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Re: duplicate library code in a package

On Wed, 28 Sep 2005, Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:

On Wed, Sep 28, 2005 at 06:15:12PM +0200, Tommaso Moroni wrote:

I'm packaging kchmviewer, which uses a version of chmlib bundled
in the upstream tarball.

Is it a Bad Thing to use that library instead of depending on the
official packaged one?

Yes(TM), it is a Bad Thing(TM).

If the official library is suitable, then use it.  It will:

- absolve you of providing security support for the duplicate code
- make the resulting binary packages fewer or smaller
- save space on end user systems and repository mirror sites

Don't delete it form the upstream tarball though or your diffs will be huge. Just disable the compilation in the makefiles.


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Illinois Institute of Technology
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