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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, might read

              libcrunch 1 libcrunch1 (>= 1.2-1)

       The dependencies must mention the most recent version  of  the  package
       that  added  new  symbols  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.


       dpkg-shlibdeps(1), deb-symbols(5).