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       dh_installman - install man pages into package build directories


       dh_installman [debhelperoptions] [manpage...]


       dh_installman is a debhelper program that handles installing man pages
       into the correct locations in package build directories. You tell it
       what man pages go in your packages, and it figures out where to install
       them based on the section field in their .TH line. If you have a
       properly formatted .TH line, your man page will be installed into the
       right directory, with the right name (this includes proper handling of
       pages with a subsection, like "3perl", which are placed in man3, and
       given an extension of ".3perl"). If your .TH line is incorrect or
       missing, the program may guess wrong based on the file extension.

       It also supports translated man pages, by looking for extensions like
       .ll.8 and .ll_LL.8, or by use of the --language switch.

       If dh_installman seems to install a man page into the wrong section or
       with the wrong extension, this is because the man page has the wrong
       section listed in its .TH line. Edit the man page and correct the
       section, and dh_installman will follow suit.  See man(7) for details
       about the .TH section. If dh_installman seems to install a man page
       into a directory like /usr/share/man/pl/man1/, that is because your
       program has a name like "", and dh_installman assumes that means
       it is translated into Polish. Use --language=C to avoid this.

       After the man page installation step, dh_installman will check to see
       if any of the man pages in the temporary directories of any of the
       packages it is acting on contain ".so" links. If so, it changes them to

       Also, dh_installman will use man to guess the character encoding of
       each manual page and convert it to UTF-8. If the guesswork fails for
       some reason, you can override it using an encoding declaration. See
       manconv(1) for details.


           Lists man pages to be installed.


       -A, --all
           Install all files specified by command line parameters in ALL
           packages acted on.

           Use this to specify that the man pages being acted on are written
           in the specified language.

       manpage ...
           Install these man pages into the first package acted on. (Or in all
           packages if -A is specified).


       An older version of this program, dh_installmanpages(1), is still used
       by some packages, and so is still included in debhelper.  It is,
       however, deprecated, due to its counterintuitive and inconsistent
       interface. Use this program instead.



       This program is a part of debhelper.


       Joey Hess <>