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       dpkg-shlibdeps - generate shared library substvar dependencies


       dpkg-shlibdeps [option...] [-e]executable [option...]


       dpkg-shlibdeps  calculates  shared  library  dependencies  for  executables  named  in its
       arguments. The dependencies are added to the substitution variables file  debian/substvars
       as  variable  names  shlibs:dependency-field  where dependency-field is a dependency field
       name. Any other variables starting with shlibs: are removed from the file.

       dpkg-shlibdeps has two possible sources of information to generate dependency information.
       Either  symbols  files  or  shlibs files. For each binary that dpkg-shlibdeps analyzes, it
       finds out the list of libraries that it's linked with.  Then, for each library,  it  looks
       up  either  the  symbols  file,  or  the  shlibs  file  (if the former doesn't exist or if
       debian/shlibs.local contains the relevant dependency).  Both  files  are  supposed  to  be
       provided    by    the    library    package    and    should    thus   be   available   as
       /var/lib/dpkg/info/package.symbols or /var/lib/dpkg/info/package.shlibs. The package  name
       is  identified  in  two  steps:  find  the library file on the system (looking in the same
       directories that would use), then use dpkg -S library-file  to  lookup  the  package
       providing the library.

   Symbols files
       Symbols  files  contain  finer-grained  dependency  information  by  providing the minimum
       dependency for each symbol that the library exports. The script tries to  find  a  symbols
       file associated to a library package in the following places (first match is used):

              Shared library information generated by the current build process that also invoked
              dpkg-shlibdeps.  They are generated by dpkg-gensymbols(1).  They are only  used  if
              the library is found in a package's build tree. The symbols file in that build tree
              takes precedence over symbols files from other binary packages.


              Per-system  overriding  shared  library  dependency  information.   arch   is   the
              architecture of the current system (obtained by dpkg-architecture -qDEB_HOST_ARCH).

       Output from “dpkg-query --control-path package symbols”
              Package-provided  shared  library  dependency  information.   Unless  overridden by
              --admindir, those files are located in /var/lib/dpkg.

       While scanning the symbols used by all binaries, dpkg-shlibdeps  remembers  the  (biggest)
       minimal  version  needed  for each library. At the end of the process, it is able to write
       out the minimal dependency for every library used (provided that the  information  of  the
       symbols files are accurate).

       As  a  safe-guard  measure,  a  symbols  file  can  provide  a Build-Depends-Package meta-
       information field and dpkg-shlibdeps will extract the  minimal  version  required  by  the
       corresponding  package in the Build-Depends field and use this version if it's higher than
       the minimal version computed by scanning symbols.

   Shlibs files
       Shlibs files associate directly  a  library  to  a  dependency  (without  looking  at  the
       symbols). It's thus often stronger than really needed but very safe and easy to handle.

       The  dependencies  for a library are looked up in several places. The first file providing
       information for the library of interest is used:

              Package-local overriding shared library dependency information.

              Per-system overriding shared library dependency information.

              Shared library information generated by the current build process that also invoked
              dpkg-shlibdeps.   They  are  only used if the library is found in a package's build
              tree. The shlibs file in that build tree takes precedence over  shlibs  files  from
              other binary packages.

       Output from “dpkg-query --control-path package shlibs”
              Package-provided  shared  library  dependency  information.   Unless  overridden by
              --admindir, those files are located in /var/lib/dpkg.

              Per-system default shared library dependency information.

       The extracted dependencies are then directly used (except if they are filtered out because
       they have been identified as duplicate, or as weaker than another dependency).


       dpkg-shlibdeps interprets non-option arguments as executable names, just as if they'd been
       supplied as -eexecutable.

              Include dependencies appropriate for the shared libraries required  by  executable.
              This option can be used multiple times.

              Add  directory  to  the  list of directories to search for private shared libraries
              (since dpkg 1.17.0). This option can be used multiple times.

