[Fedora-packaging] Package Guildelines / Review Guidelines: .la archives must/should not contradiction

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Thu Oct 1 22:41:28 UTC 2009

On Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 07:20:50PM -0700, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> I believe it should be a MUST with exceptions.  Review Guidelines are
> more succinct and therefore less prone to a slip up when being written
> up.  Even then, there have been times when a Review Guideline uses the
> uppercase, bold '''MUST''' to show that it's a MUST but then used should
> in the sentence describing what needs to be done.
> The only current exception is:
> """
> Note that if you are updating a library in a stable release (not devel)
> and the package already contains *.la files, removing the *.la files
> should be treated as an API/ABI change
> """

There's also an exception for these in the MinGW guidelines, although
(in hindsight) it's wrong and we've been removing the *.la files in
those packages.



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