Uniting to get upstreams to use system libraries

Santiago M. Mola cooldwind at gmail.com
Fri Sep 19 01:13:18 PDT 2008

On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 5:27 AM, Toshio Kuratomi <a.badger at gmail.com> wrote:
> One of the basic guidelines we have in Fedora is that a package should
> not link against a local copy of a library.  Instead libraries should be
> included in the system and applications should link against that.[1]_

We have the same policy on Gentoo too (I guess that most distros do).

> I'd like to know if other distributions also consider separating
> libraries from applications to be a best practice.  If so, would you be
> willing to collaborate on getting upstreams to see our point of view?

If a package needs changes to link against a system library, we
usually patch it and send the patch upstream along with an explanation
of the problem. I think that should continue being the main method to
raise upstream awareness.

However, if anyone has good ideas about extra things we can do
together, that's welcome.

Santiago M. Mola
Jabber ID: cooldwind at gmail.com

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