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dh_compress - compress files and fix symlinks in package build directories
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,
files in usr/share/doc that are larger than 4k in size,
(except the copyright file, .html and other web files, image files, and files
that appear to be already compressed based on their extensions), and all
changelog files. Plus PCF fonts underneath usr/share/fonts/X11/
These files are deprecated.
If this file exists, the default files are not compressed. Instead, the
file is ran as a shell script, and all filenames that the shell script
outputs will be compressed. 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
- -Xitem, --exclude=item
Exclude files that contain item anywhere in their filename from being
compressed. For example, -X.tiff will exclude TIFF files from compression.
You may use this option multiple times to build up a list of things to
- -A, --all
Compress all files specified by command line parameters in ALL packages
- file ...
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
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