Policy on *-dev packages
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I noticed that what constitutes a "development environment" isn't very clear
in policy section 11.3
11.3. Shared libraries
Packages involving shared libraries should be split up into several
For a straightforward library which has a development environment and
a runtime kit including just shared libraries you need to create two
packages: `<libraryname><soversion>', where `<soversion>' is the
version number in the soname of the shared library and
If you prefer only to support one development version at a time you
may name the development package `<libraryname>-dev'; otherwise you
may need to use `dpkg''s Conflicts mechanism...
I think there should be a clarification of what a development environment is,
preferably in a note. My position is that all interface files should be
included in the -dev package, and they should be configured for operating
with language processors in Debian if necessary.
Do you think such a small addition would be useful?
In addition, although it is said that in 11.2 that "All libraries must have a
shared version in the `lib*' package" and in 11.3 that all shared libraries
must have a corresponding -dev package, there is no policy on what a *-dev
package should be in general.
Eray Ozkural (exa) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Comp. Sci. Dept., Bilkent University, Ankara
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