[sword-devel] installing Sword in Ubuntu 8.10

Greg Hellings greg.hellings at gmail.com
Mon Nov 10 13:59:42 MST 2008


> On a related but lately ignored note, for a packager for any Linux
> distro, what is the solution for the non conventional naming (versioning
> really) of the library?
> It is: libsword-1.5.11.so when it should be something like
> libsword-1.5.11.so.1 or libsword-1.5.so.11 and then use a symlink for
> the non versioned name like libsword.1.5.11.so or libsword.1.5.so
> respectively.

Unfortunately, the naming schemes you suggest would be deceptive and
counter-productive.  There is no guarantee that libsword-1.5.11.so
will be interface-compatible with libsword-1.5.12.so.  So naming them
libsword-1.5.so.11 and libsword-1.5.so.12 would simply lead to
confusion.  Calling them libsword.so.1.5.11 would be even more
misleading.  Those are just my opinion - I see nothing wrong with
calling it libsword-1.5.11.so.  In fact, I think it's much better than
libraries which seem to have no way of indicating to someone observing
them what their actual version might be.  With just a simple glance at
the libsword name, I can tell what version I'm linking against.


> Also note that libsword.so.1.5.11 would be excellent as well.
> http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Program-Library-HOWTO/shared-libraries.html#AEN46
> Thanks,
> Jason
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