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create symlinks in package build directories


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

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 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

dh_link /etc/rcS.d/important_notice /etc/rc0.d/important_notice
dh_link /etc/rcS.d/important_notice /etc/rc0.d/important_notice
dh_link /etc/rcS.d/important_notice /etc/rc1.d/important_notice
dh_link /etc/rcS.d/important_notice /etc/rc2.d/important_notice


dh_link is a debhelper program that creates symlinks in package build directories.

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.

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 ln(1)).

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.

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).


-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.)



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.

see also


This program is a part of debhelper.


Joey Hess <joeyh[:at:]debian[:dot:]org>

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