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Bug#100346: PROPOSAL] Do not mandate existence of shared libraries

On Mon, Jun 11, 2001 at 07:47:26PM +1000, Herbert Xu wrote:
> As to the bash breakage, please quote the number.  Thanks.

The full description of it is in the logs of bug#35049.

To get back to the policy proposal, I do think there are libraries
that should not have shared versions.  Namely, ones that are not
yet at a point of their development where it makes sense to have
a stable binary interface.  If Debian were to release a shared
version, that would mean picking a soname (and thus forcing upstream
to live with that soname, which can be annoying if they had a different
numbering scheme in mind), and it would mean changing the soname
for every upstream release.  For some libraries that's just not
worth it.

I also present publib-dev as an example of a library which currently
provides only a static version, but I will let its maintainer speak
for himself :-)

Richard Braakman
Looking for a job writing free software

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