dh_auto_install - automatically runs make install or similar


dh_auto_install [debhelper options] [-- params]


dh_auto_install is a debhelper program that tries to automatically install built files. If there's a Makefile and it contains a "install" target, then this is done by running make (or MAKE, if the environment variable is set). If there is a or Build.PL, it is used.

The files are installed into debian/<package>/ if there is only one binary package. In the multiple binary package case, the files are instead installed into debian/tmp/, and should be moved from there to the appropriate package build directory using dh_install(1) or dh_movefiles(1).

DESTDIR is used to tell make where to install the files. If the Makefile was generated by MakeMaker from a Makefile.PL, it will automatically set PREFIX=/usr too, since such Makefiles need that.

This is intended to work for about 90% of packages. If it doesn't work, or tries to use the wrong clean target, you're encouraged to skip using dh_auto_install at all, and just run make install manually.


-- params
Pass "params" to the program that is run. These can be used to suppliment or override the any standard parameters that dh_auto_clean passes.



This program is a part of debhelper.


Joey Hess <>