dh_compress [debhelperoptions] [-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, 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 need to.
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 exclude.
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>
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