Hi I maintain a library package, libetpan. I'm going to unload a new version, and, among other things, I was going to remove .la file, per release-goal In http://ftp-master.debian.org/~aba/la/current.txt, package is listed as 'libetpan: dependency_libs', so I thoughty I just need to remove .la file from -dev package However I'm confused with how this interfers with static linking support. I've seen talks on this in list archives, but no project-scope resolution. libetpan-dev depends on several other -dev packages because libraries from those are mentioned in dependency_libs, and because libraries provided by those -dev packages are needed to link statically against libetpan. So, should I: (1) just drop .la file, or (2) drop .la file, downgrade dependences on -dev packages to recommends: or suggests:, or (3) drop .la file and dependences on -dev packages, but keep libetpan.a, or (4) drop .la file and dependences on -dev packages and libetpan.a Perhaps (4) is the most consistent solution, since nobody cares about static linking these days. However AFAIU debian's policy is still to provide static libraries. (3) looks like plain inconsistency: package will provide .a file, but not ensure things required for using .a file into system. So I likely should choose from (1) and (2). Please advice.
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