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       dh_make - Debianize a regular source archive


       dh_make  [-nlsmiadh] [-c license] [-e address] [-f file] [-t directory]
       [-o  directory]  [-p  name]  [--copyright  license]  [--email  address]
       [--native]  [--file  file]  [--library]  [--single]  [--multi] [--kmod]
       [--addmissing]  [--templates  directory]   [--defaultless]   [--overlay
       directory] [--packagename name] [--help] [--version]


       dh_make  is  a  tool  to convert a regular source code package into one
       formatted according to the requirements of the Debian Policy.   dh_make
       must  be  invoked  within a directory containing the source code, which
       must be named <packagename>-<version>. The <packagename>  must  be  all
       lowercase, digits and dashes. If the directory name does not conform to
       this scheme, you must rename it before using  dh_make.   Alternatively,
       you  may  be  able to use the --packagename option to force the package


       Single binary (s)
              The package will generate a single binary .deb  package.  It  is
              the standard case, so if you don’t know what to do, choose this.

       Multiple binary (m)
              The package will generate multiple binary .deb packages from one
              source  package. Choose this for larger packages that need to be

       Library (l)
              The package will generate at least  two  binaries.  One  library
              package   containing  just  the  lib  in  /usr/lib  and  another
              *-dev_*.deb package containing documentation and C headers.

       Kernel module (k)
              The package will generate a  binary-all  kernel  module  -source
              package  for use with the make-kpkg command. It also generates a
              binary package for additional utilities, daemons, etc. that  may
              come with the source.

       cdbs (b)
              The  package will be build using the Common Debian Build System.
              CDBS provides a sane set of default rules  upon  which  packages
              can build.


       dh_make   copies  the  archive  on  the  higher  directory  level  into
       <packagename>-<version>.orig if that directory does not exist.  If  the
       -f  option  is supplied, the specified file name is taken as the source
       archive.  The original archive is needed  for  other  Debian  tools  to
       generate  the  diffs  to  the  original  sources required by the Debian
       packaging format.

       Then dh_make proceeds to  generate  a  "debian"  subdirectory  and  the
       necessary  control files in the program source directory. Those control
       files are customized with the packagename and  version  extracted  from
       the  directory  name.  The  username  is  looked  up in the environment
       variable $DEBFULLNAME if this exists.  If not the environment  variable
       $LOGNAME  is  used  to find a name in the /etc/passwd file, and through
       NIS, YP and LDAP.  The e-mail address is found in the  environment  and
       /etc/mailname.   $EMAIL or $DEBEMAIL is set, or the -e (--email) option
       is supplied, then that e-mail address is used for the e-mail address of
       the  maintainer  (instead  of  looking  it  up  in  the environment. An
       example, for bash:

       export DEBEMAIL=""

       dh_make will also generate example files that are also  customized  for
       the  package generated. You can remove all files with *.ex if you wish.
       You can also delete the README.Debian file if you don’t  have  anything
       to put in it.  Renaming the example files to their name without the .ex
       at the end (and editing them if necessary) will activate  that  feature
       of debhelper.

       If  the --templates or -o (--overlay) option is used dh_make will apply
       a customizing template to the "debian"  directory.  See  the  templates
       described in the FILES section of this manpage for samples.


       -c, --copyright <license>
              Use  <license>  type  in  copyright file.  <license> can be gpl,
              lgpl, artistic or bsd.  If  this  field  is  not  specified  the
              copyright  file  has a space to fill in which sort of license is
              used. The field is case-insensitive so -c GPL works as  well  as
              -c gpl.

       -e, --email <address>
              Use  <address> as the e-mail address in the Maintainer: field of
              debian/control file.

       -n, --native
              Create a native Debian packages, i.e. do not  generate  a  .orig
              archive,  since  it  will  be generated when building with dpkg-
              buildpackage.   The  version  number  will  not  have  a  Debian
              revision number (e.g. -1) appended to it.

       -f, --file <file>
              Use  <file> as the original source archive, and skip the copying
              of the current program tree to program.orig.

       -l, --library
              Automatically set the package class  to  Library,  skipping  the

       -s, --single
              Automatically  set  the package class to Single binary, skipping
              the question.

       -m, --multi
              Automatically set the package class to Multiple binary, skipping
              the question.

       -k, --kmod
              Automatically  set  the package class to Kernel module, skipping
              the question.

       -b, --cdbs
              Automatically set package class to cdbs, skipping the  question.

       -a, --addmissing
              Adds  missing  example  and  control files on an existing debian
              source directory.

       -t, --templates <directory>
              Applies the customizing templates in <directory> to  the  debian

       -o, --overlay <directory>
              Applies   a   customization   template  to  an  existing  debian

       -p, --packagename <name>
              Force the package name to be  <name>,  good  for  packages  with
              hyphens in their name or other strangeness.

       -d, --defaultless
              Skips  applying  the  default  templates  to  the  target debian

       -h, --help
              Display the name, version, available options  and  authors,  and
              exit successfully.

       -v, --version
              Show the program name and version, and exit successfully.


              Directory that contains all the template files, separated in six
              directories:  debian/  with  files  for  all  package   classes,
              debians/  with  files  specific  to  the  Single  binary  class,
              debianm/ with files  specific  to  the  Multiple  binary  class,
              debianl/  with files specific to the Library class, and finally,
              native/ with files  specific  to  the  native  Debian  packages.
              licenses/  template  files  for the more common licenses used in
              Debian packages


       dpkg(1),     dpkg-buildpackage(1),     debhelper(1),      make-kpkg(1),

       You  may also want to read the Debian Policy (in /usr/share/doc/debian-
       policy) and the New Maintainers’ Guide (in /usr/share/doc/maint-guide).


       Christoph  Lameter  <> wrote the original script, in
       Craig Small <> made many enhancements to  the  script,
       and later rewrote it in perl.
       Bruce  Sass <> added support for customization templates.