3.2. The laboratory

Lintian's laboratory directory can be defined via the LINTIAN_LAB variable (either in the configuration file or as environment variable). If this variable is not defined, Lintian creates a temporary lab in /tmp which is removed again after Lintian has completed its checks. This mode is called temporary lab mode.

In the static lab mode (if the laboratory directory is defined by the user), the laboratory has to be set up first before it can be used by Lintian. This can be done with the -S (or --setup-lab) command line option.