I maintain IDJC [1], which depends on libshout. The latest version though depends on libshout-idjc a fork of the original library, since the idjc upstream developer wanted some extra functionality on libshout and didn't want to wait for libshout upstream to adopt his changes.

I've read the relevant documentation [2] but I'm not sure what's the best way to proceed. The good thing that he doesn't bundle his version of libshout, but instead he has made it a separate release [3], which could also be packaged for Fedora. But a fork is a fork.

Should I just make a request for exception and package the forked library or should the package be orphaned?

[1] https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/idjc
[2] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:No_Bundled_Libraries
[3] http://sourceforge.net/projects/idjc/files/

Nikos Roussos
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