dh_movefiles - move files out of debian/tmp into subpackages
dh_movefiles [debhelper options] [--sourcedir=dir] [-Xitem] file ...]
dh_movefiles is a debhelper program that is responsible for moving files out of debian/tmp or some other directory and into other package build directories. This may be useful if your package has a Makefile that installs everything into debian/tmp, and you need to break that up into subpackages.
Files named debian/package.files list the files to be moved, separated by whitespace. The filenames listed should be relative to debian/tmp/. You can also list directory names, and the whole directory will be moved. If you prefer, you can list the files to move on the command line and this will apply to the first package dh_movefiles is told to act on.
Note: dh_install is a much better program, and you are recommended to use it instead of dh_movefiles.
Note that files are always moved out of debian/tmp by default (even if you have instructed debhelper to use a compatibility level higher than one, which does not otherwise use debian/tmp for anything at all). The idea behind this is that the package that is being built can be told to install into debian/tmp, and then files can be moved by dh_movefiles from that directory. Any files or directories that remain are ignored, and get deleted by dh_clean later.
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org>