RFC: Soname in rpm name

Aurelien Bompard gauret at free.fr
Mon Jan 24 12:23:30 UTC 2005

Phil Knirsch wrote:
> 1) Rebuild all packages that depend on that lib with the new library
> 2) Every sane depresolver will then pick up the new packages, solve
> those deps and update the depending packages (the whole deptree) too.
> If you don't have any updated packages you're screwed anyway, no
> depsolver can help you with that (and i can't see a depsolver then
> deciding: "Oh, a new library has some out, lets grab the srpms,
> automatically rebuild and install them".... shudder)

Well, I think that adding the soname to the rpm name could help with that:
dependant apps will still require the old package, until they are rebuilt
and automatically require the new package.
The only con I see is that there may be libraries around which are not
required anymore. But that can easily be solved.

I think that this problem should be all the more adressed that Fedora is
becoming a community-open distribution: the maintainer of the library is
not necessarily the maintainer of the dependant apps. There must be an easy
upgrade path for those situations.

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plenty of room for optimization."

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