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Symbolic links to files in the same top-level directory should be relative.

As an example, a link in /usr to another file in /usr should be relative, while a link in /usr to a file in /etc should be absolute.

With Debhelper, running dh_link after creating the package structure will fix the issue for you.

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The tag is present in Lintian version 2.114.163. That is the most recent version we know about.

We use semantic versions. The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the 2.114.0 release tag in our Git repository.

You can find the detection logic for this version at commit 3410a22. For merge requests, please use the latest version in the Lintian check files/symbolic-links.

Visibility: warning

Renamed from:
  • symlink-should-be-relative

The following 9 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 167 times (in any Lintian version).

We found 10 overrides. The tag performed 94% of the time.