dh_testroot man page

dh_testroot — ensure that a package is built with necessary level of root permissions


dh_testroot [debhelper options]


dh_testroot is used to determine if the package has access to at least the level of root access that it declared it needed via the Rules-Requires-Root (R³) field.

The following is how dh_testroot behaves based on the effective value of the R³ field:


dh_testroot asserts that it is run as root or under fakeroot(1).


dh_testroot returns successfully.

Any other value than the above

dh_testroot asserts that it is either run as root (or under fakeroot(1)) or the builder has provided the DEB_GAIN_ROOT_CMD environment variable (e.g. via dpkg-buildpackage -r).

For backwards compatibility, dh_testroot will consider the absence of the R³ field as if the R³ field was set to "binary-targets".

See Also


This program is a part of debhelper.


Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>

Referenced By


2018-01-07 11.1.2 Debhelper