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dh-exec-install - Install (and possibly rename) files.


#! /usr/bin/dh-exec
debian/default.conf => /etc/my-package/start.conf
[linux-any kfreebsd-any] some-arch-specific-file /usr/lib/foo/


Being a sub-command of dh-exec(1), this program must not be ran directly, but through
dh-exec, which automatically runs all available sub-commands if run bare; or explicitly
with dh-exec --with=install.

It is meant to be used for the dh_install(1) family of files, and those alone. If it finds
that its input is not such a file, it will do nothing, but echo back the contents. For a
ful list of recognised files, see the FILE TYPES section of this manual.

The purpose of the program is to extend dh_install(1)'s functionality, by allowing to
specify a destination filename.

This can be accomplished by a special syntax: the " => " mark between a source and a
destination means that the source file should be installed with the specified destination

For obvious reasons, the source must not be a wildcard, and the destination in this case
must be a file, and not a directory.

See the FILTERING section of dh-exec(1) for more information about how lines are filtered.
Any non-comment lines without a filter will be left alone.


Due to the way executable scripts are called from debhelper(1), there is no way to know
what options were used for the original dh_install(1). This means, that the --sourcedir
option of dh_install(1) will not work correctly when dh-exec-install is in use.


The program supports dh_install(1) and dh_installmanpages(1) files only.


Internally, the renaming happens by creating a temporary directory under debian/tmp/, and
copying (or moving, if the source was under debian/tmp/ to begin with) the file there,
with the new name.

This is done this way to allow dh_install(1) to do the real copying, and allow its options
to continue working, even when renaming is involved.

The temporary directory is put under debian/tmp so that it will be cleaned by dh_prep(1)
when the clean target gets to run. Thus, no extra code is needed anywhere to clean up the
renamed files.


Indicates which directory the command-specific scripts should be sought for. If not
specified, scripts will be searched for in /usr/share/dh-exec/.

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