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[DebianGIS] Re: Bug#385759: qgis: not installable in sid

Does anyone have a response to Steve Langasek's query below?

The history of the gdal package naming decision is here:

I believe the -dev package is renamed to deal with the possibility of an
API change:

This seems consistent with the recommendations at


On Sun, 2006-09-03 at 21:59 -0500, Steve Langasek wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 02, 2006 at 11:29:50PM +0200, Laurent Bonnaud wrote:
> > The source package cannot be rebuild, too:
> > # apt-get build-dep qgis
> > Reading package lists... Done
> > Building dependency tree... Done
> > Package libgdal1-1.3.1-dev is not available, but is referred to by
> > another package.
> > This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
> > is only available from another source
> > However the following packages replace it:
> >   libgdal1-1.3.2-dev
> > E: Package libgdal1-1.3.1-dev has no installation candidate
> > E: Failed to satisfy Build-Depends dependency for qgis:
> >   libgdal1-1.3.1-dev
> Why does gdal need to repeatedly change the name of its -dev package?  This
> seems to unnecessarily prevent doing binNMUs of qgis on ABI update.

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