Bug#571776: debian-policy: Libraries should be allowed to not provide shlibs when they provide symbols file
On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 01:52:15PM +0100, Bernhard R. Link wrote:
> * Mike Hommey <email@example.com> [100227 23:53]:
> > 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.
> Perhaps creating shlibs files out of symbols files at build time could
> also be a solution for this.
I first though having dh_makeshlibs do the right thing would be good
enough, but that would also put an unnecessary burden on those that
don't use debhelper.