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NAME         top

       dh_prep - perform cleanups in preparation for building a binary

SYNOPSIS         top

       dh_prep [debhelper options] [-Xitem]

DESCRIPTION         top

       dh_prep is a debhelper program that performs some file cleanups in
       preparation for building a binary package. (This is what dh_clean -k
       used to do.) It removes the package build directories, debian/tmp,
       and some temp files that are generated when building a binary

       It is typically run at the top of the binary-arch and binary-indep
       targets, or at the top of a target such as install that they depend

OPTIONS         top

       -Xitem --exclude=item
           Exclude files that contain item anywhere in their filename from
           being deleted, even if they would normally be deleted. You may
           use this option multiple times to build up a list of things to

SEE ALSO         top


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR         top

       Joey Hess <>

COLOPHON         top

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