This manual describes the policy requirements for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. This includes the structure and contents of the Debian archive and several design issues of the operating system, as well as technical requirements that each package must satisfy to be included in the distribution. The policy package itself is maintained by a group of maintainers that have no editorial powers. The current list of maintainers is:
Copyright ©1996,1997,1998 Ian Jackson and Christian Schwarz.
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dpkg-shlibdepsand the shlibs files
update-alternatives(from old Packaging Manual)
Debian Policy Manualversion 188.8.131.52, 2002-03-14