Re: Two questions about policy
> > > 1. I see no mention on rpath in the policy manual (grepping through
> > > .html files) yet lintian issues a warning about it. I'm asking because
> > > packaging something that uses rpath heavily.
> > rpath hardcodes an item's location. If this item later moves,
> > it gets confused. rpath is generally frowned upon.
> rpath adds additional path elements to the search list. Libraries are
> still found in the standard directories.
The issue with rpath came up during the migration from libc5 to libc6.
Since the X librarys (primarily) had to be relinked, the old libc5-based
ones were moved. However, since many X programs were linked with -rpath,
they still looked FIRST in the old location, where the new libc6-based
librarys were. This caused many things to break nastily.