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DH_LINK(1)				    Debhelper				       DH_LINK(1)

NAME
       dh_link - create symlinks in package build directories

SYNOPSIS
       dh_link [debhelperoptions] [-A] [-Xitem] [sourcedestination...]

DESCRIPTION
       dh_link is a debhelper program that creates symlinks in package build directories.

       dh_link accepts a list of pairs of source and destination files. The source files are the
       already existing files that will be symlinked from. The destination files are the symlinks
       that will be created. There must be an equal number of source and destination files
       specified.

       Be sure you do specify the full filename to both the source and destination files (unlike
       you would do if you were using something like ln(1)).

       dh_link will generate symlinks that comply with Debian policy - absolute when policy says
       they should be absolute, and relative links with as short a path as possible. It will also
       create any subdirectories it needs to to put the symlinks in.

       dh_link also scans the package build tree for existing symlinks which do not conform to
       Debian policy, and corrects them (v4 or later).

FILES
       debian/package.links
	   Lists pairs of source and destination files to be symlinked. Each pair should be put
	   on its own line, with the source and destination separated by whitespace.

OPTIONS
       -A, --all
	   Create any links specified by command line parameters in ALL packages acted on, not
	   just the first.

       -Xitem, --exclude=item
	   Do not correct symlinks that contain item anywhere in their filename from being
	   corrected to comply with Debian policy.

       source destination ...
	   Create a file named destination as a link to a file named source. Do this in the
	   package build directory of the first package acted on.  (Or in all packages if -A is
	   specified.)

EXAMPLES
	dh_link usr/share/man/man1/foo.1 usr/share/man/man1/bar.1

       Make bar.1 be a symlink to foo.1

	dh_link var/lib/foo usr/lib/foo \
	  usr/share/man/man1/foo.1 usr/share/man/man1/bar.1

       Make /usr/lib/foo/ be a link to /var/lib/foo/, and bar.1 be a symlink to the foo.1

SEE ALSO
       debhelper(7)

       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR
       Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>

8.9.0ubuntu2.1				    2012-06-12				       DH_LINK(1)
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