Re: [Gábor Gombás] Bug#564566: libkadm5clnt7: SONAME conflict with Heimdal

Tim Mooney mooney at
Tue Jan 12 18:08:30 EST 2010

In regard to: Re: [Gábor Gombás] Bug#564566:	libkadm5clnt7: SONAME conflict...:

> I suppose it would be OK to have, with
> being a symlink.  In fact, one could even decide that the latter is
> controlled by alternatives, on a Debian-like platform.

That's pretty much what I was thinking when I suggested it.

Note that there's no reason why there couldn't *also* (always) be a
symlink named

that points to the versioned library.  That might ease things for
developers -- if they know they need the MIT flavor of the library, they
look specifically for, otherwise they link with
whatever the is on their platform, and it's the sysadmin
that chooses (via something like alternatives) which flavor is the

If there ever is a pkg-config file or krb5-config is extended to help
developers answer the question "how do I link with the MIT libkadm5clnt
library", it should output the symlink, not the
"generic" one that might point to the Heimdal flavor.

>  It just seems like
> it would be wrong to not have the name corresponding to the unversioned
> soname.

I don't disagree, it just seems like it may be the lesser evil.

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