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Re: Naming of library -dev package

On Sun, Mar 19, 2006 at 11:01:10AM +0200, Fabian Fagerholm wrote:

> Paul Wise and I are working on etl, and we've received a bug report
> (#354069) about our choice of naming of etl-dev, the only binary package
> this source package produces.

> etl-dev is a header library -- it only contains C++ header files that
> can be used at build time. We are working on two packages which will
> build-depend on it.

> Is the bug report (#354069) correct? Does policy really say that the
> -dev package must be named lib<libraryname>-dev? To me, section 8.4
> seems to say that the name should be <libraryname>-dev. Since the name
> of this library is etl, the name would be etl-dev. Can anyone clarify?

The name "etl-dev" is fine.  Prepending "lib" when there's nothing here
named libetl is pointless.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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