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       dh_makeshlibs - automatically create shlibs file and call dpkg-gensymbols


       dh_makeshlibs [debhelper options] [-mmajor] [-V[dependencies]] [-n] [-Xitem] [-- params]


       dh_makeshlibs is a debhelper program that automatically scans for shared libraries, and
       generates a shlibs file for the libraries it finds.

       It also adds a call to ldconfig in the postinst and postrm scripts (in v3 mode and above
       only) to any packages in which it finds shared libraries.


           Installs this file, if present, into the package as DEBIAN/shlibs.  If omitted,
           debhelper will generate a shlibs file automatically if it detects any libraries.

           Note in compat levels 9 and earlier, this file was installed by dh_installdeb(1)
           rather than dh_makeshlibs.

           These symbols files, if present, are passed to dpkg-gensymbols(1) to be processed and
           installed. Use the arch specific names if you need to provide different symbols files
           for different architectures.


       -mmajor, --major=major
           Instead of trying to guess the major number of the library with objdump, use the major
           number specified after the -m parameter. This is much less useful than it used to be,
           back in the bad old days when this program looked at library filenames rather than
           using objdump.

       -V, -Vdependencies
       --version-info, --version-info=dependencies
           By default, the shlibs file generated by this program does not make packages depend on
           any particular version of the package containing the shared library. It may be
           necessary for you to add some version dependency information to the shlibs file. If -V
           is specified with no dependency information, the current upstream version of the
           package is plugged into a dependency that looks like "packagename (>=
           packageversion)". Note that in debhelper compatibility levels before v4, the Debian
           part of the package version number is also included. If -V is specified with
           parameters, the parameters can be used to specify the exact dependency information
           needed (be sure to include the package name).

           Beware of using -V without any parameters; this is a conservative setting that always
           ensures that other packages' shared library dependencies are at least as tight as they
           need to be (unless your library is prone to changing ABI without updating the upstream
           version number), so that if the maintainer screws up then they won't break. The flip
           side is that packages might end up with dependencies that are too tight and so find it
           harder to be upgraded.

       -n, --noscripts
           Do not add the "ldconfig" trigger even if it seems like the package might need it.
           The option is called --noscripts for historical reasons as dh_makeshlibs would
           previously generate maintainer scripts that called ldconfig.

       -Xitem, --exclude=item
           Exclude files that contain item anywhere in their filename or directory from being
           treated as shared libraries.

           Create an additional line for udebs in the shlibs file and use udeb as the package
           name for udebs to depend on instead of the regular library package.

       -- params
           Pass params to dpkg-gensymbols(1).


           Assuming this is a package named libfoobar1, generates a shlibs file that looks
           something like:
            libfoobar 1 libfoobar1

       dh_makeshlibs -V
           Assuming the current version of the package is 1.1-3, generates a shlibs file that
           looks something like:
            libfoobar 1 libfoobar1 (>= 1.1)

       dh_makeshlibs -V 'libfoobar1 (>= 1.0)'
           Generates a shlibs file that looks something like:
             libfoobar 1 libfoobar1 (>= 1.0)



       This program is a part of debhelper.


       Joey Hess <>