dpkg-maintscript-helper - Linux


dpkg-maintscript-helper simplifies maintenance script generation for Debian packages. It assists in creating scripts for common tasks like installing, removing, configuring, and launching applications.


dpkg-maintscript-helper [options] command [files...]


  • -i, –install
    Create an install script.
  • -u, –upgrade
    Create an upgrade script.
  • -r, –remove
    Create a remove script.
  • -c, –configure
    Create a configure script.
  • -p, –post-install
    Create a post-install script.
  • -e, –post-remove
    Create a post-remove script.
  • -b, –build
    Create a build script.
  • -t, –binary-architecture
    Architecture for binary files.
  • -d, –source-directory
    Directory where source files are located.


Create Install Script

dpkg-maintscript-helper -i hello_1.0-1_amd64.deb

Create Configure Script

dpkg-maintscript-helper -c hello_1.0-1_amd64.deb

Create Post-Remove Script

dpkg-maintscript-helper -e hello_1.0-1_amd64.deb

Common Issues

  • Ensure the package has a valid Maintainer field in its control file.
  • Specify the correct architecture for binary files using -t.
  • Verify that the source directory exists and contains the necessary files.


dpkg-maintscript-helper can be used with other tools for automated package management:

  • dpkg: Generate scripts for Debian packages.
  • debian/rules: Include generated scripts in package build scripts.

Related Commands

  • dpkg
  • dpkg-deb
  • dpkg-buildpackage