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perform cleanups in preparation for building a binary package


dh_prep [debhelper options] [-Xitem]

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dh_prep is a debhelper program that performs some file cleanups in preparation for building a binary package. (This is what dh_clean -k used to do.) It removes the package build directories, debian/tmp, and some temp files that are generated when building a binary package.

It is typically run at the top of the binary-arch and binary-indep targets, or at the top of a target such as install that they depend on.


-Xitem --exclude=item

Exclude files that contain item anywhere in their filename from being deleted, even if they would normally be deleted. You may use this option multiple times to build up a list of things to exclude.

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This program is a part of debhelper.


Joey Hess <joeyh[:at:]debian[:dot:]org>

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