Packaging Questions, New Debian Package, Packagers Guide

Francois Gouget fgouget at
Wed Nov 24 06:00:04 CST 2004

On Wed, 24 Nov 2004, Shachar Shemesh wrote:
> Marcus Meissner wrote:
>> Here is a list of the soft dependencies. We suggest packagers
>> install each and every last of those before building the package. These 
>> libraries are not dependencies in the RPM sense. In DEB packages, they 
>> should appear as "Suggests" or "Recommends", as the case may be.
>   Adds support for BiDi to Wine. 
> Instructions for building (and testing) with BiDi are available at 

The problem with ICU is that, iirc, it introduces a dependency on 
libstdc++, and, afaik, libstdc++ binary compatiblity is broken quite 

This is probably not an issue for the Debian packages which we can 
expect to be rebuilt whenever a libstdc++ becomes the Debian standard. 
But it's a problem if one wants to build a somewhat generic RPM package 
that can be installed on anything from RedHat 8 to Fedora Core 3, or on 
RedHat, Mandrake and SUSE.

So if the Package Maintainer's guide recommends building with ICU, it 
should also mention this issue.

Francois Gouget         fgouget at
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