DH_MOVEFILES(1)                   Debhelper                  DH_MOVEFILES(1)

NAME         top

       dh_movefiles - move files out of debian/tmp into subpackages

SYNOPSIS         top

       dh_movefiles [debhelper options] [--sourcedir=dir] [-Xitem]
       [file ...]

DESCRIPTION         top

       dh_movefiles is a debhelper program that is responsible for moving
       files out of debian/tmp or some other directory and into other
       package build directories. This may be useful if your package has a
       Makefile that installs everything into debian/tmp, and you need to
       break that up into subpackages.

       Note: dh_install is a much better program, and you are recommended to
       use it instead of dh_movefiles.

FILES         top

           Lists the files to be moved into a package, separated by
           whitespace. The filenames listed should be relative to
           debian/tmp/. You can also list directory names, and the whole
           directory will be moved.

OPTIONS         top

           Instead of moving files out of debian/tmp (the default), this
           option makes it move files out of some other directory. Since the
           entire contents of the sourcedir is moved, specifying something
           like --sourcedir=/ is very unsafe, so to prevent mistakes, the
           sourcedir must be a relative filename; it cannot begin with a

       -Xitem, --exclude=item
           Exclude files that contain item anywhere in their filename from
           being installed.

       file ...
           Lists files to move. The filenames listed should be relative to
           debian/tmp/. You can also list directory names, and the whole
           directory will be moved. It is an error to list files here unless
           you use -p, -i, or -a to tell dh_movefiles which subpackage to
           put them in.

NOTES         top

       Note that files are always moved out of debian/tmp by default (even
       if you have instructed debhelper to use a compatibility level higher
       than one, which does not otherwise use debian/tmp for anything at
       all). The idea behind this is that the package that is being built
       can be told to install into debian/tmp, and then files can be moved
       by dh_movefiles from that directory. Any files or directories that
       remain are ignored, and get deleted by dh_clean later.

SEE ALSO         top


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR         top

       Joey Hess <>

COLOPHON         top

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