[ANNOUNCE] dh_splitpackage 0.1

Zygmunt Krynicki zygmunt.krynicki at canonical.com
Fri Jun 3 01:16:28 UTC 2011

Hello everyone.

I wrote dh_splitpackage, a helper script that unambiguously splits the 
files of a binary package into multiple packages based on a 
configuration file.

The configuration file may point the primary package (the one that gets 
leftover files by default) as well as any number of additional packages 
with any number of inclusion and exclusion patterns.

The new script can be called instead of dh_install (assuming all the 
files you are interested in are already in debian/tmp/) or afterwards.

The biggest advantage compared to existing tools is clear and 
not-that-error-prone classification of files to packages. Any file that 
would be classified to more than one package (hitting patterns in both 
files) is clearly reported and prevents the package from building 
properly. In addition running the script displays each file from 
debian/tmp and the package it was classified to.

Using this script could greatly simplify many packages that currently 
rely on numerous *.install files and custom dh_install overrides in 

You can find the code at lp:~zkrynicki/+junk/dh_splitpackage (tag: 
release-0.1) The source tree also includes debian packaging that makes 
use of the new script.

Best regards
Zygmunt Krynicki

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