[Fedora-packaging] Re: Are circular dependencies ok?

Rex Dieter rdieter at math.unl.edu
Tue Aug 21 19:33:53 UTC 2007

Stepan Kasal wrote:
> Hello,
> On Tue, Aug 21, 2007 at 02:13:55PM -0500, Rex Dieter wrote:
>> Stepan Kasal wrote:
>>> First, "perl" and "perl-libs" require each other; this is a usual
>>> solution of the multilib problem
>> <tangent>
>> I've never understand why one would ever split packages, but them depend
>> on each other.  What's the point?  What advantage does that have over
>> simply having the contents of both (sub)packages in a single package?
>> </tangent>
> with foo and foo-libs, foo-libs can be declared multilib.
> So it is possible that on x86_64 both foo-libs.i386 and
> foo-libs.x86_64 are installed.
> If both formed one package "foo" and the usage of the libraries in
> both 32bit and 64bit variant were required, then the package foo
> would have to be declared as multilib.
Um, but if <foo>-libs Requires: foo , wouldn't that pull foo into the
multilib mix too, no?  Am I missing something?

-- Rex
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