Does -devel package name only indicate "C" development packages?

Adam Williamson awilliam at
Sat May 18 17:12:52 UTC 2013

On Sat, 2013-05-18 at 06:18 -0400, Daniel J Walsh wrote:
> I have a request to change the name of selinux-policy-devel to
> selinux-policy-devel-support, since
> "everywhere else in the distro -devel means just header files in c and not any
> other development tools and we have several scripts that assume that's the case."
> selinux-policy-devel contains interface files and tools required to build
> selinux-policy.  It also currently contains the man pages, which I can move to
> the base package.

Well, there may have been some signals crossed somewhere. I've been part
of the discussion about reducing the size of the desktop spin.
selinux-policy-devel doesn't look bad to me, the one that looks like a
problem is policycoreutils-devel :

"The policycoreutils-devel package contains the management tools use to
develop policy in an SELinux environment."

Now *that* is a non-standard interpretation of the -devel suffix. And
policycoreutils-devel requires selinux-policy-devel - a package of
'runtime' stuff depending on a package of 'build time' stuff - and
various 'runtime' packages depend on policycoreutils-devel, notably the
SELinux troubleshooting thing, because policycoreutils-devel contains

That's the thicket we are trying to unpick, I believe.
Adam Williamson
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