cowbuilder - pbuilder running on cowdancer

Property Value
Distribution Debian 10 (Buster)
Repository Debian Main i386
Package filename cowbuilder_0.88_i386.deb
Package name cowbuilder
Package version 0.88
Package release -
Package architecture i386
Package type deb
Category admin::package-management devel::buildtools devel::debian devel::packaging implemented-in::c interface::commandline role::program scope::utility suite::debian uitoolkit::ncurses utils works-with::software:package works-with::software:source
Homepage -
License -
Maintainer Debian pbuilder maintenance team <>
Download size 31.88 KB
Installed size 81.00 KB
'cowbuilder' command is a wrapper for pbuilder which allows using
pbuilder-like interface over cowdancer environment.
pbuilder is a tool for building and testing Debian package inside a clean
chroot, and cowbuilder allows chroot to be recreated using
hard-linked copies with copy-on-write, which makes creation and
destruction of chroots fast.


Package Version Architecture Repository
cowbuilder_0.88_amd64.deb 0.88 amd64 Debian Main
cowbuilder - - -


Name Value
cowdancer -
libc6 >= 2.8
libncurses6 >= 6
libtinfo6 >= 6
pbuilder -


Name Value
cowdancer <= 0.49


Type URL
Binary Package cowbuilder_0.88_i386.deb
Source Package cowdancer

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install cowbuilder deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install cowbuilder




2019-01-07 - Mattia Rizzolo <>
cowdancer (0.88) unstable; urgency=medium
[ Mattia Rizzolo ]
* Fix bash completion to work with a dynamic _have() instead of the static
have().  LP: #1792835
* Bump debhelper compat level to 12, using the new debhelper-compat.
+ Move from the deprecated dh_install --fail-missing to dh_missing.
* Bump Standards-Version to 4.3.0, no changes needed.
[ James Clarke ]
* Fix FTBFS with glibc 2.28.  Closes: #916062
2018-04-04 - Mattia Rizzolo <>
cowdancer (0.87) unstable; urgency=medium
* d/control:
+ Use HTTPS in the Homepage fields.
+ Update maintainer email address to
* d/copyright: Use HTTPS in the Format URI.
2018-01-20 - James Clarke <>
cowdancer (0.86) unstable; urgency=medium
* Bump standards version to 4.1.3, no changes needed
* ilistcreate: Ensure .ilist has the correct permissions (Closes: #872597)
* cowbuilder: Always pass --mirror and --distribution to pbuilder
* qemubuilder: Depend on soon-to-be non-Essential e2fsprogs (Closes: #887239)
* debian/control:
- Change Vcs-* to point to salsa
- Set Rules-Requires-Root to no
* Bump compat to 11, no changes needed
2017-01-31 - James Clarke <>
cowdancer (0.85) unstable; urgency=medium
* cowbuilder.8: Don't document the option-style commands; they're confusing
and no longer recommended
* parameter.c: Allow commands to come later; deprecation warnings not given,
since at least one reverse dependency does not call cowbuilder correctly
(Closes: #852434)
2017-01-19 - James Clarke <>
cowdancer (0.84) unstable; urgency=medium
[ James Clarke ]
* Use automake for tests
* Don't run 016_memleakcheck for now
- Fixes FTBFS on hurd-i386
* Reformat everything with the help of clang-format
* Fix miscellaneous issues found by clang-tidy
* debian/control:
- Drop unused Build-Depends
- Update Build-Depends for cross-building
* cowbuilder: Pass --architecture to pbuilder when building
* qemubuilder:
- Check architecture has been specified (Closes: #440944)
- Allow custom debootstrap and options (Closes: #851226)
- Change for-loops to be C89-compliant
- Enable KVM via -machine (kvm binary is deprecated)
* parameter:
- Add missing fields to dump_config and reorder
- Remove duplicate hookdir definition
- Sync options with pbuilder 0.228
- Update short options
- Accept aliases for the operation to perform
* cowbuilder.8:
- Update for new command aliases
- Various cleanups
* qemubuilder.8:
- Update for new command aliases
- Various cleanups
[ Mattia Rizzolo ]
* debian/rules: Mark debian/qemubuilder.README.Debian target as .PHONY, so
it'll always run when called
* debian/qemubuilder.README.Debian: update from the wiki
2017-01-07 - James Clarke <>
cowdancer (0.83) unstable; urgency=medium
* parameter.c: Print a friendlier message when basepath can't be created
(Closes: #753008)
* debian/control: Use my email address
* debian/copyright: Add myself (2016-2017)
* Revert "cowdancer: Use multiarch library path"
* Symlink multiarch path to non-multiarch path (Closes: #850453)
- If a user has updated their chroot to 0.82, this will cause a few errors
again on unpack, but this will be a very short window.
2016-12-05 - James Clarke <>
cowdancer (0.82) unstable; urgency=medium
[ James Clarke ]
* Rewrite build system to use autotools instead of home-grown Makefile
* qemubuilder: Add support for arm64 (Closes: #838753)
[ Mattia Rizzolo ]
* Bump debhelper compat level to 10
* d/rules: drop override_dh_installchangelogs installing ChangeLog: it's
installed automatically since compat 7
[ James Clarke ]
* cowdancer: Use multiarch library path
* log.c: Silence colors termcap error (Closes: 845395)

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