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Bug#571776: debian-policy: Libraries should be allowed to not provide shlibs when they provide symbols file

Package: debian-policy
Severity: wishlist

AFAIK, the current version of dpkg in stable supports symbols files, so I
think it is time we loosen the requirement for shlibs files when symbols
files are present.

Requiring shlibs when there is a symbols file also is error-prone, as when
the symbols file is updated, the shlibs may not be bumped.



-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.31-1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

debian-policy depends on no packages.

debian-policy recommends no packages.

Versions of packages debian-policy suggests:
pn  doc-base                      <none>     (no description available)

-- no debconf information

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