[Fedora-packaging] compat package policy

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 06:59:43 UTC 2008

Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-02-18 at 21:43 -0500, Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams wrote:
>> I would like for the Packaging group to discuss the following policy:
>> """
>> compat-* packages
>> -----------------
>> compat-* packages are for the sole purpose of providing
>> obsolescent/obsolete libraries required by non-Fedora applications. No
>> Fedora packages may be built against them, and no application packages
>> may use the compat- namespace. Any -devel subpackage must be omitted via
>> the removal or exclusion of development-related files.
>> """
> -1
> Closing out devel-packages closes out packages which require older
> APIs/ABIs from rebuilding.
If I'm reading the proposal correctly, this is more of a naming 
convention than a limitation on whether packages of libraries with older 
APIs can be created.  On that basis, I'm +1.


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