A "-dev" package is supposed to install a "libsomething.so" symbolic link referencing the corresponding shared library. Notice how the link name doesn't include the version number -- this is because such a link is used by the linker when other programs are built against this shared library.
The symlink is generally expected in the same directory as the library
itself. The major exception to this rule is if the library is installed
in (or beneath)
/lib, where the symlink must be installed in the
same dir beneath
Example: If the library is installed in
the symlink is expected at
Implementation detail: This tag is emitted for the library package and not the "-dev" package.
For more information please consult:
- Debian Policy Manual section 8.4
The tag is present in Lintian version
That is the most recent version we know about.
We use semantic versions.
The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the
release tag in our Git
You can find the detection logic for this version at commit 43a81d7. For merge requests, please use the latest version in the Lintian check libraries/shared/links.