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Re: Early adopters of symbol based dependencies needed

On Wed, 21 Nov 2007, Mike Hommey wrote:
> FWIW, I'm testing this on libxml2. I'd have some remarks:
> - The .symbols file in /var/lib/dpkg/info is bigger than all the other
> maintainer files there for libxml2. If a significant amount of packages
> implement this, it can start to make a difference. It might be nice to
> support a gzipped format.

In particular for C++ packages. For C packages, the size impact is quite
limited compared to the size of the respective libraries.

I didn't implement this until now because all files in control.tar.gz have
always been plain text files and I'm not sure I want to change this. Other
opinions are welcome.

> - Python modules have the same problem as perl modules: the interpreter
> doesn't link against the library, so they can't either. That makes a
> whole bunch of warnings for each symbol not found... I'm not sure what
> should be done for that.

Is fixed in git as already noted.

Raphaël Hertzog

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