dh_install - install files into package build directories
dh_install [-Xitem] [debhelper options] [file [...] dest]
dh_install is a debhelper program that handles installing files into
package build directories. There are many dh_install* commands that
handle installing specific types of files such as documentation, examples,
man pages, and so on, and they should be used when possible as
they often have extra intelligence for those particular tasks.
dh_install, then, is useful for installing everything else, for which
no particular intelligence is needed. It is a replacement for the old
Files named debian/package.install list the files to install into each
package and where they should be installed to. The format is a set of
lines, where each line lists a file or files to install, and at the end
of the line tells the directory it should be installed in. The name of
the files (or directories) to install should be given relative to the
current directory, while the installation directory is given relative
to the package build directory. You may use wildcards in the names of
the files to install (in v3 mode and above).
This program may be used in one of two ways. If you just have a file or
two that the upstream Makefile does not install for you, you can run
dh_install on them to move them into place. On the other hand, maybe
you have a large package that builds multiple binary packages. You can
use the upstream Makefile to install it all into debian/tmp, and then
use dh_install to copy directories and files from there into the proper
package build directories.
Exclude files that contain "item" anywhere in their filename from
Guess as the destination directory to install things to. If this is
specified, you should not list destination directories in
debian/package.install files or on the command line. Instead,
dh_install will guess as follows:
Strip off debian/tmp from the front of the filename, of it is
present, and install into the dirname of the filename. So if the
filename is debian/tmp/usr/bin, then that directory will be copied
to debian/package/usr/. If the filename is debian/tmp/etc/passwd,
it will be copied to debian/package/etc/.
Note that if you list only a filename on a line by itself in a
debian/package.install file, with no explicit destination, then
dh_install will automatically guess the destination even if this
flag is not set.
file [...] dest
Lists files (or directories) to install and where to install them
to. The files will be installed into the first package dh_install
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org>
3rd Berkeley Distribution 2002-04-16 DH_INSTALL(1)
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