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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 libcrunch.so.1, 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.