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Naming of source and binary packages (Was: Ruby packaging in wheezy: gem2deb, new policy, etc.)


I'm resurecting this subthread to discuss the naming of packages.

On 19/01/11 at 12:56 -0600, Gunnar Wolf wrote:
> Agree. And maybe it's overkill to separate just the library from an
> eight line long program (the case of haml, sass, html2haml, css2sass,
> ...) to keep things clean. But OTOH, here it would be worth analyzing
> what are we aiming at with each individual package - I picked
> libhaml-ruby as an example, so:
> - Is it a library? If so, it deservers having the 'ruby' particle in
>   the name. And IMO it benefits from being ^lib, as it is clearer
> - Is it an application? Yes, users can benefit from manually
>   converting between HTML and HAML from the command-line. If used so,
>   and being a bit overzealous on Policy 10.4, users should not care
>   what language it is implemented in - So the package could just be
>   called 'haml', not 'ruby-haml'.
> - Does it have both? It can/should(?) be split into just the libraries
>   (libhaml-ruby) and the executables (haml, which incidentally happens
>   to be implemented in Ruby).

Regarding library-only packages (an example is nokogiri), I think that
we should go for binary package ruby-nokogiri, for various reasons given
in that thread, and I think that the consensus is against keeping the
current lib.*-ruby naming convention.

Now, there are more problems to solve:

1) organization of binary packages for source packages that mix
libraries and applications

If the main use of the software is as a library, and the binaries are
only there as support, it makes sense to stick with ruby-*.
If, instead, the main use is as application, we could drop "ruby-".
And if unsure, ask the list ;)
That would result in packages named:
Useless splits with several binary packages should be avoided. For
example, if shipping the binary with the library adds less than 20% to
the size of the library package, the packages should be merged.

2) naming of source packages

I think that we should get rid of lib.*-ruby source packages, even if
that means slightly more work for us.
And to replace them, I think that packages should be named the same as
the main binary package for the package. So ruby-*, or directly "chef",
"puppet", etc.


I *think* that those are the last points to discuss before we can send
the wiki page to debian-devel@ and ask for comments.

- Lucas

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