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@@ -491,8 +491,14 @@ Anything in this variable will be prepended to the command line arguments
of all debhelper commands. Command-specific options will be ignored by
commands that do not support them.
-This is useful in some situations, for example, if you need to pass -p to
-all debhelper commands that will be run. One good way to set DH_OPTIONS is
+Arguments are separated by whitespaces unless a whitespace is escaped
+with a backslash character (\). Then the whitespace is treated literally.
+Likewise, the backslash character is treated literally unless it is followed
+by a single whitespace. If a backslash is followed by two or more spaces,
+it will be considered as the last symbol of the argument.
+
+DH_OPTIONS is useful in some situations, for example, if you need to pass -p
+to all debhelper commands that will be run. One good way to set DH_OPTIONS is
by using "Target-specific Variable Values" in your debian/rules file. See
the make documentation for details on doing this.