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Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:07:51 +0400
From: Aleksey Cherepanov <>
Subject: Re: Aleksey's daily status report #13

On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 01:43:31PM +0400, Solar Designer wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 11:35:52AM +0200, Frank Dittrich wrote:
> > I agree that the packages should provide proper dependencies (which
> > might be hard because each distribution seems to name the required
> > packages differently)
> I think it's sufficient to have the autodetected dependencies on the
> libraries (by soname).  RPM includes scripts to have such autodetection
> happen automagically (when the package is created).

My .debs require libqtgui4 of version 4.6.0 or higher. libqtgui4 seems
to be standard name for many debian-based distros (at least for those
4 tested (I tried binaries on bodhi linux also)).

My .rpms require . It is not explicitly specified but
rpmbuild added this dependency (with that I guess is
more than necessary because needs in any

As Frank mentioned dependency by package name would be hard to achieve
because different distributions provide qt under different names
(mageia - libqtgui4, opensuse - libqt4-x11, fedora - qt-x11). Though I
guess there is OR operator for dependencies so all possible names
could be listed.

The only problem with dependency is uncertain version. I
tried to specify explicitly but got dependencies to many
i586 packages on x86_64 systems. I guess I need to specify arch for
dependencies but it makes things even more complicated so I considered
to postpone it (probably I'll not implement it at all due to
better/other packaging approach next time). I forgot to mention this
problem in my report.


Aleksey Cherepanov

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