Provided by: debhelper_13.9.1ubuntu1_all bug


       dh_link - create symlinks in package build directories


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


       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 (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).


           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

           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).


       -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


        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.



       This program is a part of debhelper.


       Joey Hess <>