On Fri, 2009-10-02 at 19:09 -0400, Michel Alexandre Salim
> I'm currently reviewing a request for Telepathy-Qt4,
> only provides a static library:
> It seems to me there are two different options:
rename package to telepathy-qt4-static -- might cause administrative
> hassle if and when upstream enables dynamically-linked
This is not really an option. (You, too,
can patch the software to build
dynamically instead; it often is
the least path of
Alternatively, though I prefer
the above, if you do keep it static, keep the package/SRPM name
telepathy-qt4 and put the libs in a -static subpackage, which should
obviate some of the issues later.
> - keep it as before,
and just leave the main package empty.
> -devel virtually
AFAIK this is what is usually done
in case there are no shared
libraries. Of course the static
library can be put in a
package, but then one
would have to make the -devel package
in any case if
there is no shared library available..?
> Should the -doc subpackage depend on -devel? Should it be
> -devel-doc or -static-doc, or just -doc?
In 99.9% of the cases, plain -doc will do. I would break it in
only if the documentation is ridiculously big, say, like
(281MB compressed, 628MB uncompressed, and still
That is: if a user bothers to
install -doc separately, then it's assumed
that s/he wants to
get all the documentation, and is not
there's a bit
of something extra on the side.
If the docs are small (a few MB
or less, YMMV), no subpackage is really needed, though you still can if
you want to.
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