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NAME         top

       dh_installdeb - install files into the DEBIAN directory

SYNOPSIS         top

       dh_installdeb [debhelper options]

DESCRIPTION         top

       dh_installdeb is a debhelper program that is responsible for
       installing files into the DEBIAN directories in package build
       directories with the correct permissions.

FILES         top

           These maintainer scripts are installed into the DEBIAN directory.

           Inside the scripts, the token #DEBHELPER# is replaced with shell
           script snippets generated by other debhelper commands.

           These control files are installed into the DEBIAN directory.

           Note that package.shlibs is only installed in compat level 9 and
           earlier.  In compat 10, please use dh_makeshlibs(1).

           This control file will be installed into the DEBIAN directory.

           In v3 compatibility mode and higher, all files in the etc/
           directory in a package will automatically be flagged as conffiles
           by this program, so there is no need to list them manually here.

           Lines in this file correspond to dpkg-maintscript-helper(1)
           commands and parameters.  However, the "maint-script-parameters"
           should not be included as debhelper will add those automatically.


               # Correct
               rm_conffile /etc/obsolete.conf 0.2~ foo
               # INCORRECT
               rm_conffile /etc/obsolete.conf 0.2~ foo -- "$@"

           In compat 10 or later, any shell metacharacters will be escaped,
           so arbitrary shell code cannot be inserted here.  For example, a
           line such as "mv_conffile /etc/oldconffile /etc/newconffile" will
           insert maintainer script snippets into all maintainer scripts
           sufficient to move that conffile.

           It was also the intention to escape shell metacharacters in
           previous compat levels.  However, it did not work properly and as
           such it was possible to embed arbitrary shell code in earlier
           compat levels.

           The dh_installdeb tool will do some basic validation of some of
           the commands listed in this file to catch common mistakes.  The
           validation is enabled as a warning since compat 10 and as a hard
           error in compat 12.

SEE ALSO         top


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR         top

       Joey Hess <>

COLOPHON         top

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