DH_INSTALLWM(1)                   Debhelper                  DH_INSTALLWM(1)

NAME         top

       dh_installwm - register a window manager

SYNOPSIS         top

       dh_installwm [debhelper options] [-n] [--priority=n] [wm ...]

DESCRIPTION         top

       dh_installwm is a debhelper program that is responsible for
       generating the postinst and prerm commands that register a window
       manager with update-alternatives(8). The window manager's man page is
       also registered as a slave symlink (in v6 mode and up).  It must be
       installed in usr/share/man/man1/ in the package build directory prior
       to calling dh_installwm.  In compat 9 and earlier, the manpage was

FILES         top

           List window manager programs to register.

OPTIONS         top

           Set the priority of the window manager. Default is 20, which is
           too low for most window managers; see the Debian Policy document
           for instructions on calculating the correct value.

       -n, --no-scripts
           Do not modify postinst/prerm scripts. Turns this command into a

       -A, --all
           Modify scripts for window managers specified by command line
           parameters in ALL packages acted on, not just the first.

       wm ...
           Window manager programs to register.

NOTES         top

       Note that this command is not idempotent. dh_prep(1) should be called
       between invocations of this command. Otherwise, it may cause multiple
       instances of the same text to be added to maintainer scripts.

SEE ALSO         top


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR         top

       Joey Hess <>

COLOPHON         top

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11.5                             2018-10-28                  DH_INSTALLWM(1)