Using "mysql-common" as a package name for a MariaDB package is showstopper for adding us into any Debian repository

Bug #587850 reported by Henrik Ingo on 2010-05-31
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Kristian Nielsen

Bug Description

Packages built by MariaDB buildbot system can be seen here:
Packages from OurDelta are here:

MariaDB deb packages contain packages "mysql-common" and "libmysqlclient16". OurDelta additionally ships a "libmysqlclient15off" package.

This issue was in fact reported once, but we decided to ignore it then:

Since this is the exact name of a package that already exists in Debian (the original mysql-common from MySQL) then this prevents MariaDB from being in a Debian repository.

The current package naming seems to have been chosen as a work around to solve some behavior where APT would prefer to install a MySQL package instead of an Ourdelta package (and this is inherited in current MariaDB packaging). (I will post in a comment an IRC discussion of the details with more info.)

MariaDB must have unique package names and use Provides: and Conflicts: to properly replace existing MySQL packages. It is not a correct solution to produce packages that have the identical same name as the MySQL package.

There could be many different solutions. At the moment it is unclear why apt-get proposes to install a package that shouldn't even be considered since it "Conflict:"s with a package being installed instead. If this is true, it may be considered a bug in apt-get. (This needs to be re-verified as a first step of fixing this bug.)

Alternatively: for "mysql-common" we could decide that on Debian platforms we in fact "Depend:" on the original MySQL package and then provide additions in a "mariadb-common" package that installs additional configurations in /etc/mysql/conf.d/ and similarly we could omit to provide a libmysqlclient16 package at all.

Henrik Ingo (hingo) wrote :
tags: added: 5.2 debian packaging
Henrik Ingo (hingo) wrote :

I added 5.2 into tags: If we need to change details of the packaging, such as package names, this should be done before 5.2 RC.

Henrik Ingo (hingo) wrote :

[13:05:22] <serg> so, mysql-client-5.1 depends on libmysqlclient16 (>= 5.1.43-1) and libdbd-mysql-perl (>= 1.2202)
[13:05:50] <serg> libdbd-mysql-perl (>= 1.2202) in turn depends on libmysqlclient16 (>= 5.1.21-1)
[13:06:39] <serg> that is, we need to provide libmysqlclient16 to satisfy libdbd-mysql-perl dependencies

Changed in maria:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in maria:
assignee: nobody → Sergei (sergii)
Kristian Nielsen (knielsen) wrote :

Apart from libdbd-mysql-perl, another important thing to check is that libmyodbc works correctly. We had a bug where it did not work with MariaDB client library, as it uses internal stuff (the actual culprit was fastmutexes calls).

A full list of packages that depend on libmysqlclient can be obtained from

    apt-cache rdepends libmysqlclient15off

The mysql-common package contains /etc/mysql/my.cnf. It seems to me that mariadb and mysql has to use the same my.cnf, since they use the same data directory /var/lib/mysql. Otherwise a user switching from mysql to mariadb or vice versa could experience all kinds of problems when the my.cnf suddenly changes server configuration.

Sergei Golubchik (sergii) wrote :
Changed in maria:
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in maria:
milestone: none → 5.2
Kristian Nielsen (knielsen) wrote :

In MariaDB 5.5, there is no longer a conflict on package mysql-common. We do
provide a mysql-common package in the MariaDB repo for completeness, but it is
perfectly possible to use MariaDB with the standard mysql-common package from
the main repos. MariaDB-specific config is done through a separate package

As for package libmysqlclient16 - this is an empty package that depends on
libmariadbclient16. This is necessary as long as MariaDB is maintained in a
3rd-party repository. There are other packages with versioned dependencies on
libmysqlclient16. To replace with the MariaDB version, we
need to provide a real libmysqlclient package to satisfy these dependencies.

But when/if MariaDB is integrated into the main repositories, this can be
handled with the alternatives system. Eg. main libmysqlclient16 package can be
a virtual package that depends: on libmariadbclient16 |

So this should be fixed now.

Changed in maria:
assignee: Sergei (sergii) → Kristian Nielsen (knielsen)
milestone: 5.2 → 5.5
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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