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I have a package that incorporates an auto-generated debian/package.postinst.debhelper file into the generated binary. When I put my own code into a file at debian/package.postinst, the auto-generated file is no longer incorporated into the resulting binary.

How do I add custom code to the postinst file in the generated package without blocking the use of the auto-generated code?

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Your postinst script should included a #DEBHELPER# token if you are using any debhelper commands that might modify it. It will get replaced in the resulting script by the auto-generated content. See manpage for the dh_installdeb command Manpage icon

For example:

#!/bin/sh
# postinst script for webpy-example
#
# see: dh_installdeb(1)

set -e

# summary of how this script can be called:
#        * <postinst> `configure' <most-recently-configured-version>
#        * <old-postinst> `abort-upgrade' <new version>
#        * <conflictor's-postinst> `abort-remove' `in-favour' <package>
#          <new-version>
#        * <postinst> `abort-remove'
#        * <deconfigured's-postinst> `abort-deconfigure' `in-favour'
#          <failed-install-package> <version> `removing'
#          <conflicting-package> <version>
# for details, see http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ or
# the debian-policy package

# source debconf library
. /usr/share/debconf/confmodule

# Source dbconfig-common functions
if [ -f /usr/share/dbconfig-common/dpkg/postinst.pgsql  ]; then
  . /usr/share/dbconfig-common/dpkg/postinst.pgsql
fi

case "$1" in

  configure)
    # Set up our config for apache
    /bin/cp /usr/share/webpy-example/postinstall/webpy-config /etc/apache2/conf.d/
    /usr/sbin/a2enmod wsgi
    /usr/sbin/a2enmod rewrite
    /etc/init.d/apache2 reload

    # set up database
    dbc_pgsql_createdb_encoding="UTF8"
    dbc_generate_include=template:/usr/share/webpy-example/lib/credentials.py
    dbc_generate_include_args="-U -o template_infile='/usr/share/doc/webpy-example/credentials_template.py'"
    dbc_generate_include_owner="root:www-data"
    dbc_generate_include_perms="0660"
    dbc_go webpy-example $@ || true
  ;;

  abort-upgrade|abort-remove|abort-deconfigure)
    exit 0
  ;;

  *)
    echo "postinst called with unknown argument \`$1'" >&2
    exit 1
  ;;

esac

# dh_installdeb will replace this with shell code automatically
# generated by other debhelper scripts.

#DEBHELPER#

db_stop

exit 0
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