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Re: [PATCH] SOCKS Support for CVS 1.11.2

From: Jens-Uwe Mager
Subject: Re: [PATCH] SOCKS Support for CVS 1.11.2
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 19:27:24 +0200

On Mon, Apr 22, 2002 at 01:09:58PM -0400, Larry Jones wrote:
> Jens-Uwe Mager writes:
> > 
> > The attached patch adds support to configure for linking in the SOCKS
> > library. The configure script must be regenerated using autoconf after
> > applying this patch.
> I made a similar patch long ago but abandoned it since the existence of
> runsocks and SocksCap seemed to obviate the need for it.  Is there
> really any need to link with SOCKS rather than just invoking it at
> runtime?  There also doesn't seem to be any demand -- you're the only
> other person I've seen even mention it here.

There are some platforms, notably AIX that do not support a feature
like LD_PRELOAD to enable runsocks to work. There is no way to make
socks support to work other than linking it in into the main executable
statically. I also do work on AIX quite often, and I had to add socks
support every time to be able to access open source repositories via
the pserver protocol across the corporate firewall.

I could imagine that MacOS X could make use of it as well, the MacOS X
dynamic linker is a very strange beast.

Jens-Uwe Mager  <pgp-mailto:62CFDB25> <jabber:jum@jabber.com>

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