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       install-docs - manage online Debian documentation


        install-docs [options] -i,--install | -r,--remove | -c,--check file [ file ... ]

        install-docs [options] -I,--install-all | -C,--install-changed | -R,--remove-all

        install-docs [options] -s,--status docid [ docid ... ]

        install-docs [options] --dump-db dbname

        install-docs -h,--help | -V,--version


       install-docs is a tool allow Debian package maintainers to register
       documentation to various documentation systems.  It currently supports
       dhelp,  dwww, doc-central, and scrollkeeper browsers.

       This manual page provides a quick synopsis of install-docs usage.  Full
       documentation can be found in the documentation, including a
       description of the control file syntax and grammar.


       -v, --verbose
           Operate verbosely.

       -d, --debug
           Print some debugging informations.

           Inhibit running dwww-build-menu(8), dhelp_parse(8), and

       --rootdir dir
           Set the root directory to dir instead of ‘/’. Useful and valid only
           with the --check action.


       Below is list of possible actions install-docs could handle. There can
       be only one action option passed to install-docs, moreover the action
       with its arguments must be the last option passed.

       Each file argument should be the full path for the doc-base control
       file (i.e.  ‘/usr/share/doc-base/some_file’ or
       ‘/etc/doc-base/documents/some_file’), and each docid should be the
       document identifier (Document identifiers are set in the ‘Document’
       field of the control file, and usually correspond to the package name.)

       If file or docid equals ‘-’ (the minus sign), the list of arguments is
       read from the standard input (each file name or document id in separate

       -i file [file ...],  --install file [file ...]
           Install the documentation described by the control file file.

       -r file [file ...],  --remove file [file ...]
           Remove the documentation identified by the control file file.

       -c file [file ...],  --check file [file ...]
           Check the control file file and display number of possible problems
           found.  Use with --verbose to get the actual locations of errors
           and warnings.  If --rootdir was also given, its argument will be
           prepended to names of the files given if the ‘Files’ and ‘Index’
           fields of the file.

       -R,  --remove-all
           De-register all registered documents.

       -I, --install-all
           (Re)register all documents from /usr/share/doc-base and

       -C, --install-changed
           Compare contents of /usr/share/doc-base and /etc/doc-base/documents
           directories with registered documents database and de-register any
           files that are missing and (re)register only changed or new files.

       -s docid [docid ...], --status docid [docid ...]
           Display the status of the document identifier docid.

       -L docid [docid ...], --listfiles docid [docid ...]
           Deprecated option. Does nothing.

       --dump-db dbname
           Dumps contents of internal databases, for debugging purposes.
           dbname can be either files.db or status.db.

       -h, --help
           Show a short help message.

       -V, --version
           Display version infromation


       The following features were added in version 0.8.4, please make sure to
       add proper ‘Conflicts’ or ‘Depends’ lines if you would like to use them
       in your package’s scripts:

       ·   support for passing more than one argument to the -i and -r

       ·   reading arguments from the standard input,

       ·   -I,--install-all, -R, ---remove-all, -c, --check actions,

       ·   -d, --debug, -h, --help options.

       The -C, --install-changed, --dump-db, -V, --version options were added
       in 0.8.12.


           The location of doc-base control files provided by various

           The location of doc-base control files provided by local

           The location of registered control files.

           Statuses of registered documents.

           Timestamps and documents ids of registered doc-base files.

           The location of generated scrollkeeper OMF files.  Note:
           /usr/share/omf/doc-base should be a symbolic link pointing to the


       See <>.


       dhelp(1), doccentral(1), dwww(7), scrollkeeper(7), Debian doc-base
       Manual /usr/share/doc/doc-base/doc-base.html/index.html


       This program was originally written by Christian Schwarz
       <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system, and the next
       maintainer was Adam Di Carlo <>.  Robert Luberda
       <> is currently maintaining and extending it.

       This software was meant to be for the benefit of the entire Debian user
       and developer community.  If you are interested in being involved with
       this software, please join the mailing list