dh_installdocs [debhelperoptions] [-A] [-Xitem] [file...]
dh_installdocs is a debhelper program that is responsible for
installing documentation into usr/share/doc/package in package build
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
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.
Install all files specified by command line parameters in ALL
packages acted on.
Exclude files that contain item anywhere in their filename from
being installed. Note that this includes doc-base files.
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.)
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 file:
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>
9.20131227ubuntu1 2013-12-09 DH_INSTALLDOCS(1)
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