Environment variables within a spec file and related question

Paul Howarth paul at city-fan.org
Mon Sep 12 16:55:14 UTC 2005

Quentin Spencer wrote:
> Paul Howarth wrote:
>>> installing into (such as development/library etc)?
>> Related to this. Is there a list anywhere of the groups available for
>> /usr/share/doc/rpm-*/GROUPS
> Another related question: can someone explain the difference between 
> Development/Libraries and System Environment/Libraries? That's never 
> been clear to me.

Development/Libraries -> headers, static libraries etc. needed by 
developers to build applications using a library.

System Environment/Libraries -> dynamic libraries, needed at runtime by 
applications linked against those libraries.

You might think of "Development/Libraries" as being the group to use for 
-devel subpackages of things that go in "System Environment/Libraries".

Of course the definitions are a bit muddy because most perl modules are 
in Development/Libraries but are needed at both compile-time and runtime.


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