DH_INSTALLMAN(1) Debhelper DH_INSTALLMAN(1)
dh_installman - install man pages into package build directories
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 or .Dt line. If you have a
properly formatted .TH or .Dt 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 or .Dt line is
incorrect or missing, the program may guess wrong based on the file
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
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).
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 <email@example.com>
9.20160115ubuntu3 2016-03-31 DH_INSTALLMAN(1)
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