[CentOS-devel] Circular build dependencies in RHCS packages

Mon Aug 1 23:33:22 UTC 2005
Feizhou <feizhou at graffiti.net>

>> xxx packages frequently contain the libraries and the xxx-devel 
>> packages the C headers and what not.
>> Pretty much pointless in installing the C headers without installing 
>> the libraries also.
> Which is why *-devel packages should include the libraries. But I 
> don't see why RedHat should coerce me into installing 
> package-which-might-do-something-unnecessary-and-perhaps-nasty on my 
> development box just so the libraries are available for package building. 


Get lost. What difference does it make if installing xxx-devel does the 
same thing as installing xxx and xxx-devel besides there being no need 
for a xxx rpm?

You still install 'something-unnecessary-and-perhaps-nasty' when you 
install the contains-everything xxx-devel rpm.

If you want to compile something that uses xxx, you very well NEED to 
install xxx.

Separating the C headers or whatever that is needed for building into a 
xxx-devel rpm allows more control on what is installed.

Are you going to blast the MySQL guys too? If you install MySQL-devel, 
you will have to install MySQL-shared.

RedHat is not coercing you into anything.