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Re: lib/40346: libexpat should be in base.tgz

The following reply was made to PR lib/40346; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Matthias Drochner <>
To: Manuel Bouyer <>
Subject: Re: lib/40346: libexpat should be in base.tgz 
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 21:09:45 +0100

 In former times, with X11R6 from xsrc, we had problems with pkgsrc
 applications mixing shared library versions from /usr/X11R6 and
 /usr/pkg. pkgsrc evolves faster than common system installations,
 and newer software wants features only present in libraries provided
 by pkgsrc. Worst offenders were freetype and fontconfig iirc, perhaps
 Mesa, don't remember details.
 To avoid this from happening again we should only put these libraries
 into public namespace which are "NEEDED" by X11 libraries which
 are comprising our base X11 support. Not those which are only used
 by X11 programs in /usr/X11R7/bin.
 So all external/pkgsrc software would have to use the pkgsrc version.
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