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Re: [opensuse-packaging] Another shared library policy doubt: renaming the source package.
  • From: Richard Guenther <rguenther@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 19:43:06 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <alpine.LNX.2.00.0905271941580.4629@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Wed, 27 May 2009, Cristian Morales Vega wrote:

At "Hints" the policy says: "There is no need to have a binary package
that matches the source package name. In fact, you should avoid
renaming the source package for different versions as we prefer to
only have a single package version in the source repository."

Thinking about this, isn't better to rename the source package?
a) Renaming the package allows to have multiple versions in the source
repository... but you are still free to have only one, whatever the
name is.

True, but usually this is not the case.

b) There isn't too much flexibility at naming the debug packages, the
name always is <source_package_name>-debug*. Renaming also the source
package you allow the debug packages of two library versions with
different sonames to be also installed at the same time.

The proper fix for this is to create separate debuginfo packages for
each shared library package, not renaming the source package.


Richard Guenther <rguenther@xxxxxxx>
Novell / SUSE Labs
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH - Nuernberg - AG Nuernberg - HRB 16746 - GF: Markus Rex
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