DH_INSTALLDEB(1) Debhelper DH_INSTALLDEB(1)
dh_installdeb - install files into the DEBIAN directory
dh_installdeb is a debhelper program that is responsible for installing
files into the DEBIAN directories in package build directories with the
These maintainer scripts are installed into the DEBIAN directory.
Inside the scripts, the token #DEBHELPER# is replaced with shell
script snippets generated by other debhelper commands.
These control files are installed into the DEBIAN directory.
Note that package.shlibs is only installed in compat level 9 and
earlier. In compat 10, please use dh_makeshlibs(1).
Historically, this file was needed to manually mark files files as
conffiles. However, it has become de facto obsolete since
debhelper automatically computed which files should be marked as
In compatibility level up and including 11, this control file will
be installed into the DEBIAN directory. In compatibility level 12
and later, the file is silently ignored.
Lines in this file correspond to dpkg-maintscript-helper(1)
commands and parameters. However, the "maint-script-parameters"
should not be included as debhelper will add those automatically.
rm_conffile /etc/obsolete.conf 0.2~ foo
rm_conffile /etc/obsolete.conf 0.2~ foo -- "$@"
In compat 10 or later, any shell metacharacters will be escaped, so
arbitrary shell code cannot be inserted here. For example, a line
such as "mv_conffile /etc/oldconffile /etc/newconffile" will insert
maintainer script snippets into all maintainer scripts sufficient
to move that conffile.
It was also the intention to escape shell metacharacters in
previous compat levels. However, it did not work properly and as
such it was possible to embed arbitrary shell code in earlier
The dh_installdeb tool will do some basic validation of some of the
commands listed in this file to catch common mistakes. The
validation is enabled as a warning since compat 10 and as a hard
error in compat 12.
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <email@example.com>
12 2018-12-24 DH_INSTALLDEB(1)