[Fedora-packaging] Question about how libgcj-devel requires zlib

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at laiskiainen.org
Tue Sep 23 12:51:54 UTC 2008

On Tue, 23 Sep 2008, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> Le Mar 23 septembre 2008 11:54, Panu Matilainen a écrit :
>> Sure it would be possible to teach rpm to grok the name.arch syntax
>> for
>> (build)requires too, but it would require changing every depsolver to
>> understand it too, and *that* would be incompatible change in spec
>> syntax
>> as well. Whereas the new provide introduces precisely zero
>> incompatibilities.
> But that would fix the problem once and for all wouldn't it? Are the
> other solutions so fool-proof they won't need to be revised anyway?

Plain name.arch syntax in dependencies has it's own problems, see the 
sub-thread starting here: 

That's not to say support for it couldn't be added but using it would 
cause a huge incompatibilities all over the place for little gain.

 	- Panu -

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