Header files in Perl packages

Jason L Tibbitts III tibbs at math.uh.edu
Fri Apr 21 19:22:44 UTC 2006

Some Perl packages install header files deep into the internal Perl
directory hierarchy.  I guess these are used for something internal to
Perl.  Some packages which do this are perl-PDL, Gtk-Perl, perl-DBI
(and now perl-cairo,

The packaging guidelines state:

 - MUST: Header files or static libraries must be in a -devel package.

but it seems pointless to put two header files in a separate -devel
package when they aren't intended to be included from user-written
code.  I suppose it's possible that Perl needs to have them present to

Is this situation a valid exception to the above MUST?

 - J<

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