On 30-Dec-2013, Thomas Koch wrote:
> closure compiler is also a library dependency, e.g. of gwt. It might be a
> good idea to provide two binary packages, one for the library jar and
> another one for the manpage + executable.

I have reported bug#733996 <URL:http://bugs.debian.org/733996> for this
request.


On 30-Dec-2013, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> On 30/12/13 21:03, tony mancill wrote:
> > I'm not sure if there is a best practice for executable JARs that are
> > used in both contexts, but adding an additional binary package doesn't
> > seem too bad.

It seems quite appropriate to me. Especially since Lintian (IMO correctly)
warns when a Java library package depends on a JRE package.

> I'll change my own packages to depend on closure-compiler when it exists

That's what I'm hoping for also.


On 31-Dec-2013, gregor herrmann wrote:
> Can't this be solved with a simple
>     Provides: closure-compiler
> in the libclosure-compiler-java package?
> (Or the other way round.)

That doesn't address:

* a manpage for the command (required by Debian policy), which is
  extraneous for a libary package

* separate API documentation for the library, which is extraneous for a
  command package

* better focussed dependencies: the command package needs a JRE, the
  library package should not have that dependency

> Having a de facto empty package doesn't seem very appealing to me.

No package providing a command should be empty; there needs to be the
command, and a manpage, at least. So this objection doesn't seem to apply
for bug#733996.

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