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From: Akim Demaille
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 16:52:15 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.1007 (Gnus v5.10.7) Emacs/21.4 (gnu/linux)

>>> "Bob" == Bob Friesenhahn <address@hidden> writes:

 > On Fri, 10 Jun 2005, Akim Demaille wrote:
 >> >> AFAICS, from the source and its effect on configure, AC_DISABLE_STATIC
 >> >> *permanently* disables the possibility to create static library.  The
 >> >> documentation says it changes the *default* value for --disable-static.
 >> > Apparently this leads to some problems.  For example, if the user
 >> > selects --enable-shared --disable-static and something is unable to
 >> > build as shared, then the build simply fails.  I learned this the hard
 >> > way under Cygwin and MinGW.
 >> I'm unsure I understand what you're actually suggesting: that the
 >> documented use should not be implemented?  It seems to me that
 >> implementing it actually allows the installer to change the default
 >> behavior, while having a static AC_DISABLE_STATIC prevents any form of
 >> late decision.  (But that might be what you were pointing out :)

 > I am agreeing with you that there is a real problem!!!

The solution is simple:  AC_DISABLE_STATIC is just

: ${enable_static=no}

and similarly for SHARED.

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