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dh_installdocs - install documentation into package build directories
is a debhelper program that is responsible for installing
documentation into usr/share/doc/package
in package build directories.
List documentation files to be installed into package.
The copyright file is installed into all packages, unless a more
specific copyright file is available.
Each of these files is automatically installed if present for a
These files are installed into the first binary package listed in
Note that README.debian files are also installed as README.Debian,
and TODO files will be installed as TODO.Debian in non-native packages.
Installed as doc-base control files. Note that the doc-id will be
determined from the Document: entry in the doc-base control file in
question. In the event that multiple doc-base files in a single source
package share the same doc-id, they will be installed to
usr/share/doc-base/package instead of usr/share/doc-base/doc-id.
If your package needs to register more than one document, you need
multiple doc-base files, and can name them like this. In the event
that multiple doc-base files of this style in a single source package
share the same doc-id, they will be installed to
usr/share/doc-base/package-* instead of usr/share/doc-base/doc-id.
- -A, --all
Install all files specified by command line parameters in ALL packages
- -Xitem, --exclude=item
Exclude files that contain item anywhere in their filename from
being installed. Note that this includes doc-base files.
Make the documentation directory of all packages acted on be a symlink to
the documentation directory of package. This has no effect when acting on
package itself, or if the documentation directory to be created already
exists when dh_installdocs is run. To comply with policy, package must
be a binary package that comes from the same source package.
debhelper will try to avoid installing files into linked documentation
directories that would cause conflicts with the linked package. The -A
option will have no effect on packages with linked documentation
directories, and copyright, changelog, README.Debian, and TODO files will
not be installed.
(An older method to accomplish the same thing, which is still supported,
is to make the documentation directory of a package be a dangling symlink,
before calling dh_installdocs.)
- file ...
Install these files as documentation into the first package acted on. (Or
in all packages if -A is specified).
This is an example of a debian/package.docs
Note that dh_installdocs
will happily copy entire directory hierarchies if
you ask it to (similar to cp -a
). If it is asked to install a
directory, it will install the complete contents of the directory.
Note that this command is not idempotent. dh_prep(1) should be called
between invocations of this command. Otherwise, it may cause multiple
instances of the same text to be added to maintainer scripts.
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org
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