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shlibs file changes proposal

On Fri, Aug 06, 1999 at 03:46:34PM -0700, Joey Hess wrote:
> Method for shlibs to work with libfoo.so (#42236)
>   * Under discussion.
>   * Proposed by Joseph Carter.
>   * This is a proposal to make binary-only shared libs that have no
>     soname work with dpkh-shlibdeps. The idea is to detect such
>     packages and use "." for the soname in the shlibs file.

This proposal includes a patch to make dpkg-shlibdeps do the right thing
with such a shlibs file, yet the proposal has not even warranted
discussion.  Perhaps mindless flaming leading nowhere is more important to
some than a serious technical proposal with implementation provided....?

Since the new quake stuff uses this, I will not be uploading any of the
glquake stuff to master until such time as this proposal is addressed and
accepted or rejected.  Not having something like my proposed solution
really limits our ability to package some software without patching
sources or defeating the purposes of the shlibs file.  And in the case of
software like quake which is currently not even available with source yet
(soon I hope) ...

It's a simple fix, tested, working, effective, and only slightly hackish.

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