dh_installdocs - install documentation into package build directories
dh_installdocs [debhelperoptions] [-A] [-Xitem] [file...]
dh_installdocs is a debhelper program that is responsible for
installing documentation into usr/share/doc/package in package build
List documentation files to be installed into package.
Each of these files is automatically installed if present. Use the
package specific name if package needs a different version of the
Note that debian/README.debian is also installed as README.Debian,
and debian/TODO will be installed as TODO.Debian in non-native
Installed as doc-base control files. Note that the doc-id will be
determined from the "Document:" entry in the doc-base control file
If your package needs to register more than one document, you need
multiple doc-base files, and can name them like this.
Install all files specified by command line parameters in ALL
packages acted on.
Exclude files that contain "item" anywhere in their filename from
being installed. Note that this includes doc-base files.
Make the documentation directory of all packages acted on be a
symlink to the documentation directory of package. This has no
effect when acting on package itself, or if the documentation
directory to be created already exists when dh_installdocs is run.
To comply with policy, package must be a binary package that comes
from the same source package.
debhelper will try to avoid installing files into linked
documentation directories that would cause conflicts with the
linked package. The -A option will have no effect on packages with
linked documentation directories, and copyright, changelog,
README.Debian, and TODO files will not be installed.
(An older method to accomplish the same thing, which is still
supported, is to make the documentation directory of a package be a
dangling symlink, before calling dh_installdocs.)
Install these files as documentation into the first package acted
on. (Or in all packages if -A is specified).
This is an example of a debian/package.docs file:
Note that dh_installdocs will happily copy entire directory hierarchies
if you ask it to (similar to cp -a). If it is asked to install a
directory, it will install the complete contents of the directory.
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.
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org>