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Re: [PATCH] Don't install .la files when --no-la-files is used

From: Dan Nicholson
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Don't install .la files when --no-la-files is used
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2008 14:17:57 -0800

On Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 2:05 PM, Ralf Wildenhues <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello Dan,
> * Dan Nicholson wrote on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 03:17:53PM CET:
>> On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 12:59 PM, Ralf Wildenhues <address@hidden> wrote:
>> > * Dan Nicholson wrote on Sat, Nov 01, 2008 at 09:48:28PM CET:
>> >> Add an option, --no-la-files, which skips installing the .la files. When
>> >> used with --mode=uninstall, libtool tries to use the .lai file from the
>> >> build directory.
>> >>  Does this seem reasonable? I've checked that this doesn't break
>> >>  uninstall or distcheck.
>> >
>> > It does break third-party packages that would like to link against your
>> > library.  So we should not encourage it.
>> It doesn't break 3rd party packages when you're installing a system
>> library. Would it make any difference if I reworked the patch to:
> No, it would not; sorry.
> During the last twelve months, I think I have had to tell maybe a dozen
> people not to remove installed .la files to fix their problems.  As
> nobody is volunteering to do this work for, let's pick a random number,
> say the next three years from now on, I see no reason to justify making
> the removal of .la files easier for libtool users.
> Rather, the right solution is to make libtool work right in the presence
> of installed .la files in those cases where it does not do the right
> thing at the moment.

Oh, well. You do know that all the linux distros (that I know of)
remove the .la files, right? I was sort of hoping there would be a
nice way to do that.


P.S. Why do you keep setting the reply-to on your emails to me? I try
to reply to your messages and end up sending them to myself.

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