Private-libraries in /usr/lib* - invalid soname.

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at
Fri Apr 20 14:08:51 UTC 2012

Alec Leamas wrote:
> Still a newbie I have repeatedly been running into apps which stores
> private, unversioned libraries into /usr/lib*. The usual symptom is
> 'invalid-soname' errors rpmlint errors.

There's no requirement that our packages have no errors from rpmlint. As far 
as I know, invalid-soname does not match any requirement in our packaging 
guidelines. Unversioned shared libraries are bad, but inventing a library 
version can lead to conflicts with future upstream releases for public 
libraries, and is just not worth it at all for private ones. There's no need 
for a soname version if the library comes from the same package as the only 
user(s) of it.

        Kevin Kofler

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