Subject: Re: Looking for binary pkg xmradio and mplayer for NetBSD 2.0
To: None <>
From: Martijn van Buul <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 03/31/2005 14:26:40
It occurred to me that Zbigniew Baniewski wrote in gmane.os.netbsd.general:
> On Thu, Mar 31, 2005 at 02:11:24PM +0000, Martijn van Buul wrote:
>> pkgsrc doesn't have libraries split up in the actual libraries and the
>> header files hidden in a "-dev" package.
> So, you mean, there's no separate "development"-libraries? Ouch.

I don't see the "ouch" in that. There's very little to gain from having
such a setup.

The only *real* benefit is the possibility to have multiple .so.whatever
versions of your library around, so that you don't need to recompile programs
depending on a library if that library changes it's major version, while having
one current "-dev" header package. 

(Actually, I think only debian and debian-esque distributions have this 
peculiar setup)