              Note: Use this option instead  of  setting  LD_LIBRARY_PATH,  as  that  environment
              variable  is  used  to control the run-time linker and abusing it to set the shared
              library paths at build-time can be problematic when cross-compiling for example.

              Add dependencies to be added to the control file dependency field dependency-field.
              (The  dependencies  for  this  field  are placed in the variable shlibs:dependency-

              The -ddependency-field option takes effect for all executables  after  the  option,
              until the next -ddependency-field.  The default dependency-field is Depends.

              If  the  same dependency entry (or set of alternatives) appears in more than one of
              the recognized dependency field names Pre-Depends, Depends, Recommends, Enhances or
              Suggests  then  dpkg-shlibdeps  will  automatically  remove the dependency from all
              fields except the one representing the most important dependencies.

              Start substitution variables with varname-prefix: instead  of  shlibs:.   Likewise,
              any  existing  substitution  variables  starting  with varname-prefix: (rather than
              shlibs:) are removed from the the substitution variables file.

              Print substitution variable settings to standard output (or filename if specified),
              rather  than  being  added  to the substitution variables file (debian/substvars by

       -ttype Prefer shared library dependency information tagged for the given package type.  If
              no tagged information is available, falls back to untagged information. The default
              package type is "deb". Shared library dependency information is tagged for a  given
              type by prefixing it with the name of the type, a colon, and whitespace.

              Read  overriding  shared  library  dependency  information  from  local-shlibs-file
              instead of debian/shlibs.local.

              Write substitution variables in substvars-file; the default is debian/substvars.

       -v     Enable verbose mode. Numerous messages are displayed to explain what dpkg-shlibdeps

              Exclude  the package from the generated dependencies. This is useful to avoid self-
              dependencies for packages  which  provide  ELF  binaries  (executables  or  library
              plugins)  using  a  library  contained in the same package. This option can be used
              multiple times to exclude several packages.

              Look into package-build-dir first when trying to find a  library.  This  is  useful
              when the source package builds multiple flavors of the same library and you want to
              ensure that you get the dependency from a given binary package. You  can  use  this
              option  multiple  times:  directories  will  be  tried  in  the  same  order before
              directories of other binary packages.

              Do not fail if dependency information can't be found for a shared  library.   Usage
              of  this option is discouraged, all libraries should provide dependency information
              (either with shlibs files, or with symbols files) even if they are not yet used  by
              other packages.

              value  is  a  bit  field  defining  the  set  of  warnings  that  can be emitted by
              dpkg-shlibdeps.  Bit 0 (value=1) enables the warning "symbol  sym  used  by  binary
              found in none of the libraries", bit 1 (value=2) enables the warning "package could
              avoid a useless dependency" and bit 2 (value=4) enables the warning "binary  should
              not be linked against library".  The default value is 3: the first two warnings are
              active by default, the last one is not. Set value to 7 if you want all warnings  to
              be active.

              Change the location of the dpkg database. The default location is /var/lib/dpkg.

       -?, --help
              Show the usage message and exit.

              Show the version and exit.


       Since  dpkg-shlibdeps  analyzes  the  set  of symbols used by each binary of the generated
       package, it is able to emit warnings in several cases. They inform you of things that  can
       be improved in the package. In most cases, those improvements concern the upstream sources
       directly. By order of decreasing importance, here are the various warnings  that  you  can

       symbol sym used by binary found in none of the libraries.
              The  indicated  symbol  has not been found in the libraries linked with the binary.
              The binary is most likely a library and it needs to be linked  with  an  additional
              library during the build process (option -llibrary of the linker).

       binary contains an unresolvable reference to symbol sym: it's probably a plugin
              The  indicated  symbol  has not been found in the libraries linked with the binary.
              The binary is most likely a plugin and the  symbol  is  probably  provided  by  the
              program that loads this plugin. In theory a plugin doesn't have any SONAME but this
              binary does have one and as such it  could  not  be  clearly  identified  as  such.
              However  the  fact  that the binary is stored in a non-public directory is a strong
              indication that's it's not a normal shared library.  If  the  binary  is  really  a
              plugin, then disregard this warning. But there's always the possibility that it's a
              real library and that programs linking to it are using an RPATH so that the dynamic
              loader finds it. In that case, the library is broken and needs to be fixed.

