[Fedora-packaging] [Fwd: devel packages with only one .pc file]

Jesse Keating jkeating at redhat.com
Mon Sep 4 13:28:51 UTC 2006

Forwarding this here too.

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From: Alexander Larsson <alexl at redhat.com>
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Subject: devel packages with only one .pc file
Date: Mon, 04 Sep 2006 15:11:26 +0200

I've recently got several bugs against package involving basically
splitting out only one pkg-config file into a -devel package, because
the packaging guidelines says so. I've done this for a couple of
packages, but its starting to get very ridicolous.

The one-file -devel package is totally useless, all it leads to is:
* Existance of -devel package means we bloat the 64bit distro with the
32bit version of the main package too.
* Developers, script or packages fail because they want to use the .pc
file but the -devel package is not installed.
* The package metadata (like changelog) stored twice in the rpm

I can't really think of any advantages. What exactly is the reasoning
behind this rule? 

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