dh_link(1) — Linux manual page


DH_LINK(1)                        Debhelper                       DH_LINK(1)

NAME         top

       dh_link - create symlinks in package build directories

SYNOPSIS         top

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

DESCRIPTION         top

       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 (called target by ln(1)). The destination files are the symlinks
       that will be created (called link name by ln(1)). There must be an
       equal number of source and destination files specified.

       Be sure you do specify the absolute path to both the source and
       destination files (unlike you would do if you were using something
       like ln(1)).  Please note that the leading slash is optional.

       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 put the symlinks in.

       Any pre-existing destination files will be replaced with symlinks.

       dh_link also scans the package build tree for existing symlinks which
       do not conform to Debian policy, and corrects them (v4 or later).

FILES         top

           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.

           In each pair the source file (called target by ln(1)) comes first
           and is followed by the destination file (called link name by
           ln(1)). Thus the pairs of source and destination files in each
           line are given in the same order as they would be given to ln(1).

           In contrast to ln(1), source and destination paths must be
           absolute (the leading slash is optional).

           Supports substitution variables in compat 13 and later as
           documented in debhelper(7).

OPTIONS         top

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

       -Xitem, --exclude=item
           Exclude 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.)

EXAMPLES         top

        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

        var/lib/foo usr/lib/foo
        usr/share/man/man1/foo.1 usr/share/man/man1/bar.1

       Same as above but as content for a debian/package.links file.

SEE ALSO         top


       This program is a part of debhelper.

AUTHOR         top

       Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org>

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13.0.1                           2020-05-16                       DH_LINK(1)

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