Bug 455188 - Package apr-devel should not contains .la files
Package apr-devel should not contains .la files
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: apr (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Joe Orton
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-07-13 15:26 EDT by Jochen Schmitt
Modified: 2008-07-14 14:54 EDT (History)
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Description Jochen Schmitt 2008-07-13 15:26:54 EDT
Package apr-devel contains the file

%{_libdir}/libapr-1.la

The packaging policies sayys thst packagess should not contains files with the
extension .a or .la if there not a good reason to do it.
Comment 1 Bojan Smojver 2008-07-13 17:21:55 EDT
apr-1-config script has an option --link-libtool, which returns this file. If we
remove it from apr-devel, we shall break source compatibility of packages that
depend on this option in order to build against apr. This is against project's
versioning rules.

See: http://apr.apache.org/versioning.html#source
Comment 2 Jochen Schmitt 2008-07-14 10:16:45 EDT
I think we should patch this script. In rawhide we can make changes which may 
break the compatiblity. Of corse we should not port this update on F-9 aor F-8.
Comment 3 Joe Orton 2008-07-14 14:54:42 EDT
No.  The packaging guidelines' "should not" is not a mandate for removal and
does not trump following upstream.  We have a good reason for keeping there,
I've been over this several times already, see the review bug.

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