dh_installman [debhelperoptions] [manpage...]
dh_installman 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, and
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 line. Edit the man page and correct the
section, and dh_installman will follow suit. See man(7) for details
about the .TH 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
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.
Install all files specified by command line parameters in ALL
packages acted on.
Use this to specify that the man pages being acted on are written
in the specified language.
Install these man pages into the first package acted on. (Or in all
packages if -A is specified).
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org>
9.20120115ubuntu3 2011-10-20 DH_INSTALLMAN(1)
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