dh_compress - compress files and fix symlinks in package build directories
] [ file
is a debhelper program that is responsible for compressing
the files in package build directories, and makes sure that any symlinks that
pointed to the files before they were compressed are updated to point to the
By default, dh_compress
compresses files that Debian policy mandates
should be compressed, namely all files in usr/share/info
, files in usr/share/doc
that are larger than 4k in
size, (except the copyright
and other web files,
image files, and files that appear to be already compressed based on their
extensions), and all changelog
files. Plus PCF fonts underneath
- These files are deprecated.
If this file exists, the default files are not compressed. Instead, the file
is ran as a shell script, and all filenames that the shell script outputs
will be compressed. The shell script will be run from inside the package
build directory. Note though that using -X is a much better idea in
general; you should only use a debian/package.compress file if you
really need to.
- -Xitem, --exclude=item
- Exclude files that contain item anywhere in their filename from
being compressed. For example, -X.tiff will exclude TIFF files from
compression. You may use this option multiple times to build up a list of
things to exclude.
- -A, --all
- Compress all files specified by command line parameters in ALL packages
- file ...
- Add these files to the list of files to compress.
Debian policy, version 3.0
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org>