[Pkg-protobuf-devel] Bug#842159: libprotobuf-dev: Package is not specific to C++ but description says it is

Ian Campbell ijc at debian.org
Wed Oct 26 13:31:54 UTC 2016

Package: libprotobuf-dev
Version: 3.0.0-7
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

I was recently working with a golang project which used protobuf and wanted to
import google/protobuf/descriptor.proto, I struggled to find the correct
package because libprotobuf-dev describes itself as containing libraries for
C++ development so I discounted it without checking properly.

Please consider either clarifying the package description or perhaps moving
*.proto to protoc-compiler (which might then mean #842158 could be closed as no
longer necessary).

-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'stable-updates'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 4.7.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages libprotobuf-dev depends on:
ii  libprotobuf-lite10  3.0.0-7
ii  libprotobuf10       3.0.0-7
ii  zlib1g-dev          1:1.2.8.dfsg-2+b1

libprotobuf-dev recommends no packages.

libprotobuf-dev suggests no packages.

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