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       jh_manifest - Adds or/and modifies manifests for jars


       jh_manifest  [debhelperoptions]  [options]  jar1 ... jarN jh_manifest
       [debhelperoptions]  [options]


       Javahelper tool to add or update manifests in a jar file. It can be
       used in two modes. If passed jar files, it will only process these jar
       files. Otherwise it will update all jar files in the packages it acts

       When processing a package, the debhelper(7) exclude option will make
       jh_manifest ignore matching jar files.


       debian/package.manifest (or debian/manifest)
           This file consist of a list of jar files and values to add to their
           manifests. Values in this file will take precedence over values in
           the original manifest (and command line arguments over values in
           this file).

           It is allowed to list a link in this file instead of an actual jar
           file, provided that the link can be resolved when jh_manifest
           processes it.

           If a jar file is listed here cannot be found, jh_manifest will
           print a warning, unless the jar file has been excluded.

           As of javahelper >= 0.32, you may add comments in this file. If the
           line starts with a "#" it is completely ignored.

           This file is ignored if jh_manifest is passed jar files via command


       -c classpath, --classpath=classpath
           Sets the Class-Path attribute of all processed jar files to

           If not passed, then the CLASSPATH environment variable will be used
           in the given jar file do not have a Class-Path attribute.

       -m class, --main=class
           Sets the Main-Class attribute to class in all processed jar files.

       -o options, --javaopts=options
           Sets the Debian-Java-Parameters to options in all processed jar
           files. This attribute is used by jarwrapper to start java with
           extra options (e.g. to make more memory available).

       -j /path/to/java/home, --java-home=/path/to/java/home
           Sets the Debian-Java-Home attribute to /path/to/java/home in all
           processed jars. This attribute is used by jarwrapper to determine
           which JVM to use.


       An example debian/manifest file:

        # use the symlink so we do not have to update with the next upstream release.
         Class-Path: dep1.jar dep2.jar
         Main-Class: some.awesome.Class
         Class-Path: dep1.jar



       This program is a part of javahelper and uses debhelper as backend.
       There are also tutorials in /usr/share/doc/javahelper.


       Niels Thykier <>


       Copyright 2010 by Niels Thykier

       This tool is free software; you may redistribute it and/or modify it
       under the terms of GNU GPL 2.