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-.TH DH_COMPRESS 1 "" "Debhelper Commands" "Debhelper Commands"
-dh_compress \- compress files and fix symlinks in package build directories
-.B dh_compress
-.I "[debhelper options] [-Xitem] [-A] [file ...]"
-dh_compress is a debhelper program that is responsible for compressing
-the files in package build directories, and makes sure that any symlinks
-that pointed to the files before they were compressed are updated to point
-to the new files.
-By default, dh_compress compresses files that debian policy mandates should
-be compressed, namely all files in usr/share/info, usr/share/man,
-usr/X11R6/man, and all files in usr/share/doc that are larger than 4k in size,
-(except the copyright file, .html files and .gif files), and all changelog
-files. It skips any files that appear to be already compressed (based on their
-If a debian/package.compress file exists, however, it will be ran as a shell
-script, and all filenames that the shell script outputs will be compressed
-instead of the default files. Note that the shell script will be run from
-inside the package build directory. Note though that using -X is a much
-better idea in general; you should only use a debian/package.compress file if
-you really have to.
-.B debhelper options
-.BR debhelper (1)
-for a list of options common to all debhelper commands.
-.B \-Xitem, \--exclude=item
-Exclude files that contain "item" anywhere in their filename from being
-compressed. For example, -X.jpeg will exclude jpeg's from compression.
-You may use this option multiple times to build up a list of things to
-exclude. You can accomplish the same thing by using a debian/compress file,
-but this is easier.
-.B \-A, \--all
-Compress all files specified by command line parameters in ALL packages
-acted on.
-.B file ...
-Add these files to the list of files to compress.
-.BR debhelper (1)
-for a list of environment variables that affect all debhelper commands.
-.BR debhelper (1)
-Filenames with spaces in them may not properly be compressed.
-Debian policy, version
-Joey Hess <>