dh_installdocs - install documentation into package build directories
dh_installdocs [debhelper options] [-A] [-n] [-Xitem] [file ...]
dh_installdocs is a debhelper program that is responsible for installing documentation into usr/share/doc/package in package build directories.
dh_installdocs automatically installs debian/copyright if it exists. If dh_installdocs is acting on multiple packages, debian/copyright files will be installed into all packages. However, if you need to have separate copyright files for different binary packages, you can use files named debian/package.copyright.
Any filenames specified as parameters will be installed into the first package dh_installdocs is told to act on. By default, this is the first binary package in debian/control, but if you use -p, -i, or -a flags, it will be the first package specified by those flags.
Also, debian/README.Debian (or debian/README.debian) and debian/TODO, if they exist, will be installed into the first binary package listed in debian/control, if dh_installdocs is acting on that package. Note that debian/TODO will be installed named TODO.Debian, if the package is not a debian native package. Also note that README.debian is installed as README.Debian, for consistency. Note that debian/package.README.Debian and debian/package.TODO can be used to specify files for subpackages.
Files named debian/package.docs can list other files to be installed.
Files named debian/package.doc-base, will be installed as doc-base control files, and will make this program automatically generate the postinst and prerm commands needed to interface with the doc-base package. Note that the doc-id will be determined from the "Document:" entry in the doc-base control file in question.
If your package needs to register more than one document, you need multiple files. To accomplish this, you can use files named debian/package.doc-base.*
This is an example of a debian/package.docs file:
README TODO debian/notes-for-maintainers.txt docs/manual.txt docs/manual.pdf docs/manual-html/
Note that dh_installdocs will happily copy entire directory hierarchies if you ask it to (similar to cp -a). If it is asked to install a directory, it will install the complete contents of the directory.
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.
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <email@example.com>