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Re: duplicate dependencies [was: RE: Very slow links: > 1 hour to lin k

From: Rob Browning
Subject: Re: duplicate dependencies [was: RE: Very slow links: > 1 hour to lin k single executable - can we help?]
Date: Mon, 05 Nov 2001 10:50:31 -0600
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"Boehne, Robert" <address@hidden> writes:

> This is a known problem that results from supporting multiple
> dependent archive libraries.  In some cases libtool can't strip the
> redundant -lfoo -lbar in dependencies.

Is this because it doesn't know how, or because stripping them would
be bad in some situations (what you say later implies the latter, but
I wanted to be sure), and if stripping duplicates would be bad, why?
If this has been discussed before, and if anyone has a pointer to the
discussion handy, I'd appreciate it.

> I would propose that libtool would strip all duplicate dependencies
> (as it used to do) unless a command line flag is given.  I did pose
> this question a few weeks ago but didn't get any response.  Time
> permitting, I'll post a patch that would require the KDE developers
> (and others in this situation) to add a flag that preserves all of
> the dependencies when linking.  In my project, compile times go from
> 6 hours to infinity.  ;) So I've made my own that won't
> preserve any duplicate dependencies.  As soon as I can find the time
> I'll work this into a patch.

Does this help the run-time for the libtool step as well as the link
step?  Both of those are a problem here -- /bin/sh takes forever to
compute the list of libs, and then ld takes forever to link them,
balooning up to 480MB during the process!

Rob Browning
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