Langue: en

Version: September 2008 (debian - 07/07/09)

Section: 5 (Format de fichier)


dupload.conf - configuration file for dupload


The configuration file is rather straight forward Perl code as it's included by the dupload script via "do $config". The config file is read as Perl code!

Any dupload.conf must begin with "package config;" because "config" is the namespace expected by dupload.

For examples of the configuration please refer to the global configuration file /etc/dupload.conf.

It contains associative arrays, each indexed by the nickname (see --to option of dupload), for the following items:

fqdn [required]
The fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the nickname.
method [optional]
The transfer method. The available methods are: ``ftp'' (which is the default), ``scp'', ``scpb'' and ``rsync'' (over SSH).

If you are using an upload queue, use FTP because it's fast. If you are using an authenticated host, always use scp or rsync via SSH, because FTP transmits the password in clear text.

For scp and rsync to work properly, you have to setup the remote and local host to establish a ssh/slogin connection using .shosts/.rhosts or the files in ~/.ssh/. If you don't want or can't do that, you may find the scpb more convenient since it uploads in batch, reducing the number of password prompts.

The only major caveat of the rsync and scpb options is that the files are processed in a batch mode, i.e. not separately, so in case of an error dupload won't be able to detect which part of the transfer failed, and just delete the .upload file completely.

login [optional]
The account name used to log into the FTP server. The default is ``anonymous'', should work with firewall logins too.
incoming [required]
Incoming directory, the directory we try to upload to.
queuedir [optional]
The directory we move the uploaded files to (after successful upload to incoming. Usually necessary only with some special upload queues.
mailto [optional]
Email address where the announcement about stable packages is sent.
mailtx [optional]
Email address where the announcement about unstable and experimental packages is sent.
cc [optional]
Email address where to send a copy address of the announcement.
fullname [optional]
Your full name, one that should appear in the announcement;

If you leave this setting empty, the default will depend on your mail system. Usually the full name will be copied from the GCOS field in /etc/passwd.

visibleuser [optional]
Your username that should appear in the announcement. Defaults to "getlogin()".
visiblename [optional]
The host/domain name that appears as the part to the right of the @ character in the from-part of the announcement. Defaults to the value your local MTA likes.
passive [optional]
Set the passive mode for FTP transfers. Since dupload uses Net::FTP, you can also use the environment variable FTP_PASSIVE.
dinstall_runs [optional]
Tells dupload that the remote host runs dinstall (or equivalent) so that dupload won't send a duplicate announcement mail. The default is 0 (false), set it to 1 to enable it.
nonus [optional]
Tells dupload that the remote host is a valid destination for packages with non-US in their Section field, so that dupload doesn't warn about it. The default is 0 (false), set it to 1 to enable it.
archive [optional]
If set to 0 (false), adds a ``X-No-Archive: yes'' header in the announcement. The default is 1 (true).

The configuration files also contain the following global variables:

default_host [optional]
The default host to upload to. The default value of this variable is unset.
no_parentheses_to_fullname [optional]
Prevents dupload to add parentheses around the full name when making mail announcements. Default is 0 (false), set it to 1 to enable it.


Hooks are a powerful way to add actions which will be run before or after a dupload (like the preinst and postinst script of dpkg).

You have two sort of hooks: pre-upload and post-upload. Both are simple shell commands (executed by "sh -c" so you can use any shell tricks). Pre-uploads are always run (even in dry mode) and stop dupload if they fail (failure being mesured by the hook's exit status). Post-uploads are only run when you are not in dry mode and only if the uploading succeeded.

Both sorts of hooks are run for a given category: changes, sourcepackage, package, file or deb.

This hook is run once per ``changes'' file (given as an argument to dupload) with the filename as its parameter.
This hook is run once per ``changes'' file with the source package name and its version as its two parameters.
This hook is run once per binary package (a ``deb'' file) with the package name and its version as its two parameters.
This hook is run once per uploaded file, with the file name as its parameter.
This hook is run once per binary package (a ``deb'' file) with the filename as its parameter.


Hooks are defined in two Perl hashes, %preupload and %postupload, each indexed by category. In addition to the global hashes, each host entry has two fields with the same names, for the host-specific hooks.

The shell command will be substituted first: %1 will be replace by the first argument, etc.

Per-host or global hooks

A hook can be global (for all the hosts) or it can be for a specific host. If there is no specific hook, for a given category, the global one is used.


This one runs lintian before uploading. It is global and guarantee that you will always upload lintian-free packages (thanks to lintian return status).
      $preupload{'deb'} = 'lintian -v -i %1';

This one just display the name and versions of successfully uploaded packages.

      $postupload{'package'} = 'echo PACKAGE %1 %2 uploaded';

Unlike the two others, this one is specific to one host, master.

      $cfg{master}{preupload}{'changes'} = "echo Uploading %1";


The configuration is searched as following:

The latest entries override the former.


Those of Net::FTP for the FTP method:


Heiko Schlittermann <heiko@lotte.sax.de>

Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer@debian.org>