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Bug#100472: [PROPOSAL] allowing '-' between libraryname and soversion

Package: debian-policy
Severity: wishlist

Policy wants shared libraries to be in packages of names like libfoo6
for a libfoo.so.6.  However this becomes confusing if the library name
ends in a number so that the soversion is separated with a hyphen from
the library name.

$ egrep '^Package: lib.*-[[:digit:]]*$' unstable-Packages
Package: lib3ds-1.0-0
Package: libasis-3.13p-1
Package: libgnat-3.13p-1
Package: libgtrans-mysql-3-23
Package: libgtrans-postgresql-6-5-3
Package: libid3-3.7-13
Package: libmath3d-0.3-0
Package: libnewt-utf8-0
Package: libole2-0
Package: libraw1394-5

The last three are what I am talking about specifically (libraw1394 is
mine, btw), generally this also applies to the version-in-name problems
seen above (don't ask me wtf libgtrans is up to).

To document this practice, I propose the policy patch:

--- policy.sgml.orig    Mon Jun 11 01:54:55 2001
+++ policy.sgml Mon Jun 11 02:14:58 2001
@@ -5547,6 +5547,12 @@
          and <tt><var>libraryname</var><var>soversion</var>-dev</tt>.
+         Alternatively, if it would be confusing to directly append
+         <var>soversion</var> to <var>libraryname</var> (e.g. because
+         <var>libraryname</var> itself ends in a number), you may use
+         <tt><var>libraryname</var>-<var>soversion</var></tt> and
+         <tt><var>libraryname</var>-<var>soversion</var>-dev</tt>
+         instead.

 Andreas E. Bombe <andreas.bombe@munich.netsurf.de>    DSA key 0x04880A44
http://home.pages.de/~andreas.bombe/    http://linux1394.sourceforge.net/

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