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Re: glibc dependencies in SVN binary RPMs / RH 7.x

From: Colin Watson <cjwatson_at_flatline.org.uk>
Date: 2004-01-17 16:57:02 CET

On Sat, Jan 17, 2004 at 01:01:03PM +0100, Martin Baute wrote:
> I am running Subversion on a RedHat 7.3 server. For certain reasons,
> I cannot switch to a later RH version, so I am very glad you provide
> RPMs for RedHat 7.x too.
>
> Now, the issue. subversion-python-0.36.0-8282.rh7x.i386.rpm depends
> on swig-1.3.16-1.i386.rpm and the corresponding runtime. These, in
> turn, depend on a glibc-2.3... which is unavailable for RH 7.3.
>
> The thing is, the dependency is not even *necessary* - on the server,
> http://summersoft.fay.ar.us/pub/subversion/bin/0.32.1/redhat-7.x/,
> I found RPMs of the *exact same* swig version that are *not* depending
> on a post-2.2 glibc, and installed on my server just fine.
>
> When doing the next RPM packaging, please take care that you do not
> needlessly introduce dependencies on newer packages that might not
> be available for the poor chaps stuck with old servers.

When you build on a newer system, you're stuck with the newer glibc
dependency; you could hack it out but the binaries might not work on
older systems. In order to get older glibc dependencies, the only way to
do this is to build on an older system.

Cheers,

-- 
Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]
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