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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: Sat, 8 Nov 2008 08:24:30 -0800

On Sat, Nov 8, 2008 at 7:00 AM, Roumen Petrov
<address@hidden> wrote:
> Russ Allbery wrote:
>> Roumen Petrov <address@hidden> writes:
>>> Russ Allbery wrote:
>>>> Debian's experience to date is that --as-needed is buggy and breaks a
>>>> lot of software, and overall is not a particularly stable solution.
>>>> Removing *.la files so that the unneeded shared libraries aren't linked
>>>> in the first place works considerably better at the moment.
>>> Could you point by example how libtool add "pile of unnecessary
>>> dependencies" ?  Whit this example could you confirm that libtool add
>>> more(extra) libraries then specified by project authors ?
>> When you create a libtool library, libtool records every library against
>> which that library was linked into the *.la file.  If you then link
>> another shared library against that shared library using libtool, libtool
>> reads that list of libraries from the *.la file and links the new library
>> against them as well.
> But problem is not in the libtool.

Yes it is. If you're linking to libfoo, libtool reads and
adds direct links to everything in dependency_libs. Let's say libfoo
depends on libbar and libbaz. You're application ends up directly
linking to libfoo, libbar and libbaz instead of just libfoo.


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