Debhelper v3 is a major new revision of debhelper. Currently, v3 is still
being worked on, and will change in drastic ways without notice. This
*will* break packages that use it, so don't, unless you like riding the
To enable debhelper v3 features (do this with *caution*), set DH_COMPAT=3 in
your debian/rules. Also, it is a very good idea to add a call to your
debian/rules like this:
To ensure that your package won't be built with some old version of
debhelper that ignores the DH_COMPAT flag.
Here are the changes I'm planning to make to debhelper for v3, based on
prior discussion on debian-devel.
Items marked with a + are done. All others will happen as soon as I can code
* dh_installmanpages will be made into a non-DWIM program, so you'll have to
specify all man pages to install and possibly where to put them. This may
look something like:
dh_installmanpages -x xterm.1 xfoo.1 xbar.man
dh_installmanpages --section=8 su.man
Ok, there's a _little_ DWIM left in there, it'll be smart enough to munge
the .man filenames properly. It'll probably just assume all man pages have
an extension, and delete that extentation, and add the correct one.
+ debian/README is installed as /usr/share/doc/<package>/README in
native packages, and as README.Debian in non-native packages. This is
consistent with the handing of debian/TODO and debian/changelog.
* There will be no change to the names of debhelper config files used, I've
decided against debian/<package>/* and the like, because although those
subdirs do work, they're not allowed by the packaging manual, and they'd
make source unpacking by hand a lot harder. I will leave these files
completly as they are now. However, I will remove most of the language
documenting that debian/<foo> works, and will deprecate that usage.
debian/<package>.<foo> will be preferred even in single binary packages.
+ Every file in etc/ is automatically flagged as a conffile by dh_installdeb.
* Debhelper config files will support globbing via * and ?, when
appropriate. To turn this off and use those changarcters raw, just quote
+ dh_makeshlibs will generate autoscript fragments for ldconfig. This will
require you call it before dh_installdeb.