Re: libpkg-guide updated (versioned symbols), please proofread
On Tue, Jun 01, 2004 at 04:52:35PM -0400, Stephen Frost wrote:
> That whole crap was due to the lack of understanding of the problem
> and blindness to the proper solution (versioned symbols).
Whilst I agree with you as a library author myself, I disagree with you
as a Debian maintainer.
Debian should _not_ introduce gratuitous differences with upstream
authors. While we have fscked up in this point big time and multiple
times (myself being guilty of that charge), that doesn't mean we should
keep doing that. Nowadays it's possible to compile a simple hello
world C program on an unstable system and run it on a current yet
random Linux Distribution. That wasn't the case one or two years ago
because Debian kept "fixing" upstream problems. Nowadays it's even
possible to do the same with C++ programs.
Looking who and how libpkg-guide is used, I think this document should
make it _very_ clear that this kind of changes _must_ be send upstream
and they must _not_ be included in Debian packages in advance.