Review Guidelines on -devel packages
On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 12:44:31PM +0200, Michael Schwendt wrote:
> | MUST: If a package contains library files with a suffix
> | (e.g. libfoo.so.1.1), then library files that end in .so (without suffix)
> | must go in a -devel package. 
>  https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging/Guidelines#DevelPackages
> Based on just the ReviewGuidelines, some packagers and reviewers
> still get this wrong and create -devel packages for plugin .so libraries.
> In particular because it is a MUST. The linked Packaging Guidelines page
> on "Devel Packages" makes it a SHOULD and also mentions a rule of thumb,
> but apparently this is still not clear enough.
> How about this?
> MUST: If a package contains library files with a numeric suffix
> (e.g. libfoo.so.1 or libfoo.so.1.1), extra care must be taken to
> distinguish between libraries needed at run-time and libraries
> needed only when compiling/building software. Library files needed
> only at build-time must be put into a -devel package. 
I'm not sure if this will clarify things for people making this mistake.
I think these people might not understand how to tell the difference between
a plugin and a library.
What do you think of this?
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