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API/ABI in -dev package name?

> > > > libfoobar-2.1-0 will have 
> > > > libfoobar-2.1-0-dev.
> > > 
> > > Please distinguish between API and ABI!
> > > 
> > 
> > True. Indeed the proposed policy is already followed in case of ABI
> > changes. And any sane program would not compile when ever a library
> > change its _API_ in a way not back-compatible. 
> > If not, well that's an upstream issue, not a debian one :)
> Exactly! :)  We must have a seperate tracking of API and ABI changes.
> To do otherwise is madness.

Hmm... I don't think Debian -dev package and 
shared library packages really reflect what we consider to be

Nothing documented about that, and it's not really done in practice.

Currently people just package libwhatever-dev and break API whenever they


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