Provided by: debhelper_7.0.13ubuntu1_all bug


       dh_compress - compress files and fix symlinks in package build


       dh_compress [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, files in usr/share/doc that are larger
       than 4k in size, (except the copyright file, .html and .css files, and
       files that appear to be already compressed based on their extensions),
       and all changelog files. Plus PCF fonts underneath
       usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/ and usr/share/fonts/X11/

       If a debian/package.compress file exists, the default files are not
       compressed. Instead, the debian/packages.compress is ran as a shell
       script, and all filenames that the shell script outputs will be
       compressed.  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 need


       -Xitem, --exclude=item
           Exclude files that contain "item" anywhere in their filename from
           being compressed. For example, -X.jpeg will exclude jpeg files 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.

       -A, --all
           Compress all files specified by command line parameters in ALL
           packages acted on.

       file ...
           Add these files to the list of files to compress.


       Debian policy, version 3.0



       This program is a part of debhelper.


       Joey Hess <>