I have built packages of aqsis, a RenderMan renderer, that builds several of
it's components as shared libs. The build is quite well behaved with libtool
etc., but it does not currently version any of the libraries. Before I upload
the package to the archive I would like to make sure that some versioning is
Currently I am planning to package the libraries as an "aqsis-libs" package,
analogous to the "kde-libs" package. This is because I do not believe it is
worthwhile to package 14 libraries separately and then have a binary package
that depends on 14 other packages, and any user of these libraries will
likely use more than one of them.
The first patch I submitted to upstream added a "-version-info" tag to each
of the 14 libraries Makefile.am. After discussion with upstream it was
decided that this was probably too much for him to keep track of versioning
(i.e. 14 different places to keep track of separate versions). My plan B is
to have a single version. In other words, I would set a global variable in
the build process and version all the libraries the same, so a change in one
would bump the version of all the libraries. This is obviously not optimal,
but is it likely to be workable? Are there any obvious problems with it?
The library interfaces are of varying stability, and are written in C++,
another reason why I will hold off uploading until the gcc 3.2 transition.