[geos-devel] RFC6 - Discourage use of C++ API by requiring a configure switch to install the c++ headers and SDK

Sandro Santilli strk at kbt.io
Thu Oct 5 02:52:39 PDT 2017

On Thu, Oct 05, 2017 at 10:49:53AM +0100, Robert Coup wrote:
> Hi Bas,
> On 5 October 2017 at 07:02, Sebastiaan Couwenberg <sebastic at xs4all.nl>
> wrote:
> > On 10/05/2017 12:34 AM, Robert Coup wrote:
> > > Alternative is to work with on C++ APIs/ABIs and compatibility with the
> > > distros and make it clear that having 7 versions of GEOS installed is
> > > completely normal. And woe betide if there's a security problem with the
> > > WKB parser that affects them all. But that's a huge amount of effort to
> > go
> > > to for something the project has recommended against since forever...
> >
> > That may be fine for fink, but having more than one version of a library
> > is not acceptable for Debian and neither is it for EPEL AFAIK. So the
> > above is not going to happen in the most popular Linux distributions.
> Trying to understand this a bit deeper - it's possible to have 2x GDALs
> installed. eg. libgdal1h and libgdal20 will live side by side (though
> python-gdal/gdal-bin clash), but you're saying a particular release
> (xenial/jessie) will only ever have 1x GDAL package in it?

This is also an interesting question for PostGIS, where lack of
multiple-versions of the same thing would prevent proper upgrades.

BTW, I have python2 and python3 installed at the same time, via
packages, and I think qt4 and qt5 too...


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