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       dh_link - create symlinks in package build directories


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


       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

       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 or later).


           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.


       -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.)


        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



       This program is a part of debhelper.


       Joey Hess <>