compat packages

Michael A. Peters mpeters at
Tue Apr 25 18:50:04 UTC 2006

On Tue, 2006-04-25 at 19:37 +0100, Paul Howarth wrote:

> I think Extras is exactly the right place for them actually. They're not
> "Core" but many people would find them useful to have available. I still
> get lots of hits on the libcurl7112 package (for in my
> personal repo, which might be a useful addition to Extras.
> Not sure about having devel subpackages of compat libraries though.

If it uses pkgconfig - there shouldn't be any problem of header file
confusion between different versions.

In some cases (libshout 1 vs 2) there is conflict in the devel packages
that would have to be carefully worked around, but with packages that
use pkgconfig - that shouldn't really be an issue.

Software that needs a compat version of one library might build just
fine against newer versions of other libraries - in which case, having
the devel package is useful because it would minimize the number of
compat shared libraries a package needs - if it was built on fc5 using
the devel package of the compat library that it does need the older
version of.

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