On Tue, 2011-02-08 at 16:49 +0200, Peter Pentchev wrote: > On Tue, Feb 08, 2011 at 03:17:09PM +0100, Julian Taylor wrote: > > Dear mentors, > > > > I am looking for a sponsor for the new version 1.1.7-2 > > of my package "libmatheval". > > > > It builds these binary packages: > > libmatheval1 - GNU library for evaluating symbolic mathematical > > expressions (run > > libmatheval1-dev - GNU library for evaluating symbolic mathematical > > expressions (dev > > Hi, > > I'm not a DD, so I cannot upload your package, but just a little note - > for some time now, the Release Team has expressed a preference to have > lib*-dev packages not contain the library SONAME in the package name in > order to ease transitions to newer library versions (when the SONAME > would change). IMHO, you would do well to either: > > 1. Rename the libmatheval1-dev package to libmatheval-dev, add a > Provides: libmatheval1-dev to its Package stanza in the control file, > notify the maintainers of the packages that depend on it (it would > seem that those would be h5utils and science-mathematics) to change > their Build-Depends line to libmatheval-dev, wait for them to upload > new versions with the fix, and then drop the Provides line. > > ...or... > > 2. Also provide a dummy libmatheval-dev package that simply depends on > libmatheval1-dev and notify the maintainers of the packages that > depend on it to change their Build-Depends lines. > > Of course, it is entirely your right to decide that this is a change too > big for the first upload in which you are adopting the package; still, I > just thought I'd say that as a longer-term idea :) > > Thanks for your work in adopting and refreshing the package! > > G'luck, > Peter > I guess this makes sense as the libmatheval api is unlikely to change in a backward incompatible way. I chose the first way and added a Conflicts and Replaces on so versioned package. A new version is uploaded with the debian-science policy changes in the control file. Also a git repository is added on alioth.
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