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Re: Proposal to avoid file overlaps

Yaroslav Halchenko <debian@onerussian.com> writes:

> On Wed, Dec 10, 2003 at 06:04:13PM +0100, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> > For /usr/share/doc/package I suggest dpkg moves it to
> > /usr/share/doc/arch/package/ and the best arch (according to
> > subarchtable) is linked to /usr/share/doc/package. Docs are assumed to
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but under debian philosophy /usr/share
> directory is for non-arch dependent files, that is why man were moved
> there as well as docs because they are supposed to do not be arch
> specific.

Usually that is true. And usually anything in /usr/share should be in
a binary-all package and only one of those would ever be installed.

But every package must contain /usr/share/doc/copyright and changelog.
And many packages have so little files in /usr/share/doc they don't
bother to split them into extra packages, like a simple config

Since /usr/share must be shareable between archs a link won't break
anything unless the different abis use different versions. I'm not
sure if that should be permitted.


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