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Re: Bug#368985: ITP: mod-bt -- BitTorrent tracker for the Apache2 web server

On Sat, May 27, 2006 at 11:14:44AM -0700, Tyler MacDonald wrote:
> Sune Vuorela <nospam@vuorela.dk> wrote:
> > > 	Odd, because my package depends on libapr0-dev (probably going to be
> > > libapr0-dev | libapr1-dev soon), and an apt-cache search for "0-dev" on my

> > The versionings is when stuff change to incompatible APIs, so probably
> > depending on (libfoo0-dev | libfoo1-dev) should not be possible.

> > If there is no change in APIs, there is no need for versioning of the
> > -dev package.
> > You can alwayls add a versioning number on api-change.

> 	In APR's case, there are some small incompatibilities in the APIs
> between version 0 and version 1, but many packages can still compile
> successfully against either.

> 	And yeah, in libbttracker, etc.'s case, I don't plan on changing the
> soname until there's an incompatibility.

You're missing the point that sonames track *ABI* changes, and -dev package
names should track *API* changes.  Typically, upstreams make API changes on
new major releases; ABI changes can happen much more often than this. 
Tracking sonames in your -dev package names is therefore wrong and
(inevitably, eventually) causes gratuitous churn for any packages
build-depending on yours.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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