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Clean up package build directories.

DH_CLEAN(1) Debhelper DH_CLEAN(1)


dh_clean - clean up package build directories


dh_clean [debhelper options] [-k] [-d] [-Xitem] [path ...]


dh_clean is a debhelper program that is responsible for cleaning up after a package is built. It removes the package build directories, and removes some other files including debian/files, and any detritus left behind by other debhelper commands. It also removes common files that should not appear in a Debian diff: #*# *~ DEADJOE *.orig *.rej *.SUMS TAGS .deps/* *.P *-stamp It does not run "make clean" to clean up after the build process. Use dh_auto_clean(1) to do things like that. dh_clean should be the last debhelper command run in the clean target in debian/rules.


debian/clean Can list other paths to be removed. Note that directories listed in this file must end with a trailing slash. Any content in these directories will be removed as well.


-k, --keep This is deprecated, use dh_prep(1) instead. The option is removed in compat 12. -d, --dirs-only Only clean the package build directories, do not clean up any other files at all. -Xitem --exclude=item Exclude files that contain item anywhere in their filename from being deleted, even if they would normally be deleted. You may use this option multiple times to build up a list of things to exclude. path ... Delete these paths too. Note that directories passed as arguments must end with a trailing slash. Any content in these directories will be removed as well.


debhelper(7) This program is a part of debhelper.


Joey Hess <>
11.1.6ubuntu2 2018-05-10 DH_CLEAN(1)
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dh_clean(1) referred by debhelper(7) | dh_autotools-dev_restoreconfig(1) | dh_autotools-dev_updateconfig(1)
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