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Re: Feature request: setting env vars for binary wrappers

From: Roumen Petrov
Subject: Re: Feature request: setting env vars for binary wrappers
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 21:53:12 +0300
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Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
On Fri, 18 Apr 2008, Roumen Petrov wrote:

And if application don't read environment, next request is libtool wrapper script to pass arguments to application command line.

The whole idea is libtool overkill.

This statement is a little "over the top". Why are you so vehemently against extending libtool's wrapper for this?

Because I think that modules/application/packages/etc should do their best work. I don't think that a particular package hast o support partially or to implement very basic functionality. The est example is microsoft software where application is feature reach but 99.9% of features are with partially or basic functionality.

In some cases application depend from other services.
In this case a specific to project wrapper script has to run services, to check if service is run, to run project application and when application finish to stop service. The test can be run from makefile.

Certainly it is a bit more work for the libtool project (particularly adding a wrapper for static binaries) but I can't think of any technical reason not to support it via environment variables only, as we already do with some other environment variables. It would help if an interested party were to submit a patch, along with signing the necessary paperwork with the FSF so it can be accepted.

We should add it to the TODO list for libtool 2.3.



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