dh_auto_install − automatically runs make install or similar
dh_auto_install [buildsystemoptions] [debhelperoptions] [−−params]
dh_auto_install is a debhelper program that tries to automatically install built files. It does so by running the
appropriate command for the build system it detects the package uses. For example, 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 setup.py or Build.PL, it is used. Note that the Ant build system does not support
installation, so dh_auto_install will not install files built using Ant.
Unless −−destdir option is specified, 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).
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 install
target, you’re encouraged to skip using dh_auto_install at all, and just run make install manually.
See ‘‘BUILD SYSTEM OPTIONS’’ in debhelper (7) for a list of common build system selection and control
Install files into the specified directory. If this option is not specified, destination directory is
determined automatically as described in the ‘‘DESCRIPTION’’ section.
Pass ‘‘params’’ to the program that is run. These can be used to supplement or override the any
standard parameters that dh_auto_install passes.
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org>