compat packages

Michael Schwendt bugs.michael at
Sat Apr 29 09:40:30 UTC 2006

On Tue, 25 Apr 2006 11:50:04 -0700, Michael A. Peters wrote:

> 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.

Is this true? pkg-config uses an own package namespace for all its
template files. An application looking for gtkhtml-2{.pc} would not find
gtkhtml-3{.pc} and vice versa. And two different -devel packages using the
same file name for a pkgconfig file would conflict.

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