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Re: FYI: intent to NMU to fix SDL + static X extension library problem

Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> writes:

> On Sat, Oct 06, 2001 at 03:13:08PM -0700, Philippe Troin wrote:
> > Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> writes:
> > 
> > > 1) Some of the X extension libraries (namely libXxf86dga, libXxf86vm,
> > > and libXv) are available only as static libraries.  This is because
> > > XFree86 wants these libraries available only in static form, and our
> > > practice of shipping them this way is compliant with a Debian policy
> > > proposal ratified in August[1].
> > 
> > Why should libXxf86dga, libXxf86vm and libXv built statically only?
> > I did a quick search and could not come up with any reason.
> Apparently you didn't look very hard.


> Package: xlibs-dev
> Status: install ok installed
> Priority: optional
> Section: devel
> Installed-Size: 11408
> Maintainer: Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org>
> Source: xfree86
> Version: 4.1.0-7
> Replaces: xbase (<<, xdevel, xpm4g-dev, xmanpages, xlib6g-dev (<< 4.0), xlib6g-static, libxfont-xtt-dev, xfs-xtt (<< 1:
> Provides: libxpm4-dev, xmanpages
> Depends: xlibs (>= 4.0.1-11), libc6-dev
> Conflicts: xdevel, xlib6g-dev (<< 4.0), xlib6g-static, xpm4g-dev, xmanpages
> Description: X Window System client library development files
>  xlibs-dev provides static versions of the libraries provided in xlibs, as
>  well as several libraries that do not exist in shared object form for
>  various reasons (such as the fact that their API's have not stabilized, or
>  that they are deprecated).  Header files and manual pages are also
>  provided.

Err, if libraries which API's have not stabilized yet or which are
deprecated should only be provided as static libraries, we can remove
two third of the shared libraries in the distribution.

It it's only on these grounds, I object to breaking all sdl-related
packages in a freeze and making Debian-only changes to sdl-config
(which will break all upstream SDL sources).

Please make these libraries shared. All the other distributions I've
checked make these shared anyways. We're gratuitously breaking binary
compatibility here.


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