libc-client2007 transition

Jonas Smedegaard dr at
Sat Jan 17 15:40:55 GMT 2009

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On Sat, Jan 17, 2009 at 10:02:27AM +0100, Luca Falavigna wrote:
>James Westby ha scritto:
>> At the end of last year there was a small transition done to move
>> from libc-client2007b to libc-client2007d.
>> However, Debian then reverted this change (with an epoch), as they 
>> didn't want the SONAME bump in lenny.
>I'm not sure Debian reverted the upload only to avoid SONAME bump, 
>there was probably a problem in the upstream code itself, but I'm not 
>sure about this. Maybe Jonas could shed some light.

There was no problems with upstream code, it was only to avoid SONAME 

Upstream has no shared library, that is a Debian hack. But historically 
upstream license required (by my interpretation at least) the upstream 
version to be clearly visible in derived code, which lead me to the 
current unusual packaging routine of bumping SONAME with each new 
upstream release.

In other words: There is no technical reason for SONAME to be changed so 
frequently. It was wrong of me to bump the SONAME of a library in deep 
freeze, but when the "cat was out of the bag" it was suggested to change 
epoch as a simplest workaround.

Kind regards,

  - Jonas

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