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Re: Early adopters of symbol based dependencies needed

Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org> writes:

> Hello,
> since the upload of dpkg 1.14.8 to unstable, it's now possible for
> library packages to generate "symbols" control files that will be used
> by other packages to get more accurate (and less strict) dependencies.
> As this is a far reaching change, I'd like some skilled maintainers to
> try it out "for real" and help me flesh out some generic guidelines so
> that when we start using it on more packages, we do it right from the
> first time.
> The wiki page http://wiki.debian.org/UsingSymbolsFiles will be used to
> collect various remarks and prepare some useful documentation that will
> be later spread to maintainers through d-d-a (and maybe merged back in
> some dpkg manual page).

Hi Raphael,

I'll give this a try for libremctl1.  It seems like a good candidate for a
test of something that's still fairly experimental: there are currently no
reverse-depends in Debian, it's a small library, it's already using symbol
versioning, and I'm also upstream.

> Some pre-generated symbols files can be downloaded on
> http://qa.debian.org/cgi-bin/mole/seedsymbols/

This is awesome.  Thank you very much for doing this.  It makes it much
easier to start.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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