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dh_installman - install man pages into package build directories
is a debhelper program that handles installing
man pages into the correct locations in package build directories. You tell
it what man pages go in your packages, and it figures out where to install
them based on the section field in their .TH
line. If you have
a properly formatted .TH
line, your man page will be installed
into the right directory, with the right name (this includes proper handling
of pages with a subsection, like 3perl
, which are placed in man3
given an extension of .3perl
). If your .TH
line is incorrect
or missing, the program may guess wrong based on the file extension.
It also supports translated man pages, by looking for extensions
like .ll.8 and .ll_LL.8, or by use of the --language switch.
If dh_installman seems to install a man page into the wrong section or with
the wrong extension, this is because the man page has the wrong section
listed in its .TH or .Dt line. Edit the man page and correct the
section, and dh_installman will follow suit. See man(7) for details
about the .TH section, and mdoc(7) for the .Dt section. If
dh_installman seems to install a man page into a directory
like /usr/share/man/pl/man1/, that is because your program has a
name like foo.pl, and dh_installman assumes that means it is translated
into Polish. Use --language=C to avoid this.
After the man page installation step, dh_installman will check to see if
any of the man pages in the temporary directories of any of the packages it
is acting on contain .so links. If so, it changes them to symlinks.
Also, dh_installman will use man to guess the character encoding of each
manual page and convert it to UTF-8. If the guesswork fails for some
reason, you can override it using an encoding declaration. See
manconv(1) for details.
Lists man pages to be installed.
- -A, --all
Install all files specified by command line parameters in ALL packages
Use this to specify that the man pages being acted on are written in the
- manpage ...
Install these man pages into the first package acted on. (Or in all
packages if -A is specified).
An older version of this program, dh_installmanpages
(1), is still used
by some packages, and so is still included in debhelper.
It is, however, deprecated, due to its counterintuitive and inconsistent
interface. Use this program instead.
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org
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