dh_installman - install man pages into package build directories
is a debhelper program that handles installing man pages
into the correct locations in package build directories. You tell it what man
pages go in your packages, and it figures out where to install them based on
the section field in their .TH
line. If you have a
properly formatted .TH
line, your man page will be
installed into the right directory, with the right name (this includes proper
handling of pages with a subsection, like 3perl
, which are placed in
, and given an extension of .3perl
). If your .TH
line is incorrect or missing, the program may guess wrong based on
the file extension.
It also supports translated man pages, by looking for extensions like
, or by use of the --language
seems to install a man page into the wrong section or
with the wrong extension, this is because the man page has the wrong section
listed in its .TH
line. Edit the man page and correct the
section, and dh_installman
will follow suit. See man(7)
details about the .TH
section, and mdoc(7)
for the .Dt
section. If dh_installman
seems to install a man page into a directory
, that is because your program has a name
, and dh_installman
assumes that means it is
translated into Polish. Use --language=C
to avoid this.
After the man page installation step, dh_installman
will check to see if
any of the man pages in the temporary directories of any of the packages it is
acting on contain .so
links. If so, it changes them to symlinks.
will use man to guess the character encoding of each
manual page and convert it to UTF-8. If the guesswork fails for some reason,
you can override it using an encoding declaration. See manconv
- Lists man pages to be installed.
- -A, --all
- Install all files specified by command line parameters in ALL packages
- Use this to specify that the man pages being acted on are written in the
- manpage ...
- Install these man pages into the first package acted on. (Or in all
packages if -A is specified).
An older version of this program, dh_installmanpages(1)
, is still used by
some packages, and so is still included in debhelper. It is, however,
deprecated, due to its counterintuitive and inconsistent interface. Use this
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <email@example.com>