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deb-shlibs - Debian shared library information file
shlibs files map shared library names and versions (sonames) to dependencies suitable for
a package control file. There is one entry per line. Blank lines are not allowed. Lines
beginning with an # character are considered commentary, and are ignored. All other lines
must have the format
[type:] library version dependencies
The library and version fields are whitespace-delimited, but the dependencies field
extends to the end of the line. The type field is optional and normally not needed.
See the Debian Policy Manual for further details.
The shlibs file for a typical library package, named libcrunch1, that provides one library
whose soname is libcrunch.so.1, might read
libcrunch 1 libcrunch1 (>= 1.2-1)
The dependencies must mention the most recent version of the package that added new sym-
bols to the library: in the above example, new symbols were added to version 1.2 of
libcrunch. This is not the only reason the dependencies might need to be tightened;
again, see the Debian Policy Manual for details.
Debian Project 2008-02-17 deb-shlibs(5)
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