DH_AUTO_INSTALL(1)                Debhelper               DH_AUTO_INSTALL(1)

NAME         top

       dh_auto_install - automatically runs make install or similar

SYNOPSIS         top

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

DESCRIPTION         top

       dh_auto_install is a debhelper program that tries to automatically
       install built files. It does so by running the appropriate command
       for the build system it detects the package uses. For example, if
       there's a Makefile and it contains a install target, then this is
       done by running make (or MAKE, if the environment variable is set).
       If there is a or Build.PL, it is used. Note that the Ant
       build system does not support installation, so dh_auto_install will
       not install files built using Ant.

       Unless --destdir option is specified, the files are installed into
       debian/package/ if there is only one binary package. In the multiple
       binary package case, the files are instead installed into
       debian/tmp/, and should be moved from there to the appropriate
       package build directory using dh_install(1).

       DESTDIR is used to tell make where to install the files.  If the
       Makefile was generated by MakeMaker from a Makefile.PL, it will
       automatically set PREFIX=/usr too, since such Makefiles need that.

       This is intended to work for about 90% of packages. If it doesn't
       work, or tries to use the wrong install target, you're encouraged to
       skip using dh_auto_install at all, and just run make install

OPTIONS         top

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

           Install files into the specified directory. If this option is not
           specified, destination directory is determined automatically as
           described in the "DESCRIPTION" section.

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

SEE ALSO         top


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR         top

       Joey Hess <>

COLOPHON         top

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