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Re: removal of .la files from Debian and a possible solution to the libt

From: Anssi Hannula
Subject: Re: removal of .la files from Debian and a possible solution to the libtool shared libs problem
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 17:46:12 +0300
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Paul Wise wrote:
> Just so you know, Debian is removing all .la files where possible or
> emptying dependency_libs where not possible:
> Would it be possible to implement dependency_libs_shared or similar in
> libtool? More information about this idea is here:
> This would allow static linking to continue, but also remove many
> unneeded dependencies.

I don't understand what the proposed dependency_libs_shared would be for.

dependency_libs contains the dependencies of a library. These are needed
when linking statically. These are also needed when linking dynamically,
but only on certain systems (they are not needed on normal linux systems).

I think the proper way to solve this is to not link to dependency_libs
when linking dynamically on systems where it is not needed to link to
those. I haven't seen any correctly working patches that implement this.

Anssi Hannula

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