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Re: Feature request: setting env vars for binary wrappers

From: Bob Friesenhahn
Subject: Re: Feature request: setting env vars for binary wrappers
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 14:15:55 -0500 (CDT)

On Fri, 18 Apr 2008, Roumen Petrov wrote:
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.

The difference between libtool and Microsoft software is that libtool is developed by volunteers and Microsoft software is developed by well-paid employees of a many billion-dollar company. As a result, every feature in libtool is developed because someone wants it badly enough that they are willing to develop it themselves.

Libtool is not over-featured at this time. As Ralf says, we are already passing environment variables to the wrapper so it is no big deal to pass more. The only substantial change is for static builds which currently don't have a wrapper.

The static build is a more significant concern since static builds are often used for debugging purposes and if we hide the static binary in a subdirectory, it may be more difficult to debug. We need to make sure that it is both possible to obtain the necessary run-time environment, and to run the debugger on the correct binary. Proposals for the cleanest way to do that are appreciated.

Bob Friesenhahn
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