[Evolution-hackers] Request for adding version information to libcamel soname

Previously, Loïc Minier reported a problem in how the libcamel library
is versioned, see http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=321372. The
problem can be seen in the filename /usr/lib/libcamel-1.2.so.0.0.0,
which stays the same between each release.

For the distribution package maintainers, having possibly incompatible
libraries with conflicting filenames is a headache.

Regarding Evolution 2.6 for Debian, changing the soname would mean
losing binary compatibility with other distributions. Although not
ideal, that is currently being considered.

What is important for us is to choose an soname that won't conflict with
a potential future soname upstream. Therefore, we'd like to have your
thoughts on if libcamel should have versioned soname or not, and what
version scheme you will use.

Our suggestion is that we use "-version-info $(LIBCAMEL_CURRENT):
$(LIBCAMEL_REVISION):$(LIBCAMEL_AGE)" for 2.6 and upstream does the same
for the next release with bumped versions. How does that sound?

Øystein Gisnås
Debian Evolution Maintainer Team

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