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dh_installinit - install service init files into package build directories
dh_installinit [debhelper options] [--name=name] [-n] [-R] [-r] [-d] [-- params]
dh_installinit is a debhelper program that is responsible for installing
init scripts with associated defaults files, as well as upstart job files,
and systemd service files into package build directories.
It also automatically generates the postinst and postrm and prerm
commands needed to set up the symlinks in /etc/rc*.d/ to start and stop
the init scripts.
If this exists, it is installed into etc/init.d/package in the package
If this exists, it is installed into etc/default/package in the package
If this exists, it is installed into etc/init/package.conf in the package
If this exists, it is installed into lib/systemd/system/package.service in
the package build directory.
If this exists, it is installed into usr/lib/tmpfiles.d/package.conf in the
package build directory. (The tmpfiles.d mechanism is currently only used
- -n, --noscripts
Do not modify postinst/postrm/prerm scripts.
- -o, --onlyscripts
Only modify postinst/postrm/prerm scripts, do not actually install
any init script, default files, upstart job or systemd service file. May be
useful if the file is shipped and/or installed by upstream in a way that
doesn't make it easy to let dh_installinit find it.
- -R, --restart-after-upgrade
Do not stop the init script until after the package upgrade has been
completed. This is different than the default behavior, which stops the
script in the prerm, and starts it again in the postinst.
This can be useful for daemons that should not have a possibly long
downtime during upgrade. But you should make sure that the daemon will not
get confused by the package being upgraded while it's running before using
- -r, --no-restart-on-upgrade
Do not stop init script on upgrade.
Do not start the init script on install or upgrade, or stop it on removal.
Only call update-rc.d. Useful for rcS scripts.
- -d, --remove-d
Remove trailing d from the name of the package, and use the result for the
filename the upstart job file is installed as in etc/init/ , and for the
filename the init script is installed as in etc/init.d and the default file
is installed as in etc/default/ . This may be useful for daemons with names
ending in d. (Note: this takes precedence over the --init-script parameter
- -uparams --update-rcd-params=params
- -- params
Pass params to update-rc.d(8). If not specified, defaults will be
passed to update-rc.d(8).
Install the init script (and default file) as well as upstart job file
using the filename name instead of the default filename, which is
the package name. When this parameter is used, dh_installinit looks
for and installs files named debian/package.name.init,
debian/package.name.default and debian/package.name.upstart
instead of the usual debian/package.init, debian/package.default and
Use scriptname as the filename the init script is installed as in
etc/init.d/ (and also use it as the filename for the defaults file, if it
is installed). If you use this parameter, dh_installinit will look to see
if a file in the debian/ directory exists that looks like
package.scriptname and if so will install it as the init script in
preference to the files it normally installs.
This parameter is deprecated, use the --name parameter instead. This
parameter is incompatible with the use of upstart jobs.
Deprecated option, ignored for compatibility.
Call the named shell function if running the init script fails. The
function should be provided in the prerm and postinst scripts, before the
Note that this command is not idempotent. dh_prep(1) 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.
Joey Hess <email@example.com>
Steve Langasek <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Michael Stapelberg <email@example.com>
Scott James Remnant <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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