DH_PERL(1)                        Debhelper                       DH_PERL(1)

NAME         top

       dh_perl - calculates Perl dependencies and cleans up after MakeMaker

SYNOPSIS         top

       dh_perl [debhelper options] [-d] [library dirs ...]

DESCRIPTION         top

       dh_perl is a debhelper program that is responsible for generating the
       ${perl:Depends} substitutions and adding them to substvars files.

       The program will look at Perl scripts and modules in your package,
       and will use this information to generate a dependency on perl or
       perlapi. The dependency will be substituted into your package's
       control file wherever you place the token ${perl:Depends}.

       dh_perl also cleans up empty directories that MakeMaker can generate
       when installing Perl modules.

OPTIONS         top

       -d  In some specific cases you may want to depend on perl-base rather
           than the full perl package. If so, you can pass the -d option to
           make dh_perl generate a dependency on the correct base package.
           This is only necessary for some packages that are included in the
           base system.

           Note that this flag may cause no dependency on perl-base to be
           generated at all. perl-base is Essential, so its dependency can
           be left out, unless a versioned dependency is needed.

       -V  By default, scripts and architecture independent modules don't
           depend on any specific version of perl. The -V option causes the
           current version of the perl (or perl-base with -d) package to be

       library dirs
           If your package installs Perl modules in non-standard
           directories, you can make dh_perl check those directories by
           passing their names on the command line. It will only check the
           vendorlib and vendorarch directories by default.

CONFORMS TO         top

       Debian policy, version 3.8.3

       Perl policy, version 1.20

SEE ALSO         top


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR         top

       Brendan O'Dea <>

COLOPHON         top

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11.5                             2018-10-28                       DH_PERL(1)