/usr/share/java as maven repository?

Dalibor Topic robilad at kaffe.org
Fri Dec 28 13:59:45 UTC 2007

Marcus Better wrote:
> Most of the Debian library packaging guide [1] applies to Java libraries
> too. It seems to me that this problem has been ignored for Java libs just
> because Java doesn't automatically force us to deal with it, like SONAMEs
> do to some extent.
I'm not sure if our ideas are really opposed: I'm talking about 
detecting ABI problems automatically
within the distribution through rebuilding the transitive chain of 
reverse dependencies of an updated
package (i.e. detecting FTBFS problems caused by the update) and running 
their tests to potentially
detect breaking API changes automatically.

You seem to be arguing for packagers to be careful about documented 
ABI/API changes in the
code and to check for them manually, if necessary.

I believe those approaches are complementary.

dalibor topic

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