library versioning

Benedikt Meurer benedikt.meurer at
Sun Jan 23 19:24:46 CET 2005

Simon Huggins wrote:
> Salut XFCE4!
> On Sat, Jan 22, 2005 at 02:15:04PM +0100, Benedikt Meurer wrote:
>>Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
>>In short: The problems people have in upgrading to 4.2 and using 4.0
>>and 4.2 in parallel are most likely caused by the fact that we didn't
>>bump the libxfce4util major version for 4.2.0. I realized that when I
>>was preparing 4.2.0, but I didn't want to break it for the release
>>(esp.  since some amazingly complicated Linux distributions use the
>>major version in the package, and that would have meant to rebuild all
>>packages, a maintinace nightmare, no wonder that the release of this
>>distribution is delayed again and again :-), but thats off-topic now).
> Bah, that's hardly a reason for doing the wrong thing with sonames.
> Debian gets this right exactly so it can have different versions of
> different libraries in its distributions.  That doesn't have anything to
> do with the delays in its release.
> It's not a maintenance nightmare for packagers if upstream gets it right.

Hey, just kidding. Sure, we should have bumped the libxfce4util major 
version, and people wouldn't have had trouble with updating to 4.2.

> Simon.


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