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dh_metainit - install metainit files into package build directories

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dh_metainit - install metainit files into package build directories


dh_metainit [debhelper options] [--name=name] [ -n] [-o]


dh_metainit is a debhelper program that is responsible for installing metainit files (for further creation of initscripts via the update-metainit facility) into package build directories.
It also automatically generates the postinst and postrm and prerm commands needed to create the appropriate initscripts for the init system employed on the user machine.
Important: If generated postinst script finds /etc/init.d/ or /etc/default files with the same name as the shipped metainit files, and these are conffiles from non-installed packages (probably earlier version of this package) they are removed (or renamed if the user has modified them). This works only if the name of the new metainit is the same as the name of the old init.d and default file, otherwise you will have to remove these files yourself. See for that.
If a file named debian/package.metainit exists, then it is installed into etc/metainit/package in the package build directory, with "package" replaced by the package name.


-n, --noscripts
Do not modify postinst/postrm/prerm scripts.
-o, --onlyscripts
Only modify postinst/postrm/prerm scripts, do not actually install any metainit files. May be useful if the init script is shipped and/or installed by upstream in a way that doesn't make it easy to let dh_metainit find it.
Install the metainit script using the filename name instead of the default filename, which is the package name. When this parameter is used, dh_metainit looks for and installs files named debian/, instead of the usual debian/package.init.
Call the named shell function if running the init script fails. The function should be provided in the prerm and postinst scripts, before the #DEBHELPER# token.


Note that this command is not idempotent. "dh_clean -k" should be called between invocations of this command. Otherwise, it may cause multiple instances of the same text to be added to maintainer scripts.


This program is a part of debhelper.


Urs Ganse <> based on dh_installinit by Joey Hess <>
2007-07-30 perl v5.8.8