dh_installinit man page

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 build directory.
If this exists, it is installed into etc/default/package in the package build directory.
If this exists, it is installed into etc/init/package.conf in the package build directory.
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 by systemd.)


-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 this option.
-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 described below.)
-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 debian/package.upstart.
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.
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_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.

See Also


This program is a part of debhelper.


Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>

Steve Langasek <steve.langasek@canonical.com>

Michael Stapelberg <stapelberg@debian.org>

Referenced By


Explore man page connections for dh_installinit(1).

Debhelper 9.20150628 2015-05-15