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

From: Russ Allbery
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Don't install .la files when --no-la-files is used
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2008 16:05:06 -0800
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Bob Friesenhahn <address@hidden> writes:

> It seems that there is an issue for Linux distribution maintainers. What
> needs to be done about it so that this topic does not come up so often?

Well, my preference would be to implement the change to libtool described
in my previous message, but since that had been proposed many years ago
and was not done, I assume that there's some reason why it's a bad idea
that I'm not aware of.

pkg-config supports having separate dependency lists for static linking
and shared linking, which seems to adequately address this problem (if
that feature is actually used; the documentation last I looked was a bit
lacking and a lot of pkg-config *.pc providers aren't aware of it).
libtool could do something similar, but there would have to be some way to
tell libtool which libraries are required for shared linking and which are
required only for static linking.

Russ Allbery (address@hidden)             <>

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