DH_USRLOCAL(1) Debhelper DH_USRLOCAL(1)
dh_usrlocal - migrate usr/local directories to maintainer scripts
dh_usrlocal [debhelperoptions] [-n]
dh_usrlocal is a debhelper program that can be used for building
packages that will provide a subdirectory in /usr/local when installed.
It finds subdirectories of usr/local in the package build directory,
and removes them, replacing them with maintainer script snippets
(unless -n is used) to create the directories at install time, and
remove them when the package is removed, in a manner compliant with
Debian policy. These snippets are inserted into the maintainer scripts
by dh_installdeb. See dh_installdeb(1) for an explanation of debhelper
maintainer script snippets.
When the DEB_RULES_REQUIRES_ROOT environment variable is not
(effectively) binary-targets, the directories in /usr/local will be
handled as if they were owned by root:root (see below).
When the DEB_RULES_REQUIRES_ROOT environment variable has an effective
value of binary-targets, the owners, groups and permissions will be
preserved with the sole exception where the directory is owned by
If a directory is owned by root:root, then ownership will be determined
at install time. The ownership and permission bits will either be
root:root mode 0755 or root:staff mode 02775. The actual choice
depends on whether the system has /etc/staff-group-for-usr-local (as
documented in the Debian Policy Manual S9.1.2 since version 4.1.4)
Do not modify postinst/prerm scripts.
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.
Debian policy, version 2.2
This program is a part of debhelper.
Andrew Stribblehill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
11.3.5 2018-06-30 DH_USRLOCAL(1)