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

Philippe Troin <phil@fifi.org> writes:

> 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.

Upstream requested the libraries stay static, giving that as the
reason.  Upstream doesn't make the libraries shared and makes no
guarantees that the ABI will stay the same between even minor versions
of XF86.  If Debian were to ignore upstream in this, we'd have to
manage sonames, etc on our own.

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

Do they all use the same soname?  What do they do when the ABIs
change, as between XF86 4.0.2 and 4.0.3?

Alan Shutko <ats@acm.org> - In a variety of flavors!
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