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Re: The *.so files

From: Nuutti Kotivuori <naked_at_iki.fi>
Date: 2002-11-07 09:02:49 CET

Eric Gillespie wrote:
> That said, let me state that i abhor this practice. When a user
> on such a system installs package 'foo' they later discover they
> have only random chunks of package 'foo', not all of it. That's
> a disservice both to the users and the authors of the software.
>
> I can't tell you how many lists i'm on where someone complains
> they can't compile something and it turns out they didn't have
> the -dev package installed.
>
> Please don't perpetuate this lunacy.

Well here I must say that - respect the policy of your distribution.

It may very well be that in your distribution of choice, -dev or
-devel packages are rare or work suboptimally, in which case you
obviously do not want to make them.

But for example in the case of Debian, it is absolute lunacy _not_ to
do it. Separating -dev and separating libraries from the programs
(libsvn0 vs. subversion) is the way of the distribution and it works
very very well.

-- Naked

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