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dh_usrlocal: migrate usr/local directories to maintainer scripts


dh_usrlocal - migrate usr/local directories to maintainer scripts


dh_usrlocal [debhelperĀ options] [-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 Rules-Requires-Root field is not (effectively) binary-targets, the directories in /usr/local will have ownership root:staff and the mode will be 02775. These values have been chosen to comply with the recommendations of the Debian policy for directories in /usr/local.

When Rules-Requires-Root has an effective value of binary-targets, the owners, groups and permissions will be preserved with one exception. If the directory is owned by root:root, then ownership will be reset to root:staff and mode will be reset to 02775. This is useful, since that is the group and mode policy recommends for directories in /usr/local.


-n, --no-scripts
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


Andrew Stribblehill <ads [at] debian.org>



This program is a part of debhelper.