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libtool and soname's

From: Karl Berry
Subject: libtool and soname's
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 12:29:16 -0500

Dear libtool gurus,

I'm forwarding this suggestion for a libtool enhancement for a long-time
TeX contributor.  Web2c/kpathsea is hopefully going to switch to using
libtool soon, and this feature would be very helpful.

Thanks for your consideration,

Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 11:32:42 +0100 (CET)
From: Peter Breitenlohner <address@hidden>

The current libtool always uses an soname=libfoo.so.x or equivalent (on
systems supporting such things). In the past I had to fiddle around with
things in cases where an soname=libfoo.so.x.y was needed, and once web2c
switches to libtool, libkpathsea may turn out to be such a case.

It would be extremely helpful to have a libtool parameter that allows to
change the default soname=libfoo.so.x into one of the other possibilities:
soname=libfoo.so, libfoo.so.x.y, or even libfoo.so.x.y.z -- although that
last case isn't really needed, one can use libtool's -release with the same

This could be done either when configuring libtool or at run-time. Doing
this at runtime seems preferable to me, there may be situations when there
are several libraries with different needs. But, on the other hand, doing
this when libtool is configured may be easier to implement.

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