Header files in Perl packages

Tom 'spot' Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
Tue Apr 25 00:12:50 UTC 2006

On Fri, 2006-04-21 at 14:22 -0500, Jason L Tibbitts III wrote:
> 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,
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=187799).
> 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
> run.
> Is this situation a valid exception to the above MUST?

Ehhh... let me look at the situation here. I'm inclined to say no, but
they might mean something different to perl.

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