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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

       dh_link - create symlinks in package build directories

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

       dh_link [debhelper options] [-A] [source destination ...]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       dh_link is a debhelper program that creates symlinks in package build

       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.

       The list can be specified in two ways. A file named debian/package.links
 can list pairs of files. If you use this file, you should put
       each pair of files on its own line, and separate the files within the
       pair with whitespace. Also, pairs of files can be specified as parameters
 - these pairs will only be created in the package build directory
       of the first package dh_link is told to act on. By default, this is the
       first binary package in debian/control, but if you use -p, -i, or -a
       flags, it will be the first package specified by those flags.

       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

       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 only).

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

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

       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    [Toc]    [Back]

	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/X11R6/man/man1/foo.1x 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 X man page foo.1x

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>

3rd Berkeley Distribution	  2002-04-11			    DH_LINK(1)
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