who-permits-upload man page

who-permits-upload — look-up Debian Maintainer access control lists


who-permits-upload [-h] [-s keyring] [-d dm_url] [-s search_type] query [query ...]


who-permits-upload looks up the given Debian Maintainer (DM) upload permissions from ftp-master.debian.org and parses them in a human readable way. The tool can search by DM name, sponsor (the person who granted the permission) and by package.


--dmfile=dm_url, -d dm_url

Retrieve the DM permission file from the supplied URL. When this option is not present, the default value https://ftp-master.debian.org/dm.txt is used.

--help, -h

Display a usage summary and exit.

--keyring=keyring, -s keyring

Use the supplied GnuPG keyrings to look-up GPG fingerprints from the DM permission file. When not present, the default Debian Developer and Maintainer keyrings are used (/usr/share/keyrings/debian-keyring.gpg and /usr/share/keyrings/debian-maintainers.gpg, installed by the debian-keyring package).

Separate keyrings with a colon ":".

--search=search_type, -s search_type

Modify the look-up behavior. This influences the interpretation of the query argument. Supported search types are:


Search for a source package name. This is also the default when --search is omitted. Since package names are unique, this will return given ACLs - if any - for a single package.


Search for a Debian Maintainer. This should be (a fraction of) a name. It will return all ACLs assigned to matching maintainers.


Search for a sponsor (i.e. a Debian Developer) who granted DM permissions. This will return all ACLs given by the supplied developer.

Note that this is an expensive operation which may take some time.


A case sensitive argument to be looked up in the ACL permission file. The exact interpretation of this argument is dependent by the --search argument.

This argument can be repeated.

Exit Value




An error occurred


The command line was not understood


who-permits-upload --search=sponsor arno@debian.org

Search for all DM upload permissions given by the UID "arno@debian.org". Note, that only primary UIDs will match.

who-permits-upload -s=sponsor "Arno Töll"

Same as above, but use a full name instead.

who-permits-upload apache2

Look up who gave upload permissions for the apache2 source package.

who-permits-upload --search=uid "Paul Tagliamonte"

Look up all DM upload permissions given to "Paul Tagliamonte".


who-permits-upload was written by Arno Töll <arno@debian.org> and is licensed under the terms of the General Public License (GPL) version 2 or later.

See Also

gpg(1), gpg2(1), who-uploads(1)


Referenced By


2017-02-02 Debian Utilities