DH_AUTO_BUILD(1)                  Debhelper                 DH_AUTO_BUILD(1)

NAME         top

       dh_auto_build - automatically builds a package

SYNOPSIS         top

       dh_auto_build [build system options] [debhelper options] [-- params]

DESCRIPTION         top

       dh_auto_build is a debhelper program that tries to automatically
       build a package. It does so by running the appropriate command for
       the build system it detects the package uses. For example, if a
       Makefile is found, this is done by running make (or MAKE, if the
       environment variable is set). If there's a, or Build.PL, it
       is run to build the package.

       This is intended to work for about 90% of packages. If it doesn't
       work, you're encouraged to skip using dh_auto_build at all, and just
       run the build process manually.

OPTIONS         top

       See "BUILD SYSTEM OPTIONS" in debhelper(7) for a list of common build
       system selection and control options.

       -- params
           Pass params to the program that is run, after the parameters that
           dh_auto_build usually passes.

SEE ALSO         top


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR         top

       Joey Hess <>

COLOPHON         top

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