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Re: mono / ".pc files in -devel packges" guideline



On Fri, 12 May 2006 08:59:29 -0500, Tom 'spot' Callaway wrote:

> On Thu, 2006-05-11 at 15:08 -0400, Brian Pepple wrote:
> 
> > > Even if it is for development, is it worth forcing it off into a
> > > -devel package for just one file?
> 
> If the .pc file is the ONLY file that would qualify for -devel (aka, no
> headers, no static libs, nothing to develop a program against), then
> there is no reason to force a -devel subpackage just for it.

There is one good reason: The .pc file contains dependencies on other .pc
files, which are located in -devel packages. In this case, you would need
a dependency ("Requires") from your non-devel package to -devel packages.
Without that dependency, your package would break the pkgconfig dependency
chain and several pkgconfig query commands.

To keep development files in -devel packages is the only clean solution.


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