On 2008-04-03 20:20+0200 Rafael Laboissiere wrote:
> * Alan W. Irwin <irwin@...> [2008-04-03 10:51]:
>> However, to help the PLplot upstream developers make the decision, please
>> answer my question about how much practical Debian packaging work is
>> required by you to do a major version bump for each of the libraries I
>> mentioned. I assume its fairly negligible since major version changes do
>> happen from time to time for most libraries, but if that assumption is not
>> correct, let us know.
> The actual amount of work for adapting the package for the new version major
> number is not very high. It involves essentially changing the name of the
> On the other hand, bumps in major numbers normally imply library transition
> procedures, which are painful sometimes, but should not be the case of the
> PLplot and LASi libraries (they have almost no reverse-dependencies).
> That said, I find it very strange that the whole world *_has_* to adapt to
> Mac OS X. I have never heard about this before in the Free Software
> The fact that different OSes have different soname versions for the same
> version of a given version of a library is something quite common. For
> instance, for the same --version-info value, libtool produces different
> library versions in Linux and HPUX.
Thanks, Rafael, for your response to my question and your other valuable input.
I hope we make the final decision fairly soon, but I am also waiting for
further input from the Mac OS X POV.
Alan W. Irwin
Astronomical research affiliation with Department of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Victoria (astrowww.phys.uvic.ca).
Programming affiliations with the FreeEOS equation-of-state implementation
for stellar interiors (freeeos.sf.net); PLplot scientific plotting software
package (plplot.org); the libLASi project (unifont.org/lasi); the Loads of
Linux Links project (loll.sf.net); and the Linux Brochure Project