dh_makeshlibs - automatically create shlibs file
dh_makeshlibs [debhelper options] [-mmajor] [-V[dependancies]] [-n]
dh_makeshlibs is a debhelper program that automatically scans for
shared libraries, and generates a shlibs file for the libraries it
It also adds a call to ldconfig in the postinst and postrm scripts (in
V3 mode and above only) to any packages which it finds shared libraries
Instead of trying to guess the major number of the library with
objdump, use the major number specified after the -m parameter.
This is much less useful than it used to be, back in the bad old
days when this program looked at library filenames rather than
By default, the shlibs file generated by this program does not make
packages depend on any particular version of the package containing
the shared library. It may be necessary for you to add some version
dependancy information to the shlibs file. If -V is specified with
no dependancy information, the current version of the package is
plugged into a dependancy that looks like "packagename (>= packageversion)".
If -V is specified with parameters, the parameters
can be used to specify the exact dependancy information needed (be
sure to include the package name).
Beware of using -V without any parameters; this is a conservative
setting that always ensures that other packages' shared library
dependencies are at least as tight as they need to be, so that if
the maintainer screws up then they won't break. The flip side is
that packages might end up with dependencies that are too tight and
so find it harder to be upgraded.
Do not modify postinst/postrm scripts.
Exclude files that contain "item" anywhere in their filename from
being treated as shared libraries.
Assuming this is a package named libfoobar1, generates a shlibs file
that looks something like:
libfoobar 1 libfoobar1
Assuming the current version of the package is 1.0-3, generates a
shlibs file that looks something like:
libfoobar 1 libfoobar1 (>= 1.0-3)
dh_makeshlibs -V 'libfoobar1 (>= 1.0)'
Generates a shlibs file that looks something like:
libfoobar 1 libfoobar1 (>= 1.0)
This program is a part of debhelper.
Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org>
3rd Berkeley Distribution 2002-01-27 DH_MAKESHLIBS(1)
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