DH_MISSING(1)                     Debhelper                    DH_MISSING(1)

NAME         top

       dh_missing - check for missing files

SYNOPSIS         top

       dh_missing [-Xitem] [--sourcedir=dir] [debhelper options]

DESCRIPTION         top

       dh_missing compares the list of installed files with the files in the
       source directory. If any of the files (and symlinks) in the source
       directory were not installed to somewhere, it will warn on stderr
       about that (--list-missing) or fail (--fail-missing).  Please note
       that without either of these options, dh_missing will silently do

       This may be useful if you have a large package and want to make sure
       that you don't miss installing newly added files in new upstream

       Remember to test different kinds of builds (dpkg-buildpackage
       -A/-B/...) as you may experience varying results when only a subset
       of the packages are built.

FILES         top

           List the files that are deliberately not installed in any binary
           package.  Paths listed in this file are ignored by dh_missing.
           However, it is not a method to exclude files from being installed
           by any of the debhelper tool.  If you want a tool to not install
           a given file, please use its --exclude option (where available).

           Please keep in mind that dh_missing will not expand wildcards in
           this file.

OPTIONS         top

           Warn on stderr about source files not installed to somewhere.

           Note that files that are excluded from being moved via the -X
           option are not warned about.

           This option is like --list-missing, except if a file was missed,
           it will not only list the missing files, but also fail with a
           nonzero exit code.

SEE ALSO         top


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR         top

       Michael Stapelberg <>

COLOPHON         top

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