pcre packages

Charles Wilson cwilson@ece.gatech.edu
Mon May 12 22:50:00 GMT 2003


Please don't go back here.


Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> The archives look ok but do we really need 5 of them for a 145K package?
> Why not delivering cygpcre.dll and cygpcreposix.dll as hardlinks inside
> of libpcre0?  As long as pcre isn't breaking backward compatibility,
> that should be ok.  And the docs could be part of the devel package,
> I guess.  This would drop the packages to 3 + src.

Trust me, bite the bullet now.  That way, you'll have fewer problems 
when (if) pcre-5.0 breaks compatibility.  Arguably, ALL packages that 
provide DLLs and have *any* possibility of API changes should be 
packaged this way.

After all, Red Hat does, for most -src.rpm's that provide libraries. 
Ditto Debian.  Splitting is good.

Splitting upon initial contribution is even better, because it avoids 
the upgrade hell that these five packages are necessary to work around, 
in order to get to the state of goodness that is 'split packages'.


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