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Idevelopment-package-ships-elf-binary-in-path

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The tag is present in Lintian version 2.104.264. That is the most recent version we know about.

This development package (ie. from the libdevel section of the archive) installs an ELF binary within $PATH.

Commonly, executables in development packages provide values that are relevant for using the library. Source packages that use such development packages tend to execute those executables to discover how to use the library.

When performing a cross build, host architecture binaries are generally not executable. However, development packages need to be installed on the host architecture so such files are useless.

An alternative approach is to use pkg-config(1) or potentially splitting architecture-independent development tools into a separate package that can be marked Multi-Arch: foreign.

Refer to Bug#794295 and Bug#794103 for details.

This tag is experimental.

Visibility: info

Check: binaries

The following 87 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 179 times.

We found 4 overrides. The tag performed 98% of the time.