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Bug#211622: propose new virtual package: libxaw-dev

On Sun, 21 Sep 2003 12:16:18 -0500, Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> said: 

> [Followups set.]
> On Thu, Sep 18, 2003 at 09:00:03PM -0500, Craig P. Steffen wrote:
>> I am prospective DD; as one of my opening packages, I intend to
>> adopt the sound file editor xwave.  One of the bugs against it,
>> 170005, says that depending on the virtual package "libxaw-dev" is
>> wrong.
>> However, reading the debian policy manual sections 3.6 and 7.4, it
>> seems to me to be a perfectly reasonable thing to do.  The real
>> packages libxaw6-dev and libxaw7-dev exist, and are listed as
>> Providing libxaw-dev.  The only other thing that the policy manuals
>> suggest is that virtual packages be mentioned in the
>> virtual-packages-name-list.txt.
>> So I propose that "libxaw-dev" be added to that list.

> I disagree; instead, I'm going to kill off libxaw-dev.

> My decision to use the libxaw-dev virtual package in the first place
> appears to date back to the time when we had multiple
> implementations of the Athena library (NeXTaw, Xaw95, and Xaw3D).
> The -dev packages for these implementations could not coexist with
> each other, nor with libXaw6's -dev package, because all of them
> tried to provide /usr/X11R6/lib/libXaw.so for compile-time linking.

> This is no longer a problem.  NeXTaw and Xaw95 have been withdrawn
> from the distribution, and Xaw3D now uses the shared object name
> "libXaw3d".

> The only two packages that will collide with each other now are
> libxaw6-dev and libxaw7-dev, both of which are under my control.  A
> virtual package is not needed to coordinate between two packages I
> maintain.

> Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

	This renders the request moot, since it is being withdrawn
 from the only packages still providing it.

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