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NAME         top

       dh_usrlocal - migrate usr/local directories to maintainer scripts

SYNOPSIS         top

       dh_usrlocal [debhelper options] [-n]

DESCRIPTION         top

       dh_usrlocal is a debhelper program that can be used for building
       packages that will provide a subdirectory in /usr/local when

       It finds subdirectories of usr/local in the package build directory,
       and removes them, replacing them with maintainer script snippets
       (unless -n is used) to create the directories at install time, and
       remove them when the package is removed, in a manner compliant with
       Debian policy. These snippets are inserted into the maintainer
       scripts by dh_installdeb. See dh_installdeb(1) for an explanation of
       debhelper maintainer script snippets.

       When the DEB_RULES_REQUIRES_ROOT environment variable is not
       (effectively) binary-targets, the directories in /usr/local will be
       handled as if they were owned by root:root (see below).

       When the DEB_RULES_REQUIRES_ROOT environment variable has an
       effective value of binary-targets, the owners, groups and permissions
       will be preserved with the sole exception where the directory is
       owned by root:root.

       If a directory is owned by root:root, then ownership will be
       determined at install time.  The ownership and permission bits will
       either be root:root mode 0755 or root:staff mode 02775.  The actual
       choice depends on whether the system has
       /etc/staff-group-for-usr-local (as documented in the Debian Policy
       Manual §9.1.2 since version 4.1.4)

OPTIONS         top

       -n, --no-scripts
           Do not modify postinst/prerm scripts.

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.

CONFORMS TO         top

       Debian policy, version 2.2

SEE ALSO         top


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR         top

       Andrew Stribblehill <>

COLOPHON         top

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