dh_installinit - install init scripts into package build directories


dh_installinit [debhelper options] [--name=name] [-n] [-R] [-r] [-d] [-- params]


dh_installinit is a debhelper program that is responsible for installing init scripts and associated defaults files into package build directories.

It also automatically generates the postinst and postrm and prerm commands needed to set up the symlinks in /etc/rc*.d/ and to start and stop the init scripts.

If a file named debian/package.init exists, then it is installed into etc/init.d/package in the package build directory, with "package" replaced by the package name.

If a file named debian/package.default exists, then it is installed into etc/default/package in the package build directory, with "package" replaced by the package name.


-n, --noscripts
Do not modify postinst/postrm/prerm scripts.
-o, --onlyscripts
Only modify postinst/postrm/prerm scripts, do not actually install any init script or default files. May be useful if the init script is shipped and/or installed by upstream in a way that doesn't make it easy to let dh_installinit find it.
-R, --restart-after-upgrade

Do not stop the init script until after the package upgrade has been completed. This is different than the default behavior, which stops the script in the prerm, and starts it again in the postinst.

This can be useful for daemons that should not have a possibly long downtime during upgrade. But you should make sure that the daemon will not get confused by the package being upgraded while it's running before using this option.

-r, --no-restart-on-upgrade
Do not stop init script on upgrade.
Do not start the init script on install or upgrade, or stop it on removal. Only call update-rc.d. Useful for rcS scripts.
-d, --remove-d
Remove trailing "d" from the name of the package, and use the result for the filename the init script is installed as in etc/init.d/ , and the default file is installed as in etc/default/ . This may be useful for daemons with names ending in "d". (Note: this takes precedence over the --init-script parameter described below.)
-uparams --update-rcd-params=params
-- params
Pass "params" to update-rc.d(8). If not specified, "defaults" will be passed to update-rc.d(8).
Install the init script (and default file) using the filename name instead of the default filename, which is the package name. When this parameter is used, dh_installinit looks for and installs files named debian/ and debian/, instead of the usual debian/package.init and debian/package.default.

Use "scriptname" as the filename the init script is installed as in etc/init.d/ (and also use it as the filename for the defaults file, if it is installed). If you use this parameter, dh_installinit will look to see if a file in the debian/ directory exists that looks like "package.scriptname" and if so will install it as the init script in preference to the files it normally installs.

This parameter is deprecated, use the --name parameter instead.

Call the named shell function if running the init script fails. The function should be provided in the prerm and postinst scripts, before the #DEBHELPER# token.


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 <>