       package could avoid a useless dependency if binary was not linked against library (it uses
       none of the library's symbols)
              None of the binaries that are linked with library use any of the  symbols  provided
              by  the  library.  By  fixing  all  the  binaries,  you  would avoid the dependency
              associated to this library (unless the same dependency is also generated by another
              library that is really used).

       package could avoid a useless dependency if binaries were not linked against library (they
       uses none of the library's symbols)
              Exactly the same as the above warning, but for multiple binaries.

       binary should not be linked against library (it uses none of the library's symbols)
              The binary is linked to a library that it doesn't need. It's not a problem but some
              small  performance  improvements in binary load time can be obtained by not linking
              this library to this binary. This warning checks  the  same  information  than  the
              previous one but does it for each binary instead of doing the check globally on all
              binaries analyzed.

       dpkg-shlibdeps will fail if it can't find a public library used by a  binary  or  if  this
       library  has  no associated dependency information (either shlibs file or symbols file). A
       public library has a SONAME and is versioned ( A private library  (like
       a plugin) should not have a SONAME and doesn't need to be versioned.

       couldn't find library library-soname needed by binary (its RPATH is 'rpath')
              The  binary uses a library called library-soname but dpkg-shlibdeps has been unable
              to find the library.  dpkg-shlibdeps creates a list  of  directories  to  check  as
              following:  directories  listed  in  the RPATH of the binary, directories listed in
              /etc/, directories added by the -l  option,  directories  listed  in  the
              LD_LIBRARY_PATH  environment  variable,  and  standard  public  directories  (/lib,
              /usr/lib, /lib32, /usr/lib32, /lib64, /usr/lib64). Then it checks those directories
              in  the  package's  build tree of the binary being analyzed, in the packages' build
              trees indicated with the -S command-line option, in  other  packages'  build  trees
              that  contains  a  DEBIAN/shlibs  or  DEBIAN/symbols  file  and finally in the root
              directory.  If the library is not found in any of those directories, then  you  get
              this error.

              If  the  library  not found is in a private directory of the same package, then you
              want to add the directory with -l. If it's in another binary package  being  built,
              you  want  to  make  sure  that  the shlibs/symbols file of this package is already
              created and that -l contains the appropriate directory if it also is in  a  private

       no dependency information found for library-file (used by binary).
              The  library  needed by binary has been found by dpkg-shlibdeps in library-file but
              dpkg-shlibdeps has been unable to find any dependency information for that library.
              To  find  out  the  dependency, it has tried to map the library to a Debian package
              with the help of dpkg -S library-file.  Then it checked  the  corresponding  shlibs
              and  symbols files in /var/lib/dpkg/info/, and in the various package's build trees

              This failure can be caused by a bad or  missing  shlibs  or  symbols  file  in  the
              package  of  the  library.  It might also happen if the library is built within the
              same source package and if the shlibs files has not yet been created (in which case
              you  must fix debian/rules to create the shlibs before calling dpkg-shlibdeps). Bad
              RPATH can also lead to the library being found under a non-canonical name (example:
              /usr/lib/ instead of /usr/lib/
              that's not associated to any package, dpkg-shlibdeps tries to work around  this  by
              trying  to fallback on a canonical name (using realpath(3)) but it might not always
              work. It's always best to clean up the RPATH of the binary to avoid problems.

              Calling dpkg-shlibdeps in verbose mode (-v)  will  provide  much  more  information
              about  where  it  tried to find the dependency information. This might be useful if
              you don't understand why it's giving you this error.


       deb-shlibs(5), deb-symbols(5), dpkg-gensymbols(1).