dh_auto_install - Man Page
automatically runs make install or similar
dh_auto_install [build system options] [debhelper options] [-- params]
dh_auto_install is a debhelper program that tries to automatically install built files. It does so by running the appropriate command for the build system it detects the package uses. For example, if there's a Makefile and it contains a install target, then this is done by running make (or MAKE, if the environment variable is set). If there is a setup.py or Build.PL, it is used. Note that the Ant build system does not support installation, so dh_auto_install will not install files built using Ant.
In compat 15 or later, dh_auto_install will use debian/tmp as the default --destdir and should be moved from there to the appropriate package build directory using dh_install(1) or similar tools. Though if the single-binary addon for dh(1) is activated, then it will pass an explicit --destdir=debian/package/ to dh_auto_install.
For earlier compat levels then unless --destdir option is specified, the files are installed into debian/package/ if there is only one binary package. In the multiple binary package case, the files are instead installed into debian/tmp/, and should be moved from there to the appropriate package build directory using dh_install(1) or similar tools.
DESTDIR is used to tell make where to install the files. If the Makefile was generated by MakeMaker from a Makefile.PL, it will automatically set PREFIX=/usr too, since such Makefiles need that.
This is intended to work for about 90% of packages. If it doesn't work, or tries to use the wrong install target, you're encouraged to skip using dh_auto_install at all, and just run make install manually.
See "BUILD SYSTEM OPTIONS" in debhelper(7) for a list of common build system selection and control options.
Install files into the specified directory. If this option is not specified, destination directory is determined automatically as described in the "Description" section.
- -- params
Pass params to the program that is run, after the parameters that dh_auto_install usually passes.
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <email@example.com>
debhelper(7), debhelper-compat-upgrade-checklist(7), dh(1).