[XML-SIG] packaging issue

Martin v. Loewis martin@loewis.home.cs.tu-berlin.de
Mon, 16 Oct 2000 09:36:57 +0200

> Isn't there a packaging issue with 4DOM being possibly provided by to
> means (PyXml and 4Suite) ? I don't know about RPMs, but I understand that
> this will cause major headaches to .deb maintainers.

I think the problem is beyond what those package systems are designed
to do. It's not that the distributions coincidently include the same
files - they have the same file names on purpose. An intelligent
decision of the system administrator is required to decide which one
to use - the packaging system can't (and shouldn't) make this decision.

Distributors can make a decision for the maintainer; I can see a
number of intelligent decisions: Include the 4DOM modules only in one
of them; produce an independent 4DOM package; provide a single package
containing both PyXML and 4Suite.

In any case: this is a packaging problem; I don't think such a problem
should change what the XML-SIG or Fourthought maintains in there
source code repositories. Patches to setup.py of PyXML are certainly