[xml/sgml-pkgs] moving on to expat 2.*

Daniel Leidert daniel.leidert.spam at gmx.net
Tue May 13 13:20:06 UTC 2008

Am Dienstag, den 13.05.2008, 09:36 +0200 schrieb Stefan Sobernig:

> I am (co-) responsible for some packaging activities over at
> the Debian Tcl/Tk Team which aim at wrapping-up http://openacs.org in 
> terms of Debian Packages. A key infrastructure component of OpenACS is 
> tDOM (http://www.tdom.org) which requires expat ...
> tDOM has been available as Debian package for quite a time, but was 
> abandoned. We are now resurrecting it and contributing it to the Debian 
> Tcl/Tk collection of packages.

For Lenny or post-Lenny?

> Up to now, the tDOM distribution embeds its own copy of expat (1.95.* 
> and 2.0.1) which is not acceptable when packaging it up for Debian. More 
> recent version of tDOM (0.8.2+) moved on to expat 2.0.1. This raises the 
> issue of the availability of expat 2 in Debian. Are there any plans to 
> provide a libexpat2 package in the very near future? What are your plans?
                    ^ s/2/1 (the SONAME did not change)

I did most of the packaging part last week:


Some items are not yet done. The probably most important outstanding
item is: renaming the library packages for the transition. The situation
isn't easy. The current libexpat1 packages provide a compatibility
symlink, which should be dropped (see #429175). Thus we need a library
rename and a transition, which makes the package update impossible for
Lenny at this point (d-i uses libexpat, so I think, the release managers
would disagree to make the transition at this point).

I currently plan to discuss this issue on debian-release and then -
depending on the results - to upload the package to experimental.

However, I don't have the necessary time this week. But I'm back next

Regards, Daniel

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