FC13 nss-softokn-freebl update issues

Elio Maldonado emaldona at redhat.com
Wed Jun 2 21:12:39 UTC 2010

On 06/02/2010 12:51 PM, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> Robert Relyea (rrelyea at redhat.com) said:
>>> It's due to the fact that nss-softokn-freebl (actually, *all* the nss/nspr
>>> libraires) do not fit the normal library naming, so it's not explicitly pulled for
>>> multilib. For any update or release set that's composed with a package that explicitly
>>> requires a compat arch of nss-softokn-freebl (such as glibc, libpurple,
>>> pam_pkcs11, etc.), it will get pulled in via dependency resolution. F-13
>>> updates has none of these, so it doesn't.
>>> We could add some hacks to mash to get it pulled in, but I must ask...
>>> why do all the NSS/NSPR libraries version their libraries in the library
>>> name instead of the so version (i.e., libfreebl3.so instead of
>>> libfreebl.so.3)?
>> Because upstream selected it's names before linux naming was anything
>> like widespread.
>> nss/nspr upstream was also unusual in considering binary compatibility
>> breakage a sev 1 bug. It's expected that old apps run against new versions.
>> One good side effect of this is there is no name colision in the
>> libraries between Network Security Services and Name Switch Select, nor
>> NSS's libssl3.so and openssl's libssl.so.
> OK. Copying from the bug:
> There are two 'simple' fixes for this that don't involve hotfixing the push
> infrastructure:
> 1) For all nss/nspr packages that don't have .so symlinks in their devel
> packages, add %{?_isa} to the requires in the devel packages.
> See https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PackagingDrafts/ArchSpecificRequires for
> a packaging draft for this.
> For example, that would change, in nss-softokn-freebl-devel:
> Requires:         nss-softokn-freebl = %{version}-%{release}
> to:
> Requires:         nss-softokn-freebl%{?_isa} = %{version}-%{release}
> in nss-softokn-freebl-devel,
> Requires:         nss-softokn = %{version}-%{release}
> to
> Requires:         nss-softokn%{?_isa} = %{version}-%{release}
> in nss-softokn-devel, and so on.
> The reason this is needed is that for most -devel pacakges, there is automatic
> dependencies added on the proper library package due to following the '.so'
> devel symlink to the main library. This doesn't work for nss/nspr, as the
> -devel packages don't have these symlinks.
> 2) Wait for either of https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/glibc-2.12-2 or
> https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/pidgin-2.7.1-2.fc13 to be pushed to
> stable, as those will pull in the i686 nss-softokn-freebl through library
> dependencies.

Thank you Bill.

> Bill

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