gnutls version checking too strict (was: Bug#540449: needs a versioned dependency on libtasn1-3)

Andreas Metzler ametzler at
Sat Aug 8 14:56:46 CEST 2009

On 2009-08-08 Andreas Metzler <ametzler at> wrote:
> Upstream seems to have changed the code to require installation of
> both gcrypt and tasn versions that greater or equal version gnutls
> was built against.

> (See for comparison.)

The gnutls 2.8 series will absolutely fail to work if the currently
installed version of libtasn1 or libgcrypt is not greater or equal
than the version gnutls was built against. This is much too cautious
since the libtasn1 ABI has not changed at all since 1.6. A gnutls
binary built against libtasn1 2.3 will work perfectly fiine with e.g.
libtasn1 2.0.

It also makes our (Debian and probably other distributors) life
unnecessary difficult, without any benefit for us, we already track
ABI through dependencies.

Please undo these changes, proposed patch against GIT HEAD attached.
thanks, cu andreas

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