Package: debhelper Version: 11.1.6 Severity: wishlist Hi.
Some debhelper commands log some files as installed while they are not, so that dh_missing does not report them later. * files missing because of nodocs * files ignored because the package is not selected (-p/-N/-a/-i or similar) Should excluded files also be marked as installed? (for example, dh_installexamples does so) The selected behaviour should probably be explicit in the --exclude section of debhelper(7). Please allow me to suggest a third way: reserve --exclude for overrides of hardcoded lists, but ignore this option for explicit user selections. For example, --exclude is useful to prevent dh_compress acting on a specific file, or dh_installdocs acting on a specific debian/changelog, but "dh_installexamples --exclude=foo/bar foo" can be avoided with a more specific pattern. Even if the caller ends up generating a list, the result will probably be more maintainable that black magic inside the dh_ tool. See dh_installexamples for an example of the complexity added by --exclude.