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lintian-info – give detailed information about Lintian’s error tags


lintian-info [log-file…]

lintian-info –tags tag …


The lintian-info command parses the output of the lintian command and
gives verbose information about the listed Lintian error tags, parses a
Lintian override file and gives verbose information about the tags
included, or (if given the -t or –tags option) explains a given tag or

If no log-file is specified on the command line, this command expects
its input on stdin. Thus, the output of lintian can either be piped
through lintian-info or a log file produced by lintian can be processed
with this command. (Note, though, that the lintian command has a
command line option -i to display the same results as lintian-info, so
you will not normally need to pipe the output of lintian into this


-a, –annotate
Read from standard input or any files specified on the command line
and search the input for lines formatted like Lintian override
entries. For each one that was found, display verbose information
about that tag.

-h, –help
Display usage information and exit.

–include-dir dir
Use dir as an additional “Lintian root”. The directory is expected
have a similar layout to the LINTIAN_ROOT (if it exists), but does
not need to be a full self-contained root.

Unlike lintian, lintian-info will not load any code from these
additional directories.

This option may appear more than once; each time adding an
additional directory.

Note: This option should be the very first if given.

–profile prof
Use the severities from the vendor profile prof when displaying
tags. If the profile name does not contain a slash, the default
profile for than vendor is chosen.

If not specified, lintian-info loads the best profile for the
current vendor.

Please Refer to the Lintian User Manual for the full documentation
of profiles.

-t, –tags
Rather than treating them as log file names, treat any command-line
options as tag names and display the descriptions of each tag.

–user-dirs, –no-user-dirs
By default, lintian will check $HOME and /etc for files supplied by
the user or the local sysadmin (e.g. profiles). This default can
be disabled (and re-enabled) by using –no-user-dirs (and
–user-dirs, respectively).

These option can appear multiple times, in which case the of them
to appear determines the result.

Note: This option should be the very first if given.

If -t or –tags was given and one or more of the tags specified were
unknown, this command returns the exit code 1. Otherwise, it always
returns with exit code 0.



Niels Thykier

Richard Braakman

Christian Schwarz

perl v5.22.1 2016-04-03 LINTIAN-INFO(1)