Dominique Dumont
and 1 contributors


Config::Model::Dpkg - Edit and validate Dpkg source files


invoke editor

The following command must be run in a package source directory. Whenrun, cme will load most files from debian directory and launch a graphical editor:

 cme edit dpkg

You can choose to edit only debian/control or debian/copyright:

 cme edit dpkg-control
 cme edit dpkg-copyright

Just check dpkg files

You can also use cme to run sanity checks on the source files:

 cme check dpkg 

Fix warnings

When run, cme may issue several warnings regarding the content of your file. You can choose to fix (most of) these warnings with the command:

 cme fix dpkg


This code snippet will change the maintainer address in control file:

 use Config::Model ;
 use Log::Log4perl qw(:easy) ;
 my $model = Config::Model -> new ( ) ;
 my $inst = $model->instance (root_class_name => 'Dpkg');
 $inst -> config_root ->load("control source Maintainer=foo@bedian.arg") ;
 $inst->write_back() ;


This module provides a configuration editor (and models) for the files of a Debian source package. (i.e. most of the files contained in the debian directory of a source package).

This module can also be used to modify safely the content of these files from a Perl programs.

user interfaces

As mentioned in cme, several user interfaces are available:

  • A graphical interface is proposed by default if Config::Model::TkUI is installed.

  • A Fuse virtual file system with option cme fusefs dpkg -fuse_dir <mountpoint> if Fuse is installed (Linux only)


Config::Model design does not really cope well with a some detail of Debian patch header specification (aka DEP-3). Description and subject are both authorized, but only one of them is required and using the 2 is forbidden. So, both fields are accepted, but subject is stored as description in the configuration tree. cme fix or cme edit will write back a description field.


Dominique Dumont, (dod at debian dot org)


  • cme

  • Config::Model