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Re: Improve the Val(a)ide package

On Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 5:47 AM, Nicolas Joseph
<gege2061@redaction-developpez.com> wrote:

>> These should be installed to /usr/share instead. You might need to
>> patch the source to install them in the right place. See here for why:
>> http://lintian.debian.org/tags/image-file-in-usr-lib.html
> If it's a critical warning, I can fix it, but I prefer to have all files
> in the same directory.

Debian prefers FHS compliance

>>> W: valide-common: extra-license-file usr/share/valide/COPYING
>> Unless the application needs it, there is no reason to install this
> file.
>> http://lintian.debian.org/tags/extra-license-file.html
> Yes the application use the COPYING file for show the license in the about
> dialog.

In that case it is appropriate to override the lintian warning. If it
is the same as a license in /usr/share/common-licenses then you might
just want to configure the software to display that instead.
Alternatively, I think many apps just show the license grant ("This
program is free software....") in the about dialog and leave the
license terms for the user to find if they want to.

>>> W: valide: non-dev-pkg-with-shlib-symlink
> usr/lib/libvalide-0.0.so.0.7.0
>>> usr/lib/libvalide-0.0.so
>>> W: valide: package-name-doesnt-match-sonames libvalide-0.0-0
>> I imagine these are not meant to be public libraries. If they are
>> supposed to be private, please work with upstream to make them private
>> libraries (install in a subdir of /usr/lib). If they are meant to be
>> public libraries, you need to read libpkg-guide and the bugs filed
>> against it.
> This library is used by the core application, if it's not placed in
> /usr/lib I have the classic error:
>  valide: error while loading shared libraries: libvalide-0.0.so.0: cannot
> open shared object file: No such file or directory
> I think that the library is in the good directory (like Anjuta). Is it
> reasonable to have six packages for this simple application?

It appears that most of the anjuta libraries are private ones and are
not located in /usr/lib:


If no other applications make use of the library, it is a good idea to
make it a private library. You can do that by placing it in a
subdirectory of /usr/lib (multi-arch will make this more complex
though) and using rpath to tell the binary where to find the library.
Some more info about rpath can be found here:




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