dh_compress - compress files and fix symlinks in package build directories
dh_compress [debhelper options] [-Xitem] [-A] [file ...]
dh_compress is a debhelper program that is responsible for compressing
the files in package build directories, and makes sure that any symlinks
that pointed to the files before they were compressed are updated
to point to the new files.
By default, dh_compress compresses files that debian policy mandates
should be compressed, namely all files in usr/share/info,
usr/share/man, usr/X11R6/man, files in usr/share/doc that are larger
than 4k in size, (except the copyright file, .html files, and files
that appear to be already compressed based on their extensions), and
all changelog files.
If a debian/package.compress file exists, however, it will be ran as a
shell script, and all filenames that the shell script outputs will be
compressed instead of the default files. The shell script will be run
from inside the package build directory. Note though that using -X is a
much better idea in general; you should only use a debian/package.compress
file if you really have to.
Exclude files that contain "item" anywhere in their filename from
being compressed. For example, -X.jpeg will exclude jpeg's from
compression. You may use this option multiple times to build up a
list of things to exclude. You can accomplish the same thing by
using a debian/compress file, but this is easier.
Compress all files specified by command line parameters in ALL
packages acted on.
Add these files to the list of files to compress.
Debian policy, version 3.0
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org>
3rd Berkeley Distribution 2001-11-17 DH_COMPRESS(1)
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