Proposal to (formally/easily) allowing multiple versions of the same library installable

Rex Dieter rdieter at
Fri Feb 13 17:15:58 UTC 2015

Hedayat Vatankhah wrote:

> 2. No reviews are required for new libfooX packages (as it is not
> required right now when you update your libfoo package

I disagree with this point, reviews are important, arguably *more* important 
in special cases like parallel-installable libraries.

> For -devel packages, two methods can be allowed:
> 1. Simple: -devel packages conflict with each other, so while you can
> have multiple versions of libfoo installed, you can have only a single
> version of libfoo-devel installed
> 2. Flexible: Provide the possibility of installing multiple -devel
> versions, and a method to select the "default" one, like the
> alternatives system.

+1 for option 2, option 1 is bad, there be dragons.

Though there are many opportunities for bikeshedding, the rest of your 
proposal seems reasonable.

-- Rex

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