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Re: Improving dependencies on shared libraries

On Sat, May 26, 2007 at 04:04:10PM -0700, Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:
> On Sat, May 26, 2007 at 10:09:44PM +0200, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> > Le samedi 26 mai 2007 à 21:06 +0200, Raphael Hertzog a écrit :
> > > Hello,
> > > in the list of things that we can do to make it more easy to backport
> > > packages, there's one important item: have a finer-grained system for
> > > generating dependencies on shared libraries.
> > Another important point: such a system would help a lot to obtain lower
> > testing migration times, but it would not help backports at all, since
> > you still have to rebuild the package against the stable libc.
> Some research Scott James Remnant did back in the woody days indicated that
> with a more finely-grained shlibs implementation, the majority of packages
> could run fine against glibc 2.0.
> No such luck with lenny due to the change of symbol hash tables which
> now require a recent ld.so to parse, but it'll probably take more than a
> full release cycle to get this implemented and widely adopted anyway, so...

When is it supposed to happen or have happened ? Because I just tried
installing libxml2 and libxml2-utils from sid on an etch system, with
dpkg --force-depends, and xmllint works perfectly fine...


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