Debian Bug report logs - #453693
dh_install: Keep track of installed files over binary-indep and binary-arch

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Package: debhelper; Maintainer for debhelper is Debhelper Maintainers <>; Source for debhelper is src:debhelper.

Reported by: Daniel Leidert <>

Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 16:42:01 UTC

Severity: minor

Found in version debhelper/5.0.62

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From: Daniel Leidert <>
To: Debian Bug Tracking System <>
Subject: dh_install: Keep track of installed files over binary-indep and binary-arch
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 17:33:37 +0100
Package: debhelper
Version: 5.0.62
Severity: minor

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Maybe this is a wishlist report. If yes, feel free to change the

ATM the dh_install script doesn't seem to keep track of installed files
over binary-indep and binary-arch. For example: I create arch
independent and dependent packages from a source file. Therefor I
install everything into debian/tmp and then "move" the necessary parts
via dh_install into the right packages.

First binary-indep is called, so I use the --list-missing switch for
dh_install in binary-arch. But it always warns me about the long list of
the documentation fles, that are put into the arch-indep doc package.

Now I'm not sure, what would be the best way to solve the problem. Maybe
create a temporary file ${FILELIST}.{indep,dep} depending on the -a|-i
switch of debhelper. Then say dh_install is called with the -a switch
and it should put the content os  ${FILELIST}.indep into the list of
installed files too.

I did not yet read the full ource of dh_install. Maybe you can give me a
hint, if and how you would try to solve the problem. Then I would try to
create a patch.

Regards, Daniel

- -- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (850, 'unstable'), (700, 'testing'), (550, 'stable'), (110, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.22-3-k7 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=de_DE, LC_CTYPE=de_DE (charmap=ISO-8859-1)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages debhelper depends on:
ii  binutils            2.18.1~cvs20071027-1 The GNU assembler, linker and bina
ii  coreutils           5.97-5.5             The GNU core utilities
ii  dpkg-dev            1.14.12              package building tools for Debian
ii  file                4.21-3               Determines file type using "magic"
ii  html2text           1.3.2a-3             An advanced HTML to text converter
ii  perl                5.8.8-12             Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 
ii  po-debconf          1.0.10               manage translated Debconf template

debhelper recommends no packages.

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