnings module in log), 'exception' (log tracebacks in exception handlers), 'http' (put http server [cherrypy] in debug mode), 'webapp' (put web application [django] in debug mode), 'sbuild' (run sbuild in debug mode), 'keep' (keep spool and temporary directories), 'profile' (produce cProfile dump in log directory). (default: )

database arguments:

-P PASSWORD, --set-admin-password PASSWORD
Update password for django superuser named 'admin'; user is created if non-existent yet. (default: None)
-D APP[.MODEL], --dumpdata APP[.MODEL]
Dump database contents for app[.MODEL] as JSON file (see 'django-admin dumpdata'). (default: None)
-L FILE, --loaddata FILE
INTERNAL USE ONLY, use with care! Load JSON file into database (see 'django-admin loaddata'). (default: None)
-R, --remove-system-artifacts
INTERNAL USE ONLY, use with care! Bulk-remove associated data of all objects that might have produced artifacts on the system. (default: False)


This manual page only describes the call syntax of the mini-buildd program, which you will only really need for fine-tuning, debugging or testing.

End-users usually just go with the online manual, which is always available through mini-buildd's web interface. In a standard install, it's available at


April 2019 mini-buildd 1.0.41