Lintian User's Manual

This manual describes Lintian, the Debian package checker.

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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
1.1. About Lintian
1.2. The intention of Lintian
1.3. Design issues
1.4. Disclaimer
2. Getting started
2.1. Installing Lintian
2.2. Running lintian
2.3. Lintian Tags
2.4. Overrides
2.4.1. Format of override files
2.4.2. Documenting overrides
2.4.3. Architecture specific overrides
2.5. Vendor Profiles
2.5.1. Rules for profile names and location
2.5.2. Profile syntax and semantics
2.6. Vendor specific data files
2.6.1. Load paths and order
2.6.2. Basic syntax of data files
3. Advanced usage
3.1. How Lintian works
3.2. The laboratory
3.3. Writing your own Lintian checks
3.3.1. Check description file
3.3.2. Check Perl module file