[Fedora-packaging] Re: PLEASE HELP - We need a policy for preventing man page name conflicts

Orion Poplawski orion at cora.nwra.com
Mon Feb 20 18:45:52 UTC 2006

Ivan Gyurdiev wrote:
> I suggest efforts would be better directed at fixing the real problem - 
> i.e. the library namespace.
> Having an API that calls functions line() and such means it's just a 
> question of time before you run into header conflicts where a program 
> attempts to include two headers with the same function name (or 
> statically link against two libraries with the same symbol, whether the 
> function is used or not)... or link against the library and have a local 
> function called line() defined.
> I suppose programming language makes a difference here, but at least 
> this should apply to C code.

Yes, things should get fixed upstream.  But in the meantime, we're 
packaging this stuff and need a policy for a workaround.

I'm inclined to rename all man3 functions to ncarg_<name> to fix my 
particular issue.  I'll file a note upstream as well.

Orion Poplawski
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