Section: (1)
Updated: 2016-07-25
Index Return to Main Contents


mk-build-deps - build a package satisfying a package's build-dependencies  


mk-build-deps --help|--version

mk-build-deps [options] control file | package name ...  


Given a package name and/or control file, mk-build-deps will use equivs to generate a binary package which may be installed to satisfy all the build dependencies of the given package.

If --build-dep and/or --build-indep are given, then the resulting binary package(s) will depend solely on the Build-Depends/Build-Depends-Indep dependencies, respectively.  


-i, --install
Install the generated packages and its build-dependencies.
-t, --tool
When installing the generated package use the specified tool. (default: apt-get --no-install-recommends)
-r, --remove
Remove the package file after installing it. Ignored if used without the --install switch.
-a foo, --arch foo
If the source package has architecture-specific build dependencies, produce a package for architecture foo, not for the system architecture. (If the source package does not have architecture-specific build dependencies, the package produced is always for the pseudo-architecture all.)
-B, --build-dep
Generate a package which only depends on the source package's Build-Depends dependencies.
-A, --build-indep
Generate a package which only depends on the source package's Build-Depends-Indep dependencies.
-h, --help
Show a summary of options.
-v, --version
Show version and copyright information.
-s, --root-cmd
Use the specified tool to gain root privileges before installing. Ignored if used without the --install switch.


mk-build-deps is copyright by Vincent Fourmond and was modified for the devscripts package by Adam D. Barratt <>.

This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. You are free to redistribute this code under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 or later.