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Re: Alternate SONAME values

From: Russ Allbery
Subject: Re: Alternate SONAME values
Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 22:37:57 -0700
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Ganesan Rajagopal <address@hidden> writes:

> I didn't know this. But trying to make -version-info get the SONAME you
> need is an abuse of libtool in any case. I think -version-number option
> available in recent versions of libtool is perfect for this.

When introducing libtool with a libraries like X that have a
well-established SONAME, one does not get to change the SONAME just
because new applications using libtool shouldn't try to override the
SONAME.  It may be libtool abuse in a new application with no established
library versioning, but for X, it's the difference between a working build
system and a broken build system.

There are ten-year-old binaries that expect a particular SONAME for the X
libraries and can't simply be rebuilt.  It's very, very important that
they not break.

Russ Allbery (address@hidden)             <>

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